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APP WORLD—The real estate search site Sawbuck has just released an app called HomeSnap which lets users find out all the listing data about a house just by taking a picture of it. No more trying to type addresses as you drive by them. There's a video of how it works above and after the break is the full press release. They are at SXSW this week with some cool giveaways, which are also mentioned in the press release. [Sawbuck; iTunes; CurbedInbox]
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Sawbuck Launches HomeSnap
WASHINGTON – March 8, 2012 – Online real estate broker Sawbuck Realty (www.sawbuck.com) today launched HomeSnap for iPhone. HomeSnap lets you take a picture of any home to find out all about it, including its current value, last sale date and price, local schools and more.
Also today, Sawbuck announced the closing of a new $2M round of funding, led by Washington DC real estate investor Robert Stewart.
Simple, Magical App Makes Real Estate Fun
HomeSnap’s unique technology was built to do one thing: instantly tell you all about any home you snap. What is it worth? When did it last sell? For how much? Beds? Baths? Lot size? Which school would my child attend? HomeSnap answers all these questions with a single tap for over 90 million homes across the USA.
In much of the country, HomeSnap seamlessly integrates real-time data from the Multiple Listing Service. If a home is for sale, you see the current list price, interior pictures and complete listing details; even schedule a showing then and there. For a home that just sold, HomeSnap shows the final sale price and complete listing history.
Easy to Track and Share the Homes You Snap
HomeSnap tracks every home you snap and updates each one automatically with new information, including updated values. Snap a home for sale and find out when the price drops or the home goes under contract. HomeSnap also makes it easy to share homes you snap with friends or family through Facebook, Twitter, text message or email.
“Real estate is boring and dry, unless you’re in the market,” said Guy Wolcott, Sawbuck’s co-founder and CEO. “HomeSnap makes real estate accessible, interesting and fun for anyone. It’s Shazam for homes.”
Invited to a party? Take a picture on the way in to find out what they paid and what it’s worth.
Cutting through a neighborhood and see an awesome house for sale? Get complete listing details and bookmark that home for later.
Out of town and wonder what home prices are like? Snap and find out.
HomeSnap for iPhone is free to download from Apple’s App Store. For a video and screenshots, visit sawbuck.com/homesnap.
Download, Snap and Win at SXSW
The HomeSnap Tour Bus will arrive in Austin on Friday, March 9th, for South by Southwest. During the festival, everyone in Austin who downloads HomeSnap will be eligible for one of over 100 instant-win prizes, including an iPad, $100 Apple gift cards and $5 Starbucks gift cards. Follow @HomeSnap to find the Tour Bus and redeem prizes.
Headquartered in Washington DC, Sawbuck Realty (www.sawbuck.com) is an online real estate broker that combines industry-leading websites and apps with an award-winning, consumer-friendly business model. The company connects buyers and sellers with top local real estate agents, and streamlines their transactions. To stay up to date on Sawbuck, follow us on Twitter, @sawbuck, or at facebook.com/SawbuckRealty.
HomeSnap is a unique iPhone app that lets you take a picture of any home to find out all about it. Patent-pending technology, employing most of the iPhone’s sensors, uses advanced algorithms to identify each home. Information comes from Sawbuck’s unique blend of big data, including tax records, MLS data, school information and attendance zones, Census demographics, neighborhood information, lot boundaries, geolocation data and more. The result of all this technology and data is a bit of magic. Follow @HomeSnap or at facebook.com/HomeSnapApp.