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Since the housing bubble burst half a decade ago, residential real estate has been an unsexy industry. As a result, the category has seen limited innovation. Existing giants like Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin have thrived in the home search category, if only by default. But all are nearly a decade old and were built in a pre-mobile world. For the first time in years, there are signs that the tide is turning and that both investors and consumers are once again receptive to new technologies in this space.
Homesnap is a Washington, DC-based startup that is hoping to shake things up for home buyers by offering the first mobile-first solution in the category. The company launched version 2.0 of its point-and-snap home search iOS app at this weekend’s SXSW(i) festival, taking home the Most Disruptive Startup award at the TechCocktail Startup showcase.