THE days of carting the property section of the Saturday paper around to view properties maybe a thing of the past as the real estate market explodes into the Smartphone age.
With sales of smartphone mobile devices growing rapidly, real estate agents, mortgage brokers and lenders are all offering tools, tips, calculators and listings applications for mobile devices – almost negating the need for an open house (or a face-to-face appointment).
Last year property website www.realestate.com.au, in conjunction with RPData and the Commonwealth Bank launched an app which allows property hunters to point their iPhone at a property to see sale details on a screen.
They added a similar app shortly after giving Android users the same functionality.
Rival website www.domain.com.au also has jumped on the bandwagon offering app’s for iPhones and Android recently. It’s app allows Australians to search for buy/rent/share and sold properties, view details page, send email enquiries to agents and friends and add listings to shortlist.
It also includes an inspection planner, which saves properties the user may like to inspect, and sends directions to the chosen property while alerting the user to any inspection time clashes.
In the US, one of the largest real estate listing sites www.realtor.com has launched an iPad app to reach out to the 17 million iPad users in the US by connecting them with millions of property listings and other real estate information.
Besides offering photos and property details for listings, the app also features an Area Highlighter where users can draw their own search boundaries anywhere in the U.S. They just use the iPad’s touch-screen to “slide, pinch, zoom, and pan through a map to drill down into a neighbourhood or particular street.”
The app’s users will also be able to rate properties and save personal notes on each home for later reference – all information that they can send to their real estate agents via e-mail.