Must have App Features for a Real Estate App

Real estate used to be about location, location. It still is, but with a slight change. You have to think beyond the location of your listing and pay attention to your prospects’ location.

The easiest way to reach your clients today is through your own real estate application. Real estate app development has been popularised by the sheer need for a more efficient and engaging way to reach more customers for the real estate business.

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Why YOU SHOULD make a real estate app?

Let’s start with a simple scenario where you are looking for the show timings for the latest movie playing at a theatre near you. What is the first thing you do?

Open your smartphone and open an app! This is even before you have decided which movie you want to watch.

Guess what? 92% of home buyers do exactly this. They open their smartphones and start exploring. Would they find you and your properties easily? Or, would they end up signing on a competitor?

  • Enhanced customer experience

Mobile apps come loaded with features that can be integrated with the native features of your smartphone. Not only does that make your app more engaging, but it also boosts up the overall customer experience your app offers.

  • Faster sales process

Customers can look at photos and videos of the property and the surrounding area. This helps them shortlist properties a lot sooner than visiting them all without a heads-up. The process saves time for all people involved.

  • Round the clock communication

Having a real estate app enables you to get queries and appointments all round the clock and liberating you from restrictive office hours. You can add live chat or forms so that people from anywhere can reach you any time they want.

Must have features for real estate applications

Typically, there are two main goals of a real estate app – grabbing the attention of the target customers and making the sale process smooth. There are already thousands of such mobile applications for realtors already on the market.

To make your real estate app stand out from the competition, you must ensure that your app is updated and in sync with the latest trends and top features. On Appily App Builder’s real estate app development platform, you have a lot of features to choose from.

Here are some app features that you should add to your real estate app:

Detailed Property Listings

A detailed property listing should include as many details as possible. Essential details include a description of the property, the location, photos, videos, price, USPs, details of the owner or seller, etc. Photos or videos of your property can be the defining difference between a prospect choosing to make a purchase or not. You should also include a way for interested buyers to get in touch with the listing owner.

Listings and Directory

Use the directory feature to list properties. You can also add categories based on the type of properties, area, amenities, etc. Users who want to rent or sell their properties can easily sign in to your app and list them up without a challenge. Make sure that your database is scalable so that you are prepared to handle the growth in your user base and expansion in the number of listings.

Push Notifications

The push notifications feature is one of the most effective ways to connect with your app users. With a single click, you can let all the app users know about a new listing in the area they are interested in, or a price drop, even the approaching deadline to make an offer.

However, push notifications work the best when they are targeted and personalized. Sending generic messages will wear the users down eventually, and they may even opt out of your notifications. Put some thought into crafting the message and pay even more attention to sending the right information to the right users.

Simple User Onboarding

This is one of the most basic and important features for a real estate mobile app. There are three ways to help a customer login to your real estate app – through a social media platform, email address, or phone number. While you can use any one of these three methods, the best solution would be to incorporate all three. The idea is to serve all preferences in the simplest and most effective way possible.

Separate User Profiles

Let people create their profiles as per their intentions. This means there would probably be two entirely different types of profiles – buyers and sellers. The app’s interface and functionality would be altogether different for both types of users. For example, a buyer will have access to home listings, create shortlists, make inquiries, and more. On the other hand, sellers would see their own property listings, stats like views, clicks they receive, and respond to buyer inquiries.


Buying a house or any other kind of property is a big decision, and it takes time. Allow users to add listings to favorites and shortlist properties so that they can revisit the list of properties they like. This feature makes the entire decision-making process much easier. It also makes comparisons much easier.

Navigation and Map View

Adding step-by-step navigation and the maps feature helps your customers find their way to the property they are interested in buying. Apart from directions, the map feature also gives you data and statistics related to the property, e.g., nearby schools, hospitals, cri