Real Estate goes mobile for iPhone users

And I don’t mean voluntary homelessness when the lineups begin for Apple’s rumored new version of the phone due this summer. Quebec-based Bytheowner.com is launcing a new iPhone application that allows people seeking to buy a home directly from the property owner to browse listings and contact sellers using their handheld device.

The application is available on the App Store for free, and leverages the iPhone’s built-in GPS to show a map of homes for sale in your current area, along with detailed descriptions, photos, directions, contact details and of course the all-important price of the home.

“Our objective was to offer a tool that would be both helpful and easy to use for the 250,000 Canadians who already have an iPhone,” added Samuel Bouchard, the technical director of Bytheowner.com.

With online real estate for the most part (with notable exceptions) toiling in 90’s era web design and offering little in the way of Web 2.0 interactivity or mobile options, Bytheowner.com’s new app is a good step in the right direction. Real estate would seem to be a no-brainer for a rich web experience, but hide-bound practices and skittish technophobe realtors keep the industry from moving forward into a more wired space. Hopefully this app and others like it will hasten that move.