When it comes to searching for a home on the go, the iPhone is still the smartphone of choice except in a few cities across America.
Last time we checked, smartphones have become the de facto way to find homes for sale on weekends and makes up a pretty big chunk of the house hunting that happens at night on weekdays. As a matter of fact, 25% of all the window shopping that happens on Trulia at peak hours is done from a phone.
Remember this? A couple weeks after Trulia’s Android app made its grand entrance, we took a snapshot to see where most of our tech-savvy real estate geeks lived and where our iPhone/Android apps reigned supreme. Well, we’re at it again. Today, we’ve debuted a (1) rentals Android app that is designed to help people find homes for rent as well as (2) the FIRST real estate app for the Android tablet. With these two exciting new additions to the Trulia Mobile family, we thought it’d be a great time to revisit the iPhone vs. Android debate (when it comes to mobile house hunting that is). Let’s see what went down in the last five months, shall we?0 comments
When it comes to shopping for a home (aka the second job), most people clock in on Mondays at 9PM.
Ask anyone who’s ever been on the market for a home and they’ll tell you that it feels like a second job with a crazy schedule. This is especially true today, thanks to technology. We are always hearing about workaholics who are constantly checking their email inboxes on their Android phones or the kids (and kids at heart) who can’t stop playing Angry Birds on their iPhones, but is this “always on” way of life true for house hunters?
To find out, we took a three-month snapshot of all the window shopping on Trulia.com and Trulia Mobile to see when most prospective buyers are looking at homes for sale. We then plotted our findings in a rainbow-colored chart where purple means it’s sleepy time and red means it’s a prime hour to search for homes.
Working Hard or Hardly Working?
It’s been well documented that today’s worker bees are easily sidetracked. Whether it be a fantasy football league or Facebook, the Internet offers a never-ending treasure trove of distractions. Now based on our data, we can also add drooling over real estate listings to this list.
As more people take their search for a home on the go, which cities favor the iPhone and which prefer Android phones?
Mobile house hunting is picking up some serious steam. Right now, 20% of the window shopping that happens on Trulia during the weekends is done from a phone – a 33% spike from what it normally is during the week. Given this growing interest, we thought it would be fun to map out where our most tech-savvy real estate geeks reside.
Where the Mobile House Hunters Are
Any guesses on where this might be? San Francisco, you say. Nope, try again. Seattle? Sorry, my friend but no dice. Honestly, the answer isn’t very intuitive. See for yourself.