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HomeKeepr Launches New Search Tool for Finding Trusted Local Home Service Professionals

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HomeKeepr Launches New Search Tool for Finding Trusted Local Home Service Professionals

New HomeKeepr search technology strengthens engagement between real estate agents and local homeowners

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LYNDHURST, N.J., Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- HomeKeepr®, the leading referral-only online community of REALTORS®, home service professionals and homeowners, today announced the launch of an innovative embeddable digital search tool that allows homeowners access to the HomeKeepr database of recommended home service professionals directly from a real estate agent's website. This new tool gives real estate agents more control of where their HomeKeepr data is used beyond HomeKeepr. Homeowners searching for plumbers, roofers or remodelers, will now engage with agent websites more directly and retrieve valuable search results back faster because it no longer requires the download of an independently branded app. Instead, the agent's website becomes the key destination for homeowners to find recommended home service pros, thus enhancing the marketing value of the agent's brand and driving a significant increase in return visits from homeowners to the agent's site.

HomeKeepr is a fast-growing network of 350,000 local home service professionals from more than 125,000 Realtors. More than five million recommendations have been generated through this time-honored word-of-mouth referral system between local real estate professionals and their clients. These recommendations were previously only available within the real estate agent's HomeKeepr mobile app and web profile. The new HomeKeepr search widget empowers agents to share their recommended home services professionals with all homeowners, opening up the network to anyone who values a personal recommendation over the SEO-gamed search result.

Specifically, this new HomeKeepr search function allows Realtors to open up their recommendations to local homeowners by providing a widget that an agent installs on their own website. The new functionality opens up discoverability for local service pros within the HomeKeepr website as well as on individual agent sites, giving real estate professionals a valuable incentive to keep customers coming back to their websites. 

"HomeKeepr develops lasting relationships between real estate agents and their local community. We do this by providing easy-to-use and convenient technology tools for the agents. Today's launch is another major step empowering agents to thrive in the digital age," said Rob Morelli, CEO and Co-Founder, HomeKeepr.

"This HomeKeepr search widget seamlessly allows the agent to further leverage their existing network of trusted home service professionals to help their homeowner clientele," added David Weinstein, Co-Founder, HomeKeepr. "With this new tool each homeowner, prospective home buyer or home seller each get a completely different set of search results due to the hyper-local nature of the database. Every time a homeowner uses this widget to find a trusted home service pro the agent further establishes themselves as a community hero and top local expert."

Key benefits of the HomeKeepr search tool include:

  • Agents immediately offer value to current and prospective clients who visit their website before any live interaction takes place
  • Agent websites become the destination to find highly recommended home service pros, significantly increasing the rate of "returning visitors"
  • Further positions the real estate agent as the true local expert who is there to help with all home related needs throughout the entire homeownership lifecycle
  • Saves time; rather than sending a text message or email, agents can simply further leverage their current website
  • Easy to install; takes mere seconds and is just two lines of code

According to the recent Real Estate in the Digital Age report by the National Association of Realtors®, "homeowners' trust in real estate agents is still king," and "more than 90% of real estate agents use mobile devices [and their websites] as primary means of staying connected to homeowners and prospective home buyers".

For real estate professionals who would like to add their HomeKeepr networks to their existing websites, download the new widget from their Realtor dashboard here.

Homeowners who are interested in checking out the HomeKeepr network of recommended home service professionals in their neighborhood can also check here. The current changes to search will not impact HomeKeepr's home maintenance and management app, which is available for iOS and Android mobile devices in the App Store and the Google Play stores.

About HomeKeepr

HomeKeepr is the nation's only home services online marketplace powered entirely by real referrals from real people. HomeKeepr achieves this by capturing the word-of-mouth recommendations that take place every day between real estate agents and their clients. Through partnerships with trusted companies like Keller Williams and eXp Realty, more than 125,000 agents nationwide use HomeKeepr to recommend professionals from painters and plumbers to lenders and lawyers. Based in New Jersey, HomeKeepr represents the quantum leap approach needed to connect and support local economies and to evolve the $400 billion U.S. home service sector, regenerate the livelihood of local real estate agents, and to help local communities thrive in the digital age. For more information, visit www.homekeepr.com.        

Media Contact: Jody Privette Young, PR-Zone, (415) 328.4700, jody@pr-zone.com

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