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ZipRealty

March 18, 2010 08:31 ET

ZipRealty Introduces Free Google Android Mobile Phone Application for Home Hunters

Buyers Can Search Listed Homes, View Photos, and Get Home Prices and Estimated Values While On-the-Go on Android-Based Phones

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) -  Leading online real estate brokerage ZipRealty (NASDAQ: ZIPR) (www.ZipRealty.com) today released a version of its popular mobile house-hunting application for Android-based phones.

House hunters can use the Android application, similar to the already well-received iPhone and iPod Touch version, to search for actively-listed "for sale" homes and view property photos of each listing in more than 4,000 U.S. cities and neighborhoods nationally.

The application displays search results on Google Maps, including homes currently on the market, as well as a comprehensive list of recently sold homes with sale prices. Android app users can also view search results through Google's Street View option, which gives a home buyer a "drive up" feel for each property. The application also provides access to third-party home value estimates and access to a local ZipRealty agent with one click.

"The release of our real estate application for Android-based phones reinforces our commitment to providing home shoppers with 'for sale' home information on whatever mobile device they use," said Myron Lo, Vice President of Innovation at ZipRealty. "Our iPhone app has been downloaded already more than 125,000 times, and we're confident that prospective home buyers using Android-based phones will enjoy having this vital information about homes and neighborhoods at their fingertips."

Home buyers who use Android-based phones also have mobile access to their ZipRealty.com accounts, allowing them to search for homes on-the-go and view full information on Multiple Listing Service (MLS)-listed homes.

Clients can also begin new geo-targeted searches for homes that meet their unique home-buying criteria like price range, number of bedrooms or bathrooms, and property type.

The application is free and easily available by searching for ZipRealty in the Android Market store (www.android.com/market). The minimum operating system users will need to run this application is Android OS 1.5. For additional information and screenshots of the application, please visit www.ziprealty.com/android.

About ZipRealty, Inc.
ZipRealty is a full-service residential real estate brokerage firm. The Company utilizes its user-friendly Web site and employee real estate agents to provide home buyers and sellers with high-quality service and value. ZipRealty's Web site provides users with access to comprehensive local Multiple Listing Services' home listings data, as well as other relevant market and neighborhood information. The Company's proprietary business management system and technology platform help to reduce costs, allowing the Company to pass on significant savings to consumers. Founded in 1999, the company operates in 35 major markets in 22 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on ZipRealty, visit www.ziprealty.com or call 1-800-CALL-ZIP.

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