[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]
The jury is in. People love to share and compare pictures, and they love peeking at the designs of others’ spaces. So why not combine the two? Airbnb recently introduced its new Wish List feature, which “encourages users to explore new places, discover friends’ favorite listings and plan dream trips,” and now Redfin has introduced its Collections feature, which allows its users to collect and compare property photos. Check out the press release and a video interview with Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman below.
Seattle – Dec. 19, 2012:
Redfin, the technology-powered real estate broker, today introduced Redfin Collections, a new social feature in which users browse, collect and share sets of listing photos. The Collections feature, currently in beta, is about the aesthetic, emotional and creative side of real estate, giving Redfin users a new way to express themselves, as well as be inspired by others. People can create Collections on any topic, such as “Gorgeous Views,” “Luscious Gardens,” “Cool Pools,” “Killer Kitchens,” or “Homes to Tour.”
“After years of building the nerdiest real estate site on the web, Redfin got all gushy about pretty houses,” said Glenn Kelman, Redfin CEO. “Along the way, we discovered how much fun it is to compare pictures of oceanic pools, bizarre bathrooms, palatial tree-houses and overstuffed libraries. As website creators and as real estate agents, the conversations we want with our customers aren’t just about the price-per-square-foot but also about the lusted-after and the wacky, the homes like this but not like that, and the design ideas we want to steal.”
Each photo of a home in a Collection links to the home’s listing details page on Redfin, making it easy to get additional details about the home, add it to Favorites, view it on Google Maps, or even request a tour. All Collections are viewable by Redfin users, and easily sharable via email, Facebook and Twitter.
“Our customers told us that they wanted to be able to share their home search with their friends,” said Bridget Frey, Redfin vice president of engineering. “We took inspiration from many amazing photo sharing websites, and then layered in a tremendous amount of real estate information to create the first social photo-sharing site that is built from the ground up for home buyers, home sellers, and all of the people who help them.”
Hundreds of Collections have already been created as part of the beta program, and they range from practical, to fun and wacky, to simply gorgeous. Some favorites include:
Ultimate Entertaining Rooms
Sun Drenched Homes
White Sofa Designs
Pretty Pretty Ponies
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To create a Collection, users select a photo on Redfin.com, click the Collections icon in the upper right-hand corner, and name the Collection. Users can “follow” individual Collections, and be notified by email whenever a new photo of a gorgeous kitchen or a cute kids’ room is added. To search and browse all Collections, as well as find Collections to follow, visit http://www.redfin.com/collections.About Redfin