Pro.com, the Seattle startup looking to create one-stop shopping for home repairs, has released a new service for real estate agents who are looking for ways to remain close with clients.
Called Premier Home Services, the service is designed to help agents book repairs for clients by using Pro’s service as they prepare their house for a sale or make upgrades after a purchase. It does this by giving agents access to Pro’s platform, which allows them to assist with finding a repairman, getting bids and scheduling the work.
Through the program, an agent receives his own URL on Pro.com’s website, where customers can enter an address to receive a home values or estimates for home improvements.
The announcement was made officially today at Inman Connect Conference in San Francisco, but the service has already been operating in beta for the past three weeks. Pro.com says already 400,000 branded agent sites are using it, and that agents who sign up for the service by the end of the month, will receive the service for free until the end of the year. Pro.com said additional pricing details will be disclosed after the free period has ended.
Pro.com is just one of several companies trying to bring the home services market online. Other competitors in the space include Angie’s List, Thumbtack, Porch and HomeAdvisor, and Amazon, which is where Pro’s founder Matt Williams worked for a long time after his startup LiveBid.com was acquired by the company in 1999. Coincidentally, Pro.com is also backed by Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment arm of Amazon’s Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
In a statement, Williams said with Premier Home Services, “We have made it convenient for agents to solve any client home repair or improvement need while providing them with valuable data to grow their business.”
Pro.com says the service will also provide agents with content, including home improvement ideas for their website. A dashboard on the back-end also promises to help agents figure out which of their past client’s may be interested in buying or selling a house based on their website activity, including using tools to research home improvement projects or assessing a home’s value.
In March, Pro.com joined an eight-month long accelerator program, offered by The National Association of Realtors, in the hopes of getting people in the real estate business to use its services. Today’s launch stems in part from Pro’s participation in the program.