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Founded in 2008 and based in Washington DC, Homesnap is a trusted real estate search platform for people to explore homes and search MLS real estate listings -- online or from a mobile phone.

Using the Homesnap app (available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices) you can snap a photo of any home, nationwide, to find out all about it. For listed homes, you may be able to see interior photos too! When you’re ready to buy or sell real estate, you can contact a real estate agent within Homesnap to schedule a showing or list your home in the MLS.

Homesnap is powered by a specialized homes database that combines hundreds of disparate sources of data. Our data feeds include: over 40 MLS real estate databases, property tax records, census data, geographic boundaries, property polygons, school information, mortgage rates and more.

 
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5 Realtor Safety Apps to Help Protect You and Your Clients
Being a professional real estate agent involves working with new people you do not know, and that alone can be risky business. After all, research shows that Realtors meet with prospective clients they have never met before either at their office or a neutral location 65% of the time. Nearly 40% off all Realtors hosted an open house alone last year. Almost one in five felt unsafe when doing so. Agents who have shared their stories online about coming close to avoiding a scary situation when asked to show a home point to a common experience: Something just didn't feel right about the prospect. Calls from restricted numbers, requests to see a home on a moment's notice, or a prospect overemphasizing they will be paying all cash can be warning signs, agents have shared. Several agents have revealed that some sketchy prospects have turned into stalkers – fortunately, that landed them in jail. Fortunately, over the last decade, the National Association of Realtors, along with state and local Realtor associations nationwide, have emphasized the importance of personal, professional, and community safety. Historically, September has been Realtor Safety Month, although remaining safety-conscious is a daily task for every agent. The NAR offers a repository of safety information and tips on its website (nar.realtor/safety), including safety planning strategies, tips and best practices to remain safe, safety training videos, and personal protection resources, which includes safety apps for your smartphone. Do you need to use a safety app for your phone? Consider these agent safety study finding from Agent Genius: Most attacks took place on Thursday or Friday afternoons. Roughly 30% of attack victims are men. Most attacks didn't take place inside major metropolitan areas. About half of attacks involved guns. Several attacks resulted in murder, even though robbery was the original intention. Here are five real estate apps for smartphones that are designed to keep agents safe: 1. Forewarn $20 a month – individual agent What it does: Forewarn offers an instant background check. It lets you know in advance who you are about to work with by verifying identity, searching for criminal histories, and validating information provided by unknown prospects. It needs little information upfront, such as a phone number of the person the agent is planning to meet. Available both online and through its mobile app, Forewarn instantly can help agents reduce their risk through using due diligence upfront. In addition to a personal subscription plan, Forewarn is available through many Realtor associations as a member benefit. 2. Real Safe Agent $4.99 month – individual agent What it does: Real Safe Agent is one of the most robust safety apps designed for real estate agents. It uses Hoosfon to see if a prospect is using a prepaid phone as well as other key information that could indicate a red flag. With Prospect Link, Real Safe Agent offers the ability to request a selfie and photo of their driver's license. These tools are used to build an "Agent Comfort Index," which shows if a prospect has been reaching out to other agents and if those agents reported feeling uncomfortable. By leveraging a social networking design, it allows agents to identify individual safety "buddies," fellow teammates and partners, and other individuals to create a safety network of people who are alerted instantly when an agent feels threatened or is in danger. Agents can also use the app to ask for someone in their network to join them at an open house they are hosting alone via an "Accompany Me" feature. Other features include Drop-in Alerts, allowing you to ask another agent in your network to "drop in" if a someone is making you uncomfortable, and an Open House feature to arrange someone to join you when you are opening or closing – the most dangerous times of an open house. Real Safe Agent also offers a unique 9-1-1 Alerts feature, as it notes it is the only system fully integrated with the nation's 911 system, ensuring the correct address is provided to the 911 operator. The alert can be immediately deployed simply by violently shaking one's smartphone. 3. SafeShowings $4.99 month or $49.99 annually – individual agent What it does: SafeShowings, available to more than one million Realtors through their associations, protects agents and the homeowner by capturing facial images of prospects. It also collects geolocation information from your phone. If there is an alert involved, SafeShowings will automatically send the stat to your emergency contacts. During an open house or individual showing, SafeShowings captures a facial image of anyone who is about to enter a property. It allows you to set a timer during a property showing and if an agent is unable end the timer, an alert is instantly and automatically triggered. 4. Homesnap Pro Free for most agents via their local MLS Homesnap Pro+ is $599 a year, discounted to $499 a year for the first year What it does: Homesnap Pro has been downloaded by more than a million real estate agents nationwide. It has a safety tool built in to the app. Before a showing or an open house, an agent can set a safety timer. The safety timer can be set at the agent's discretion for the amount of time they plan to be at the property. The coolest feature is that the app uses Homesnap geolocation technology, which means it automatically populates the property address when you are within 2000 feet of the property you want to show. Homesnap Pro also has a Distress Alert feature that will automatically text to your emergency contacts your time-stamped location, which an agent can access at any time they feel uncomfortable or threatened. 5. SentriKey Real Estate App Subscription prices for its lockbox service vary based on local association member pricing What it does: SentriLock is the official lockbox solution for the NAR, and is an optional, subscription-based service that associations often offer to their members. Its built-in agent safety feature creates an automatic way for an agent to alert their designated emergency contacts in case of potentially dangerous situations. The Agent Safety feature automatically launches when the mobile app is used to open a SentriKey lockbox. The agent can select a set time – SentriLock recommends approximately 90 seconds — or a time determined by the agent — for the app to prompt for a status update. If the agent us unable to respond, the app will automatically alert the agent's designated emergency contacts if the agent does not or cannot confirm they are safe. Safety is not an accident As you can see, many of these safety apps often require a subscription service. But that can be a small price to pay for the peace of mind and comfort it can bring an agent. For more information about other safety technology for real estate agents, see NAR's Resources for Personal Protection. For help setting up or installing any of these safety apps, reach out on your Tech Helpline app, or call or text a Tech Helpline expert for personal and friendly assistance. To view the original article, visit the Tech Helpline
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RPR Now Boasts a Better Buyer Tour
If you're an agent who works with buyers, you're pretty accustomed to weekend afternoon tours of homes for sale. You line up a list of homes that meet their wants and needs (and budget, of course), and then you drive around and view each one. This list can be achieved through your hard work and research, but will also often come in the form of specific addresses from your online house-hunting clients. Either way, it's a process. And that process is a whole lot easier with the RPR (Realtors Property Resource) Buyer Tour report, an app-exclusive that is only available via RPR Mobile. The app has recently been updated and improved to make your Buyer Tour experience that much better! The new and improved RPR Buyer Tour Simple in nature but comprehensive all the same, the Buyer Tour Report easily allows agents to select properties and determine an order to tour them. And under the "wait it gets better" category, it then lets agents create a colorful, client-friendly report to share with buyers. It's a great way to set up a schedule and keep a record of what was viewed, and what was liked. If you're already familiar with the RPR app and using the Buyer Tour, we've got great news: the app was recently updated and now boasts some quality enhancements! The most important (and requested) is the ability to "Add known property" to the tour you're building by address or listing ID. The ability to add properties manually, versus running a search and using the map, is a big deal in the Buyer Tour user world. This has been the number one ask from our app users, and we're glad to deliver it. The new Buyer Tour is also the only RPR report that allows you to feature more than one, single property. Watch the new Buyer Tour in action To see how the new Buyer Tour function works in the updated app, watch this step-by step video. It's just over three minutes long and will walk you through the necessary steps to properly set up a buyer tour. And if you prefer written directions, or want to print something out to keep at your side, check out our handy Buyer Tour Printable Guide. It also has step-by-step instructions and some screen grab visuals to help you follow along. Take your buyers on a tour! Reminder: The Buyer Tour is only available via the RPR Mobile app. Download and/or update your app today to experience all the new changes and features, including upgrades to the Buyer Tour function. Set up appointments and tours, add or delete properties from the schedule, then follow up with a report that includes all the homes that were viewed — all from your phone and wherever you have service. To view the original article, visit the RPR
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RPR Launches New and Improved Mobile App
Back in February of 2021, RPR (Realtors Property Resource) released a refreshed version of its website. The desktop version of RPR was revamped and redesigned from top to bottom, giving users a fresh, powerful and more streamlined user experience. Fast forward to now and our team of ace developers are at it again! This time around, we're launching a new and improved version of the RPR Mobile™ app. Update and download the new RPR app The new version of the RPR app is now live! Fair warning: users will be required to download the latest version (update the app) and log in with their RPR credentials (username and password). An in-app message will remind you and direct you where to go to complete the update. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we promise it will be worth it! Not to get too technical, but the new app is built on a completely new technology platform, hence the "forced" update in order to continue use. With the app being just over seven years old, our tech team decided to take advantage of the latest technology to deliver a newer product app with a solid foundation that will support future enhancements—all in the name of helping members "wow" their clients and close more deals. And here are the results… Modernized look and feel Welcome to the new! Your RPR app has been modernized and looks sharper and cleaner all around. However, it's not a complete redesign: this refreshed interface will offer users familiar usability. Basically, we took a good thing and made it even better! You asked–we listened. Improved Buyer Tours… Our Buyer Tour is a mobile-only exclusive. Simple in nature but comprehensive all the same, this report enables agents to select properties, determine an order to tour them, and then create a colorful, client-friendly report to share with buyers. And with the new update, we've beefed up the Buyer Tour experience with some quality enhancements! The most noticeable and important is the ability to "Add known property" to the tour you're building by address or listing ID. No more map searching and gumming up workflows! This has been a huge request from our app users, and we're happy and excited to deliver it. The ability to add properties manually versus running a search and using the map is a big user win. The new Buyer Tour is also the only RPR report that allows you to feature more than one single property. Improved property search filters What do agents do most in RPR? Search! Searching for properties (and doing research in general) is where the process starts for just about every agent. The new app offers upgraded property search filters that are more in line with the website search filters. That means the app has more parity with the website than ever before. This is another user request that we've heard more than once. Now you can search by any property status, including Time Owned, Occupancy type, Current Distressed Status and more. These added fields allow members who use RPR for prospecting to now do that on their phone! Generating reports: the app closes the gap Property and market reports are RPR's bread and butter. And just like most app versus desktop debates, the workability and available features process always favors and leans towards websites. However, the new app closes the gap on the report generation experience! The steps necessary for report generation have received a nice makeover. The improved design makes the entire process more intuitive and more user friendly. The report generation steps process has been redesigned to make it clearer which steps the user is on. Also included is a progress bar so that users know how many steps they have left to go. The page hierarchy has also been addressed, making the primary information on each page more obvious, which will help guide users to completion. Upping the app and our Maps The maps in the app are getting an upgrade, too! New to iOS are Google base maps, which is a nice improvement from Apple Maps. The Map Menu experience has changed as well. For example, when searching or viewing schools in an area, the map will now display the school pins alongside the property pins. We've also added a control that allows users to select the school types and levels, as well as the display of the school attendance zone when a pin is selected. This same "alongside" pin feature has also been applied to Traffic Counts. Listing history To mirror the refreshed RPR website, we've added a new tab to the app version so users can view the price and status history of previous listings. Again, this is an agent request that we know will be appreciated. The sun has set Of course, whenever you make so many great additions and improvements, you also have to say "goodbye" to some previous capabilities. Each decision was made based on low usage factors in an effort to optimize the overall app performance. The following features have been removed from the RPR Mobile app: Tablet use (As part of the new update, the RPR Mobile app will no longer function on tablet devices. Tablet users should begin using the RPR website, which includes a responsive design.) School search (You can still search for schools in the "Maps," but not from the third homescreen) Travel Time Voice Notes Your go-to when you're on the go The RPR app literally puts data, reports and tools in the palm of your hand to help you work in the wild and respond to clients in seconds. Property searches, reports (including the mobile-only Buyer Tour), CMAs and so much more. The RPR app: your go-to when you're on the go! The new mobile app update is a perfect example of RPR's mission to continually help REALTORS® be better at what they do. Update your app now to start experiencing all the new features. To view the original article, visit the RPR
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