Those who like to “surf Zillow” or spend time browsing the listings on the popular real estate portal, now have a new way to enjoy the hobby with others. Using the Zillow app on an iPhone or iPad, home buyers can now search and browse listings for homes for sale and rentals in a seamless and synchronized experience with family, friends or a real estate agent .
Collaborative shopping is enabled by a new feature for FaceTime called SharePlay. While on a FaceTime call, Zillow app users can start a SharePlay session in order to search together, explore maps and view the list of photo galleries in sync on Apple mobile devices. SharePlay is available to anyone using an iPhone or iPad running iOS 15.1 or iPadOS 15.1 or later.
“Whether you’re shopping for a home or a rental, this new feature makes things easier and a lot more fun,” says David Beitel, CTO of Zillow. “The ability to browse together on separate mobile phones takes users to the next level of surfing Zillow. It’s also a great new way for real estate agents to connect with clients and guide them through their in-home purchases.
According to a customer study, 86% of Zillow users say that they shop with a partner, spouse or roommate. This is why Zillow provides tools that make shopping with others easier, such as the Purchasing Partner feature, which allows each user to see the saved homes and tags of another in the ‘Saved homes’ tab. “. SharePlay enables collaboration that happens in real time and allows loved ones to help buyers know their options and save time.
Home buyers, especially millennials, value feedback from others. Zillow’s research shows that most Millennials and Gen Z homebuyers say they discuss their housing decisions with their parents (71%) and friends (61%). Among Millennials and Gen Z homeowners, a majority say they chose not to buy a particular home because of the opinion of a loved one (60%) or parent (54%).
This new feature is the perfect addition to the suite of technology tools – which includes Zillow 3D Home tours and interactive floor plans – Zillow provides to help make moving people easier, less stressful and more fun. “, explains Beitel.
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