One website, any device
The company partnered with Reliance Network to develop responsive websites that can be accessed from any device—from smart phone or tablet to desktop computer or smart TV, all without having to download an app.
“We’re excited to bring our clients a consistent experience, no matter where they are,” said HOME IT Director Ben Dinger. “We will have one place for buyers or sellers to come to get the most accurate, local and up-to-date information for their real estate needs.”
Reliance Network specializes in technology for the real estate industry and recently released a new real estate search that caters to the ever-growing percentage of mobile users. HomeRealEstate.com will be the among the first websites to launch this new search.
What’s My Home Worth?
Another first is that the new websites will have a home value tool unlike any other in the local market. People can enter an address and get three different computer-modeled valuations of their homes, including the Zillow® Zestimate® value. They will also have the ability to enter adjustments for renovations and upgrades or contact a local real estate agent for a more accurate estimate.
What neighborhood fits my wants and needs?
The companies also partnered with LiveBy, a Lincoln-based startup, to introduce a beta tool to help match people with their ideal neighborhoods. Visitors to the new sites will be able to use the exclusive tool to discover neighborhoods that meet their identified lifestyles and desires.
LiveBy was co-founded by Cory Scott and Matan Gill, as a result of the JumpStart Challenge issued by HOME in 2015. LiveBy also took part in the NMotion Accelerator program in 2015, and—through HOME connections—will be expanding the beta test into several markets across the country.
“At our company, we build community,” said HOME General Manager Shannon Harner. “What’s a better way to build community than to support our local entrepreneurs and innovators, while also serving our clients and neighborhoods? It’s a win-win.”
Other tools for home buyers and sellers
Finally, the websites will continue to offer a “Property Watch” account for viewing all listings in the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS), and a new “Market Watch” feature for area trend and pricing reports. There are new tools for home selling clients to receive weekly updates on their home’s activity online as well. HOME agents will each get new responsive websites that include the new features.
The sites are expected to launch end of March or first of April.