Roanoke, Virginia (PRWEB) March 27, 2014
Don Constable, former President of the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®, announced today his new role as a broker for real estate listing service, Estately. As a result of this engagement, Estately now serves the entire Roanoke area, featuring more than 3,000 new home listings for sale.
“My customers are part of the digital revolution and in order to keep pace with their needs I partnered with Estately,” says Constable. “There are a number of well-known listings platforms on the Internet to choose from, but I chose to work with Estately because what you see is what you get when you conduct a search. All of its listings are legit and its mobile app is really slick.”
The move comes at a time when real estate customers increasingly rely upon the Internet and smartphones to conduct searches, connect with brokers and buy, or sell real estate. In fact, according to a 2013 report issued by Google and the National Association of REALTORS, over 90 percent of homebuyers started their search online. And in terms of mobile growth, 48 percent of people who used a mobile device in their home search also used the device to get directions to homes for sale, and 45 percent used the device to request more information about specific home features, or real estate services.
How much has the real estate market changed since Constable started his career in 1982?
“Back then realtors used to receive a massive, published book of MLS listings every two weeks,” says Constable. “By the time we got our hands on the data it was two weeks old. Today, we not only have current data we have tools and mobile apps, like Estately’s, with which I can show someone a listing while we are driving around looking at houses without having to contact the realtor, or arrange a physical showing on the spot.”
In his role as a broker for Estately Constable will limit the amount of selling he conducts. He says the new role with Estately allows him to, “slow down, but still be a player in the game.”
Estately is reinventing the way people buy and sell homes. Founded in 2006 and based in Seattle, the Estately team is made up of experienced real estate professionals and software engineers with a passion for simplifying the process of buying and selling homes. The company’s mobile application, which launched in 2014 with a feature in the Apple App Store, driving over 40,000 downloads in one week. With over $1 million in funding, investors for the company include Seattle’s Founders Co-op, 500 Startups (Dave McClure) and SoftTech VC.