San Diego-based Curb Call, a mobile app that connects residential real estate agents with consumers, announced at Inman News’ Real Estate Connect that it will expand into two new markets: Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Curb Call had already signed an exclusive agreement with Realty One Group for San Diego and Orange counties, Phoenix and Las Vegas metro areas.
“We are extremely excited about the industry’s enthusiasm and response so far,” said Seth Siegler, founder and CEO of Curb Call. “We’re thrilled to add new brokerages and new markets to our client roster, and there is a high demand from brokerages around the country who want to use Curb Call in their metro areas.”
Curb Call is a new mobile app that connects real estate agents and showing-ready buyers in real time, through a patent-pending user experience. Residential real estate buyers can sign up for free and view profiles of available and nearby agents and request a showing.
Agents access Curb Call on their mobile phone to notify the app that they are “available for showings.” Buyers see a listing and want an immediate showing, and those who are not working with an agent can use Curb Call to view available agents and find one available for an on-demand showing of the property. Each agent receives a “buyer alert” with the buyer’s location and profile and can accept or decline the request. If the agent accepts the request, he receives the buyer’s complete profile and contacts the buyer to set up a showing.
Curb Call also provides safety measures for real estate agents. The company offers features that do not plot the agent’s location and identify the buyer’s location. More information about these add-on options will be forthcoming.
The concept behind Curb Call came while Siegler -- who spent almost a decade as a full-time real estate agent before founding a series of real estate tech startups -- wanted to stay active in between appointments.
“I felt that if there was a way to know if a prospective buyer wanted to see a listing near my location right away, and if I was available, it would be a great way to maximize my effectiveness and value,” he said.
Curb Call app is available at the iTunes store in limited beta for a select group of iPhone users at Realty One Group. A final release, as well as an Android version of the app, is expected later this summer.
Ewing and Clark and Ewing and Clark East have signed an exclusive contract with Curb Call for Seattle -- including Bellevue and Mercer Island -- which will commence this summer.
Real Living | At Home has signed an exclusive agreement with Curb Call, also expected for a summer 2014 start, for the Washington, D.C. metro area, including Fairfax County, Va. and Montgomery County, Md.