Rentals App

Shockoe recognized the importance of developing a cross-platform Rentals app for Dominion’s and utilized the Appcelerator Platform to complete the app.

About, a subsidiary of Dominion Enterprises, is one of the largest online real estate portals in the United States, allowing users to view apartment rentals, home purchases, home valuations, mortgages, and more. The apartment and home searches have robust search filters for price, location, as well as a wide range of amenities.

Additionally, allows users to view local real estate market reports as well as listings of local real estate agents to help ensure their home and apartment experiences are as convenient as possible.

The Challenge knew that users viewed their online listings across various phones, tablets, and computers.

When deciding to create a mobile application to supplement their web presence, wished to maintain the same user experience across all systems and platforms in order to ensure a universal approach to displaying listings.

The Solution

The mobile development team at Shockoe recognized the importance of developing Dominion’s Rentals app for iOS and Android devices simultaneously. Using our cross-platform development environment, we were able to produce a mobile solution that was easily portable to each platform without a large amount of additional development time.

Keeping with the features available on’s website, users can also see current listings filtered by user preferences such as price, size, and type of residence. The search also includes filters for housing features and amenities like fireplaces, parking, or pet-friendly rentals, a feature unique to the Rentals app. Map searches also allow the user to view and save geographical points of interest like their work, gym, or daycare to find rentals close by. Additionally, users can access floor plans and video tours, save favorited locations, and quickly contact agents for more information.

Key Features

  • Search for homes and apartments via a map view
  • Sort results by commute distance to location
  • Filter results by amenities such as pet friendliness, in-unit washer and dryer, or pool and garage
  • See, save, and share top choices
  • View layouts, home images, or videos

Key Technology

  • Appcelerator Platform
  • Apple iOS SDK
  • Google Android SDK
  • Integration with client API and native apps
  • 70% of code reused when deploying to iOS and Android platform
  • Geolocation capabilities to provide real-time home availability with time and distance to location

The cross-platform nature of Appcelerator enables us to meet deadlines that would be impossible if we designed for each platform separately.

Jessie Newcomer, Director of Mobile Development,

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