Zillow is a popular real estate service that many people use to see how much their neighbor's home is worth in addition to searching for homes and apartments. The research people do on the site is just one way Zillow gathers a vast quantity of marketing research. But as with many sites like Zillow, its API tech stack is drawing developers with ideas for leveraging such a site to build very creative services that increase the site's functionality. The original article is from Techspective.net and was written by Marcel Gogan.
After Zillow’s stunning success, many real estate agents and companies started developing their own similar apps. Frankly speaking, it’s not that difficult to create a real estate app, especially if you choose a right set of tools to use during real estate app development.
Let's focus on a piece of Zillow's app tech stack and other technologies that will come in handy for you as you work with the website.
Manage the Properties List with CoreData or Realm Frameworks
The list of available properties is the heart of your app. Every user will in one way or another interact with it, so it should work smoothly and perfectly.
The Realm and CoreData frameworks are indispensable app technologies when you need to manage big masses of data. These frameworks support the search and filter features, and quickly and easily work with your property database to find the most relevant results with just a few taps.
Adding the Google Places API Empowers User When Exploring a Neighborhood
When buying a new property, people aren’t looking just for the house itself. They also very much want to know what is located near the house, such as whether or not there are grocery stores and restaurants, cinemas, sports clubs, etc.
If you’re hiring developers for your real estate app, the Google Places API is a must-have on their tech list. This tool enriches your application with information from Google Maps, so your users can see what else is located in the neighborhood.
Another advantage of the Google Places API is that, as a Google product, it's available in many countries and includes data about even the smallest cities.
SimplyRets, iHomeFinder, Spark APIs — for normalizing data flows from MLSs
There are several ways to fill your application with real estate properties. Using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is one of the most popular solutions because it allows you to integrate a ready-to-use solution into your app. In addition, developers are using SimplyRets, iHomeFinder, Spark APIs, and more to ensure data integrity and reduce redundancy.
For MLSs, we aren’t sure what technology stack Zillow uses, so you’re free to choose any technology to handle the data flow from the chosen MLSs.
Use the Facebook SDK to Add a Facebook Sign-In Option
While a quick and easy Facebook sign-up process may sound not that important, it's become one of the requirements for any modern app and adding this sign-in to a website will add to its user-perceived value.
First, the Facebook SDK helps to quickly transfer all the core information, such as the name, surname, and photo, saving the users the time and effort needed to fill these fields on their own. Second, while using this option, users are free from remembering new passwords.
Use the Zillow API to integrate data provided by the Zillow app
This Zillow app technology may be a good option for the developers who decide to create a real estate app for the American market. The Zillow API will help you add to your application's functionality by integrating Zillow’s real estate property listing into your own application or to reuse their neighborhood information. However, this API doesn’t provide you with a competitive advantage, so pair it with other technical tools for real estate app development.
Use MapBox Google Maps APIs to Design Custom Maps
When you use the Zillow or Trulia real estate apps, you'll see that these in-app maps display useful information in a few layers. For example, you can check the level of crime in a district, average age of population, their education, and their family status.
Such layers make the app more engaging and informative. When hiring developers for your real estate app, you may ask them how they’re going to implement similar functionality for your application.
Creating custom maps (as well as layers) using the MapBox Google Maps API is easy to do, and you can provide your users with the most complete information about the districts they're exploring.
Use the Onboard Informatics Community and Spatial Neighborhood APIs for Demographics and More
Also, to create custom maps for who lives in a district, you'll have to integrate other APIs, such as the Onboard Informatics Community and Spatial Neighborhood APIs. Because this kind of data about districts is very custom, you'll have to look at specific solutions for your city. Data on government websites and the official platforms used by city are two such options.
Push Notifications with the Firebase SDK or Apple Push Notifications Service
Finally, Zillow app tech stack includes tools for push notifications. A push notification is a powerful retargeting tool that helps to keep people engaged with your app and make them check it more frequently. For example, you can notify users about newly available properties in the district of interest where they’ve searched before. Another service is to notify users of price drops on they've saved.
To implement push notifications during real estate app development you can use different tools, but if you’re looking for proven solutions, then Firebase SDK or Apple Push Notifications Service are two excellent options.
These are the top tech tools that will come in handy if you want to create a real estate app. Moreover, they're necessary if you want to develop a cool and unique product that will deliver a real value to your target audience.
The Zillow tech stack contains tools that are mostly free and very easy to use, so your developers for the real estate app shouldn’t face any difficulties when working with them.