Whether you’re after virtual home styling or remote auction viewings, tap into the market with these helpful apps.
Coordinating calendars, constantly hitting refresh on a browser full of tabs, measuring up a living room with the tape measure in your back pocket – there’s a lot to juggle when you’re home hunting. But a little help isn’t too far. In fact, a tap of your thumb has it right in front of you. Here’s a list of apps to help you navigate the property jungle.
Wherever you are, AroundMe identifies your location and offers up all the nearest facilities. If you’re looking for a bank, petrol station, supermarket, the app will give you a complete list of all the nearest options and their distance from your location. Giving you a taste of the community, AroundMe is a game-changer when going on inspections, but secretly also helpful if you’re in desperate need of a coffee for an early morning inspection.
Best feature: You can choose to see every listing on a map and the app will give you the route from your location.
REALas (Web link compatible with Apple/Android)
A web link that provides you with updated price predictions on listed properties including auctions and private sales, you’ll be in the know when it comes to the property market in your state, and whether the agent at the listing you’ve just attended is giving you an accurate price estimate. Last year, the team’s estimations were within 10% of the actual price for 9 out of 10 properties. Download the link into your home screen and search away.
Best feature: The property price prediction algorithm used to fuel the information the app provides, was formulated based on the team’s research in data science, property data, local market knowledge from property experts and input from buyers. Predictions respond to the latest updates in the Australian market so you have access to the most recent information right up until the time of sale.
GAVL Live Auctions (Apple/Android)
Nowadays, just because you can’t make it to an auction doesn’t have to mean you can’t walk away with the deed to your dream property. GAVL gives you a list of upcoming auctions and detailed property descriptions; you can even choose to set up alerts so you’re not missing anything. During auctions, agents are online tracking your bidding and messages. Featured on The Block Australia Season 14, this app is quickly generating buzz and more and more agencies like Raine & Horne and Ray White are getting on board.
Best feature: As you’re watching, all bids appear on the live screen in the currency of your choice, and when bidding, dollar amounts you might like to increase your bid by are provided to you to streamline the process.
Property Calculator Australia (Apple/Android)
Gain access to your stamp duty, loan balance, deposit required, loan repayments and more in one place. Property Calculator effectively provides you with an interactive summary of your financial position. How much of a deposit will you need for the property you’re interested in? Choose between different percentage deposit amounts and you’ve got your answer.
Best feature: All answers are given to you with calculations included, so you can see into the details behind your finances.
Magic Plan (Apple/Android)
This is the fantasy football league of home apps – it lets you design your dream home. You can map the skeleton of an ideal property, or use your camera to capture a floorplan.
Best feature: You can export in PDF, JPG and more to share your completed plans with your partner or real estate agent directly from your device.
Looking for more advice when it comes to the search for your ideal home? Talk to one of our Aussie brokers today.