Our first foray into Zillow mobile was a really cool application that allowed anyone to email or text an address to firstname.lastname@example.org, and within a few minutes get a response that included a Zestimate, the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, the square footage and the year that home was built.
Updated (11/26/2008) – With the launch of our Zillow Mobile website, we have discontinued our Zillow Mobile email service. Please point your mobile web browser at http://mobile.zillow.com/ to get Zestimates and more on your mobile device.
We are now taking that one step further by eliminating the need to actually type in the address, and instead tapping into the GPS functionality included in many newer phones. uLocate has taken Zillow’s API and created an application using their WHERE Widgets platform that allows users on the Sprint network with a GPS enabled phone to simply click a button and Zillow will send back Zestimates of the closest three addresses based on their location.
Imagine going for a walk and having Zillow information at your fingertips as you discuss home values in your neighborhood. Or even better, imagine going into an open house and in less than 10 seconds knowing the Zestimate of that property.
To sign-up for the functionality you have to click over to the uLocate Web site. We are working hard with the folks over at uLocate to expand the offering to include more phones and carriers – stay tuned!