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HouseFront Mobile Info Tool


You’re out and about all the time, you drive the town and the neighborhoods as you work your market.  You see a house that’s for sale by owner or notice a vacant property and want to know more about it.  You use to write down the address and go back to the office to look up details.  Maybe you even Jotted yourself a note to remember to do it later.  But just like every other consumer, you want your information NOW!

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Wouldn’t the information be more valuable to you if you had access to it when you wanted it?  Maybe you could knock on the door armed with information?  Maybe you could tell your client in the car with you some details about the property?  Maybe you could log comparables as you see perfect matches to your listing?  Maybe HouseFront can help you make more money?  Certainly HouseFront will give you information when and where you need it most!

Receive accurate, immediate, house values to your mobile phone with HouseFront’s mobile text service!

HOW HOUSEFRONT WORKS

1. Enter the address as a text message. Example: 4310 Sutton Pl, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403

2. Send the messages to the 5-digit phone number “HOUSE” (46873)

3. Receive up to 2 text messages with information on value, characteristics and sales history about the house you sent.

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4. Visit www.HouseFront.com for a history of your text message property searches and more info.

MOBILE KNOWLEDGE WARRIOR

Now you have mobile access to a wealth of public facts about real properties straight from your tax assessors records. How many bedrooms, baths, approx. square footage, last sale price, owner name, estimated value range are only a text message away. This is not a replacement for a true market analysis, but every agent should be armed with basic info and now you have no excuse not to be. Try HouseFront today and let me know how you will be using this tool to enhance your market dominance.

p.s. This is not a p/a.  Just a cool tool me and my agents use all the time.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Jason Sandquist

    October 4, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I have tried this before, it works well for what you need it for and when. I totally forgot about it, thanks for reminding me to save that text address again.

    If only everybody had as much energy as Jim Hellwig when they showed homes. 😉

  2. Teresa Boardman

    October 4, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Realtors in MN have access to a mobile MLS, which includes tax records. Are house fronts values accurate?

  3. Brad Nix

    October 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    @Teresa We have mobile MLS here in Atlanta as well, but I’m talking mainly about properties that are not in an MLS. For Sale By Owner or Unlisted properties are hard to find out about on short notice (like when you drive by), so HouseFront allows you to gain some basic info without having to go back to a computer. Plus, sending a simple text message is usually easier than accessing a mobile mls, especially when you factor most agents don’t use smartphones yet. I would never say tax record data is very accurate for property values, but it’s better than nothing when you are on the road.

  4. Jonathan Bentz

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 am

    More and more people seem to have smart phones, IMO, but the mobile web is still not very easy to navigate, in my opinion. Getting information by text message seems to be the best way to get info on a cell phone. Sounds like a cool tool for RE’s to use. Love the Ultimate Warrior pic – my favorite wrestler from back in the day. Thanks.

  5. Amy Chorew

    October 21, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Brad, thanks found it. Can I link to this post on my techbyte blog? Thanks – of course give you ALL the CREDIT

  6. Brad Nix

    October 21, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    @Amy Of course, link your head off.

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