Tuesday, September 22, 2009
French property portal launches iphone app
The leading property portal over here is http://www.seloger.com/ who claim a 70% share of the online market (think rightmove in the UK).
They have just launched their own application for the iphone.
This is a big thing for the way that property searches will be undertaken in the future.
Imagine being in a town or village in France and having the ability to instantly see details of all properties available. Price, floorplans, pictures, cadastral plans and any other info you need.
You'll be able to drive around, discount areas you don't like and just concentrate on those you do. Stop for lunch in some off the beaten track restaurant, fall in love with the surroundings and simply consult your iphone to see which of the houses around are for sale.
Don't hold your breath though. Whilst this is a most significant step it still is just one step.
For the process to work 100% efficiently you'll need a portal that lists all houses for sale and you'll need every agent/owner to input the pics, plans et al in the first place.
Don't forget that this is a country where half of all houses bought & sold are still done so privately.
This isn't going to happen in the short term (1-2 years) or even medium term (5-7 years) ....but it will eventually happen.
Traditional estate agents, property finders and everyone associated with this industry are going to have to adapt to a new way of working.
It will take a generation to work through (I doubt that 20% of my clients over the past six years have an iphone or even the slightest desire to know what an app is) but unless you're coming up to retirement age you should ignore this new way of living at your peril.