First MLS launches Alexa-based property-search engine for the visually impaired 

by John Yellig

First MLS launched a voice-activated property-search engine on Amazon’s Alexa app to help blind and visually impaired people search for homes. 

The Finding Homes service, which works on any Alexa-equipped smart phone, allows people to access FMLS real estate listings. Homebuyers can ask Alexa questions like, “Provide property details of 111 Main St. in Atlanta,” or “How large is the lot?” FMLS said, noting that the listings are then delivered in complete sentences using the voice of Alexa. 

If the homebuyer would like to ask additional questions or schedule a showing, Alexa can connect them directly to the listing agent. The app can also email them when a new property is listed or send alerts to their Alexa device if there is a price adjustment. 

“We’re honored to bring search-by-voice and enhanced data accessibility of FMLS and our partners’ listings to those that [have] vision loss,” FMLS President and CEO Jeremy Crawford said in a press release. “We want to be as inclusive as possible, and this is one monumental step in the right direction.” 

Finding Homes is available for free to FMLS brokers, agents, partners and clients. 

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