If you’re in the market for property, either to buy, sell or rent there are some ‘must have’ apps that should be installed on your iPhone or iPad.
All the major players in the industry now have dedicated apps that make finding a property dead simple, and most come with features that can also make saving and tracking the properties you’ve looked at easier than scribbling in the columns of Saturday’s newspaper.
Also worth noting is that many local real-estate agents also have their own branded iPhone apps – however my advice would be to stick to the major apps as your main sources as these contain all the property listings you’re likely to ever need and have slick interfaces that make searching easy.
iPhone & iPad
Unlike many other large websites that have opted to only support mobiles via a mobile website, Realestate’s app has been carefully designed from the ground up as a native app and works on both iPhone and iPad.
Interestingly, the experience you get on each platform is different. Realestate has focused on a more laid-back browsing-style app for iPad, while the iPhone app is more targeted to being used while out on the road.
You can search properties to buy or rent, and view full property details including images and floor-plans. Using GPS, the app lets you search for properties at your current location and add your favourite properties to bookmarks.
Open-for-inspection and auction times are clearly listed and can be added to your calendar with a single tap. When you’ve settled on the property you like you can contact the agent via the included phone number or via email. Realestate’s app is well laid out, great to look at and, importantly, keeps getting better over time. It’s nice to see a big, successful brand pay so much attention to releasing and maintaining a quality app.
iPhone or iPad
While not as slick and easy to use as the Realestate.com.au app, Domain’s app is also useful and packed with helpful features that will make you more productive while searching for property.
Like Realestate’s app, you can select your criteria and search for thousands of properties to buy or rent. Domain also lets you search for recently sold properties, which can be useful if you’re interested in the value of properties for a specific suburb.
Another nice feature of the Domain app is the ability to sync it with your domain.com.au account and access all of your favourites via the web or vice-versa. So, for instance, you could mark properties as favourites at work and then, on the weekend, retrieve your shortlist while you’re out and about. This feature also lets you keep the iPad version of the app in sync with the iPhone version.
COMMBANK PROPERTY GUIDE
While the Realestate and Domain apps are great at helping you find property, the CommBank Property Guide will provide you with an estimated price guide on more than 80 percent of properties in Australia. The app also provides access to suburb profiles, revealing demographics, median price, buying/selling conditions and capital growth trends.
To access the data you can check out the fancy augmented reality map. You point the camera at the property you’re looking at, and if the data is available for that property you’ll see it displayed. If you’re not into augmented reality there’s a more traditional map and list view that provides access to the same data. The app also has a number of other useful features including lending calculators and, as you’d expect from a big bank, there’s an easy way to contact a lender.