May 15, 2014
It was announced yesterday that Homesnap, a DC-based, real estate data platform, has plans to release a pro version of their service. The Steve Case-backed company was able to accomplish this through a new partnership with the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS).
Homesnap is renowned for its mobile app that allows users to pull real estate data simply by taking a photo of a particular house through their smartphone. The new Homesnap Pro will utilize various public resources and MRIS’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS) – a key directory of houses on sale – to provide real estate brokers with up-to-date data in the palm of their hands. Homesnap Pro includes features such as confidential listing info, commission splits, agent pricing tendencies, public school ratings, property lines, and the ability to text/email other agents in the MLS.
“Our customers need access to MLS information when they’re in the field,” said president and CEO of MRIS, David Charron, in a statement. “Homesnap Pro is designed to meet the needs of the real estate professional with mobile technology that is easy to use. Valuable information customers could only access back at the office can now be found on-site in a matter of seconds on their mobile device.”
Backed by Steve Case’s Revolution Ventures, this deal by Homesnap is the first with an MLS, and according to the Washington Post could be worth up to $15 million a year. As part of this partnership, MRIS – which is focused on the Mid-Atlantic region – will provide 44,000 of its broker members with complimentary subscriptions to the service.
Homesnap Pro will be offered by three DC-metro area brokerages: McEnearney Associates Inc., TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and Century 21 Redwood Realty. The app/service costs $30 per month for each member.
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