March 04, 2010 13:27 ET
Roost.com Brings Local Housing Data and Community Information to Facebook With Social Real Estate(SM) App
Company Gives Real Estate Brokers and Agents a Smarter, Easier Way to Build Business on the World's Largest Social Platform
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) - Roost, Inc. (www.roost.com), a real estate technology company that displays over four million real estate listings and provides advertising solutions to real estate agents and brokers, announced today that it has launched a beta version of its new Facebook application, Social Real Estate(SM). The Roost application, which creates a "Real Estate" tab on the Facebook pages of real estate agents and brokers, displays city-specific housing, education and walkability data in a manner that creates engagement.
Roost, which won the Inman Innovator Award in 2008 for "Most Innovative New Technology," views the Social Real Estate application as a natural extension of its existing solution.
"Facebook has passed 400 million users and is arguably second only to Google in mass consumer engagement, but most real estate brokers and agents struggle to use the platform effectively," said Alex Chang, CEO of Roost. "Our application solves that problem by delivering content consumers want and engagement tools real estate agents need within Facebook itself."
The beta version of Social Real Estate(SM), which is free, features school data from Education.com, real estate market data from Altos Research and walkability scores from Walk Score™. MLS (Multiple Listing Service) real estate search plus lead generation and drip marketing tools for real estate agents and brokers will be included in a full version of the app slated for release in the coming months.
The Social Real Estate(SM) application enables real estate brokers and agents to:
- Establish themselves as local experts within Facebook
- Generate real business by integrating information homebuyers and sellers have shown they want into their Facebook pages
- Save time and money by delivering killer content and engagement tools they would otherwise spend months finding, buying or building
"Altos Research is all about helping professionals communicate local real estate market data to their clients and prospects," said Michael Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research. "The new Roost app elegantly fits our vision because with it agents and brokers easily communicate powerful, valuable information to the vast Facebook audience."
Added Matt Lerner, CTO of Front Seat, "Living in a walkable neighborhood is a social experience; when people are out of their cars they interact with each other. Real Estate is also a social experience and we're excited to partner with Roost to help people find a great place to live on Facebook."
Continued Ronald Fortune, CEO of Education.com, "having access to information about area schools is critical for families evaluating real estate options. Social Real Estate brings this data to parents where they are, on Facebook, and we're delighted to be working with Roost on this innovative application."
About Roost, Inc.
Founded in San Francisco, Calif. in 2007, Roost is a premier real estate technology company. To support its mission of making it simple for homebuyers to find the house of their dreams, Roost is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, accurate real estate resource on the Web. By partnering with local Multiple Listing Services (MLS), real estate brokers, builders, and via a strategic relationship with iHomefinder, Inc (an industry leader in real estate data services and MLS compliance), Roost helps ensure home buyers access to current homes for sale and foreclosure information in more than 70 major metro areas across the US. For example, some of the top homes for sale and foreclosure searches at Roost include Boston Homes for Sale, Denver Homes for Sale, Miami Foreclosures, Orlando Foreclosures, Philadelphia Homes for Sale, Phoenix Foreclosures and San Francisco Homes for Sale. In 2008, Roost earned the Innovator Award for Most Innovative Technology from Inman News, the leading source of independent real estate news and opinion for the industry. To start your home search, visit http://www.roost.com. To visit our Facebook Social Real Estate(SM) App Page, click here.
About Altos Research
Altos Research pioneered real-time real estate market data. Founded in 2005, the Mountain View, CA company's products serve financial institutions, home buyers and sellers, and thousands of real estate professionals in 15,000 zip codes around the country. Because everyone wants to know, "How's the market?" agents and brokers use AltosReports, AltosCharts, and the Altos Intelligence Marketing System to be the expert resource on local conditions for their clients and prospects -- in person, on the web, via email and social media. Learn more here about Altos Research real-time real estate data.
More than two million parents a month come to Education.com to get the information they need to support their children's unique educational and developmental needs, and to find ideas for how to make learning more fun. From kindergarten readiness to college prep, Education.com is the leading destination for involved parents. Often called "The WebMD of education," the company has teamed up with leading universities, nonprofits, and research organizations to offer highly credible parenting, developmental, and educational information. The site also offers printable activities, community resources, access to best-of-breed educational services, and SchoolFinder -- a tool that gives parents comprehensive data on the nation's 125,000 public, private and charter schools. Education.com was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms, Azure Capital Partners, TeleSoft Partners, and California Technology Ventures. For more information, please visit www.education.com.
About Front Seat and Walk Score
Walk Score (www.walkscore.com) is a project of Front Seat (www.frontseat.org), a civic software company based in Seattle. Since its launch in July 2007, Walk Score has become the most popular worldwide measure of walkability. Over 700 real estate websites show Walk Score on their listings and over 2.5 million scores are distributed to partners each day. The Walk Score team is advised by a ten-person Advisory Board, which includes urban planning, environmental and technical experts.