Guide: To Make Your Real Estate App like Zillow!

The great adoption of smartphones and advancement in technology is propelling Real estate app development to a next extent. And, after the stunning success of highly known real website “Zillow”, many real estate agents and companies have realized the need for user-friendly real estate app development and enthusiast to develop their own similar apps.

Well, nowadays it is not that tough or hassles to build real estate, with the right set of tools available.

Here is the technology stack that will help in advanced and easy Real Estate App Development


To List Properties: CoreData or Realm Framework

In order to manage a big chunk of data, Realm and CoreData Framework comes as great options. This ensures fast processing of data and helps users in making quick work with the property database, allowing to fetch relevant searches.

Fetch Surrounding Information: Google API

Today, the users are much smarter and look for every aspect while making a huge investment. And when it comes to new but property, the property seekers look for the nearby amenities in the locality like school, hospital, bank, sports, clubs and etc.

Therefore, while making apps, the Google Places API should be a mandate. The tool enriches the real estate app with Google Maps info, allowing users to view nearby places in the neighborhood.

One of the major benefits of using Google Place API is the Google product store-in data for the smallest cities also.

To Allow Regular Data Flows from MLSs: Add SimplyRets, ihomeFinder, SPark APIs

well, there are numerous tools available for real estate development, out of which, MLS- Multiple Listing Services is one of the most preferred solutions for the real estate owner. What makes it popular is, its flexibility to integrate a ready-to-use solution into the app.

Hence, the real estate developer can choose from the different MLSs technology to manage data flow in a regular manner.

Integrating Social Media Sign-in Option (For say – Facebook): Facebook SDK

Well, Many do not consider it as a social media signup as an essential integration. However, in this digital era, a easy and quick signup add value to the app. With Facebook sign-in, (friendly and do not requires extra form filling and no hassle to remember password too) you can offer an easy option for your user to share or related information to a larger audience base.

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Design Custom Maps: MapBox Google Map APIs

In the real estate app like Zillow, the in-app maps display useful info in just a few layers. Well, how it can benefit the user, you might be wondering? For instance; these can be used in certain cases to explore information like crime in the district, or average population, education status, and etc.

Incorporating such layers in the app add value to your apps with engagement and information. Therefore, to make your app more engaging with relevant information, you can go with similar functionality like Trulia and Zillow real estate apps.

To implement Push Notifications: Firebase SDK or Apple Push Notification service
We understand how crucial and powerful are push notifications to re-engage user with your app and make them check it frequently to get updates. For instance, it can be used to notify users about updates like new property listing, new pricing, price drop and so on.

In order to integrate push Notification, there are the different solution available in the market but make sure it ensures you with the proven solution that can benefit your users. For this, you can go with Firebase SDK or Apple Push Notifications Services.

On Glance: The must-have features for your application

➩ A comprehensive database of properties
➩ Fast, easy & Secured sign up method.
➩ Advanced searching & filtering features.
➩ Nice-looking map with different layers (information like the neighborhood).
➩ Apartment details, like complete information, monthly lease calculator and “call/email” button.
➩ Push Notifications.

Best Monetization Models For a Real Estate App

1) Professional Advertising

This model allows both the broker and the agents to promote these services for a fee directly to the qualified leads i.e. Prospective Renters. This will makes things transparent where agents will be directly referred to only the interested customers. And seekers will get access to the specialist who can make their search easier.


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2) Simple ADvertising

This model allows integrating usual and well-known ads, available easily in apps these days. In such case, the money can be made either by the user’s tap or the number of views. Here you can keep your app free for users but still make a revenue. hence, the bigger is your user base, the bigger will be your income.

However, you need to be specific about the adds as more ads flood will make it cheap and negative UX

Freemium Model:

In this model, the apps are available for free use but a certain amount is charged if the users want some specific or customized services that include, no ads, access to the neighborhood info, mortgage calculator, or other feature and service relevant for users.

Image courtesy: Angel Davchev


Above listed are some of the necessary tools, that comes handy to create a user-friendly and unique app. With these tools, you can create unique and real value generating an app for the target audience,

These tools come free of cost and are easy to use, therefore choose real estate developers having full information and knowledge about the mentioned tools.

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