App Review: Agents Can Take Trulia On The Go

by Chicago Agent

Trulia for Agents lets Realtors take their account on the go via their smartphones for easy access to their listings and more.

Agents with a Trulia account can finally take the popular online real estate listing site on the go, as the company has created the Trulia for Agents app for iPhone and Android users.

Though the app puts the site in the palms of an agent’s hands, should agents download, or ditch the app altogether?

Price: Free

How it Works: Agents with a Trulia Voices or a Trulia Pro account can easily log into the app. Contacts, leads and overall activity on the website will be synched into the app on the user’s smartphone.

Benefits: At first glance, the app looks easy to navigate. Six main buttons are on the app’s main page including an agent’s contacts, leads, feedback and a log-in bar, among others. Trulia boasts that the app enables agents to instantaneously connect with leads and clients by sending them “real-time inside scoop” about their listings, according to its iTunes App Store page.

Like most social networking apps, Trulia for Agents takes full advantage of the smartphone’s GPS capabilities. A map detailing listings in an agent’s location is available, in addition to “Nearby Amenities” to a home an agent maybe showing to give its clients a better picture of the listing’s neighborhood.

Perhaps what makes the app stand out is that, much like Foursquare or Facebook’s “Places” feature, agents are able to check in to homes that they’ve shown with clients. Each check-in an agent makes during a showing appears on their profile, signifying their expertise on the home and its market.

Catches: Though the app enables mobility for agents, some users have found setbacks in the app’s functionality. While some complained that the app crashes during use, several users have also reported problems with the accuracy of the leads the app was saying they had, versus how many were actually in their inbox.

“Leads don’t come through,” said one user on Apple’s App Store page. “When I’m at a property, the app does not locate the listing and when it rarely does actually come up, I get an error message saying I can’t check in.”

In addition, although the app allows for agents to check-in to a listing, it only stays on Trulia, and does not sync with other social networking sites that allow for the function. What would be great? The ability for agents to easily check-in and post to a Facebook business page or Twitter account.

Overall: Though the app has its hit and misses and is still in its early stages–the iPhone version was launched only late last year, while the Android version was released at the end of May–the app’s simple navigation, mobility and check-in function are features agents with a Trulia account should definitely check out. iPhone users can download the app using the iTunes App Store, and Android users can download it on Google Play.

Have you used Trulia for Agents? Should other agents download or ditch it? Sound off in our comments section below!

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