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New app aims to “Tinder”-ize the home search process

Brings swipe-based, "hot or not" style voting on homes

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For those who may not be the most technically savvy or for those who are happily married, you may not be familiar with Tinder. Tinder is an app that accelerates the dating process and drills it down to its simplest form. It’s a modern, phone-based “hot or not.”Doorsteps Swipe app screenshot 1

Users create profiles with their first name, age, photos of their choice and a space for short tag line. The app will search for other users around you and offer them up to you to either swipe right to “like” them or left to “pass” on them.

If two people “like” each other’s profile, then the app will allow them to connect and then they let nature take its course.

A new app from Doorsteps.com aims to bring a similar experience for those are looking for a new home. The Doorsteps Swipe app will offer users the ability to browse active listings from Realtor.com in their surrounding area or from up to three manually selected areas. The app also offers a “surprise me” option if users are not sure where they would like to look.

The app will then bring up a list of homes in the area. The user initially only has a photo and street address of a home to decide if they want to learn more. If they like what they see, they can give the photo a thumbs-up, or pass to the right, indicating a “like.”

Doorsteps Swipe app screenshot 2The “liked” house then goes into a log for future viewing with the option to inquire further about that listing or share it. If they do not like what they see, they can give the photo a thumbs-down, or pass to the left. After a couple of passes, the app will provide feedback and supply the user with a better overarching sense of what they like and dislike in a home based upon their behavior.

“Doorsteps Swipe was created to get soon-to-be first-time buyers comfortable with the process of searching for a home and help them discover what they truly want through a simple, entertaining and easy interface,” said Michele Serro, founder of Doorsteps.

“This type of instantaneousness in mobile can help eliminate the endless search for a home with the perfect profile. The online home search for someone very early in their search is more fun when there’s a whole lot less to decide. The homes each user collects might not necessarily represent the homes they will actually buy, but rather the ones that will help them make the best decision for tomorrow.”

The app is free and it’s now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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