USA recently brought me and several other military bloggers on a trip to their headquarters to view several new iPhone apps in work, as well as discuss some other applications and features they have in work (See USAA Auto Circle for their iPhone app for buying a car).
I have always thought of USAA as a top tier bank in terms of being a customer (I have been a USAA member now for about 10 years), but I have a newly found respect and admiration for their company after seeing their campus and headquarters in person, as well as meeting several members of their development and marketing teams. Everything USAA does is designed to improve their service for military members and their families, which truly makes them unique in the financial and insurance industries!
Programs and applications to help military members and families
USAA is working hard on developing tools that will make life easier for USAA members. They know that most of their members are either in, or have been in the military, and often have to move to a new location quickly. That means they often don’t have the time to fully research an area or search for the best housing prices before they need to either commit to rent or buy.
That is a key reason for the development of USAA Home Circle, an iPhone app that gives USAA members the ability to run through the entire home buying process through their iPhone. Don’t have an iPhone? the Blackberry version is in development, and there may be more smartphone apps in the near future – so keep reading. This app may be available to you sooner than you think!
USAA Home Circle – Home buying and renting made easy
Like Auto Circle, Home Circle is an easy way to put the home buying or renting process into one easy to use app. With Home Circle, you can buy, sell, finance, insure and even rent your home through one interface – making it easy to save you both time and money.
How USAA Home Circle Works:
- Search for homes. USAA home Circle gives you the power to search nationwide MLS listings of homes for sale, plus a robust listing of rental properties, including apartments. You can search by city, zip code, military base, or even down to the neighborhood. Additional information includes details regarding area schools, crime rates and nearby amenities such as shops and restaurants.
- Personalize your buying or renting experience. USA Home Circle allows you to save your preferences by bookmarking your favorite houses, searches, and neighborhoods, reducing your search time and making for a more easy comparison. You can also map out driving routes, routes to home, work, school, and other attractions. You can also use your iPhone to take phots and save them with captions, which can be uploaded to your saved listings, making it easier to save details about your home search. I’m currently looking for a home, and after looking at 30+ homes in the last few days, I can see how this would be very beneficial! (now I just need the iPhone!).
- Save with MoversAdvantage®. USAA MoversAdvantage is a unique real estate program that provides members with a local USAA MoversAdvantage Preferred Real Estate Agent, a USAA Real Estate Coordinator and, in most states, a cash bonus of up to $3,100 for buying and selling a home within the program. More on this program in another article, because my wife and I plan on using it during our home sale and purchase.
How to get the Home Circle Experience. Auto Circle launches today, August 4th. You can find it at http://www.HomeCircle.com, or by downloading the USAA – Mobile Banking. You will also need to be a USAA member to access all features.
About USAA. USAA provides insurance, banking, investment and retirement products and services to 7.7 million members of the U.S. military and their families. USAA membership is open to all who are serving or have honorably served our nation in the U.S. military – and their families. For more information about USAA, check out this USAA review.