Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Markets in Everything: Zillow iPhone Ap

Imagine strolling through your neighborhood and, with a glance at your iPhone, finding out instantly how much just about any home you walk by last sold for. What if your iPhone could also display your location on a map that pinpoints nearby homes for sale and any that have recently changed hands? That's the promise of the new location-based iPhone application unveiled today by property valuation and listings giant Zillow.

Users can pull up details on just about any home they are interested in -- not just those that are for sale. "Basically what we've done is put the power of Zillow into the palm of your hand," Zillow COO Spencer Rascoff said. "Pushing the baby stroller around your neighborhood will never be the same."

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5 Comments:

At 4/29/2009 10:59 AM, Blogger Trevre said...

It would be sweet to do the same thing with taxes paid.

 
At 4/29/2009 1:03 PM, Blogger Patrick said...

I thought Zillow had a tax section in it? If only they could show you the inside of the house too. Their "Zestimates" are total junk. Not all 3 bd 2 bath houses are created or maintained equally. Cool app though, it'll be a godsend for real estate investors.

 
At 4/29/2009 10:55 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

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At 4/29/2009 10:56 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

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I smell *Invasion of Privacy Suit*!!

Not that I concur, but if people will complain about a once-every five years pass by their house by Google Maps, what are they going to do with this?

> Cool app though, it'll be a godsend for real estate investors.

And burglars. I'd think that might do them some real bennies, too:

"Hmmm... they paid $40k in taxes last year, eh? And no record of a burglar alarm? Cool!" --


Never -- and I *do* mean never underestimate the power of the
Law of Unintended Consequences

It probably applies to God, which is why we have Entropy...

:oD

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At 4/30/2009 9:53 AM, Blogger Patrick said...

OBH,
I'm pretty sure a burglar wouldn't need Zillow to figure out which houses are likely to have high dollar stuff in them. As for alarm records, I don't think Zillow reports that ;) If the burglar is resourceful enough to get access to that info, then they probably have the skills necessary to make way more money off identity theft than they could from robbing houses.

 

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