Posted by coachhelensmith on July 3, 2014

Homesnap uses mechanisms within your mobile device to pinpoint your exact location at the point of the snap. It’s pretty smart, but not always perfect. If you find that the app is not identifying your correct location, here are some ways to fix it:

  • Make sure your phone’s “Location Services” are turned on. This button can be found in your phone’s general settings (for iPhone, for example, Location Services is located under Privacy Settings.)
  • Check the strength of your wifi or cellular data connection. If you are snapping in a rural area where service can be spotty, the app may have a harder time determining your location at the time of snap.

If the app still has a hard time determining the exact address, follow these steps:

1. After taking the snap, a map will appear with colored dots or flags designated different property addresses in your location.

2. Scroll around the map until you find your exact location, and tap on the address of the home you are trying to snap. Homesnap will then assign the right address to your snap.

Here are a few other tips to improve your snap results:

  • Hold your device in a vertical orientation. The home button should be on the bottom.
  • Be sure you are standing outside (not in a car) when taking a snap, facing the front of the home
  • Try re-calibrating the sensors within your device by either rotating your phone 360 degrees like a steering wheel or flipping your phone 360 degrees towards you.

For more information about taking snaps, please visit support.homesnap.com or give us a call at 800-431-5509.

Posted by gweiswasser on June 26, 2014

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has just released its 2013-14 REALTOR Technology Survey Report, and the results are clear: real estate agents want better mobile technology.

Here are some highlights from the report:

  1. More than half of Realtors use Apple iPhones.
  2. The vast majority (94%) use mobile devices to communicate with clients.
  3. 2 out of 3 agents use their mobile devices to take work-related pictures.
  4. 62% of Realtors want more technology from their MLSs, and nearly half want more technology from their brokers.
  5. What they want: better mobile capabilities, better mobile apps, improved CMA functionality, more ease of use, updated information, and training.

Homesnap Pro is perfectly positioned to provide agents with what they need: a better mobile option that delivers all of the functionality they have requested to do their jobs faster and smarter.

MRIS recognized Homesnap Pro’s value to agents and bought subscriptions to the app for each of its 44,000+ customers. Homesnap’s broker partners listened to their agents and answered their requests for better mobile technology. This NAR survey only underscores the value that Homesnap Pro can bring to other MLS’s and brokerages. 

Posted by gweiswasser on June 20, 2014

David Howell, executive vice president and chief information officer at McEnearney Associates, Inc., one of our Homesnap Pro launch partners, published a blog post last week about why Zillow’s Zestimates are so frequently inaccurate. It’s a good explanation of why an “automated valuation model” (AVM), which is how Zillow arrives at its home values, is incapable of predicting home values with the accuracy needed for people to make smart real estate decisions. Apps like Homesnap, which relies on MLS data rather than automated valuations, are much better options for househunters looking for accurate information about home values.

Give the post a read - it’s definitely worth the time. 

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