I’ve written about this is more, but I’ll say it again.
Less is more.
There’s simply too many listings for the average buyer to browse and process. Agents can (and already do) curate those results for buyers. AgentFolio saw this opportunity several years ago, and streamlined the communication between agent and buyer with respect to new listing alerts – direct from their mobile.
My hunch is that several IDX providers and agent/broker website vendors will begin to integrate this sort of technology into the primary search interface sometime in 2014. Maybe teamed with a “Mayday” button.
Because it makes the real estate agent part of the buyer search process. Which, of course, means another way to generate buyer leads.
A few entrepreneurs abroad will dabble in the space, but we’re still a couple years away from anything breaking through outside the US.
What’s your prediction for the breakthrough consumer technology trend?