Zillow adds FaceTime SharePlay to browse houses with friends


Zillow has updated its iOS 15 iPhone and iPad apps with SharePlay support so you can browse homes with other people on FaceTime, the company announced. iOS users can start a Group FaceTime call and enable SharePlay to browse Zillow’s photo galleries so everyone in the call can see the property.

“Americans love Zillow surfing — most of them next to someone else — and now they have a new way to do it,” said Zillow. “Using the Zillow app on an iPhone or iPad, homebuyers can now search and browse homes for sale and rental listings together with family, friends, or a real estate agent in a seamless, synchronous experience.”

Zillow said 86 percent of users browse homes with a partner, spouse, or roommate, so the new feature makes sense if you can’t be together in person. It’s also a “great new way for brokers to engage with clients,” said Zillow CTO David Beitel.

To use the feature, each participant needs Zillow on an iPhone or iPad with iOS/iPadOS 15.1 or later. Users can search for different locations on Zillow and browse available lists of synced content. A rival real estate app, Redfin, introduced a similar feature in October.

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