Whether you are buying your first dream home or a second property for investment purpose, the house hunting journey is nothing less than a roller-coaster ride. It is exciting but also challenging. Right from short-listing the best locations to meeting the pesky property agents, the quest for a perfect home can sap your time and energy. However, thanks to the booming real estate technology, House-hunting is no longer a frenzy it used to be earlier!
The online property portals have been there for quite some time now, and have reduced the legwork considerably. But, these days, with the falling prices of smart phones, more and more users access apps for their varied needs. Mobile apps have become quite popular on the real estate circuit, allowing the potential buyers to browse through the property listings on the go. Quick searches, photographs, graphics, floor plans, amenities, neighbourhood details, price calculators and ratings – all these and more can be easily accessed on your fingertips. All you need to do is download these apps on your smartphones or other mobile devices.
Here are 5 useful apps to make your House-hunting hassle-free:
With the property search app of Housing.com, you can find the listings in both rental and resale properties across all the major cities of India. Every property listed here goes through the scrutiny of the company’s super data collectors, to lend authenticity and accuracy of the information. The app gives you high quality real photos, real locations, over 3.5 lakh verified listings, ratings on the locality/society/commute and neighbourhood scan, to list a few features.The filter feature allows you to narrow down your choices based on the locality, number of rooms, price, amenities and other parameters. People looking for PG, hostel or serviced apartment accommodation will especially find this app very handy.
Most home hunters would have the MagicBricks website marked as a favourite on his internet browser. But, with the app, you can launch the search with just one touch. The app has been specially designed to focus on the ease of use functionality for the users. An interactive map to shortlist from over 5 lakh properties; price trends; property agent searches, property alerts, property news and locality reviews are some of the basic features of the app. However, one special feature to really look for is the ‘Magicbox’, which is a user’s personalized account to track the responses from the buyer or seller. The app even shows Vastu compliant listings, if that’s what you are looking for.
After the success of its mobile WAP site, 99 acres launched its mobile app last year to make the property search experience even more convenient for the real estate finders. Akin to its desktop version, the app allows the user to do a quick, customized search according to their preferences. Whether you are looking for a flat or a villa, a floor shop or an office, you can review any property virtually through the photos and videos. After you have identified a property, the app can also fetch a map, showing the distance from the nearby amenities or landmarks such as malls, parks, banks or restaurants.
The Commonfloor, another popular real estate portal, made us aware of its smart app, when it launched its nationwide television commercial ‘No Darr. Find Ghar’. The advertisement showed a couple hunting for a house landing up in a haunted house and how the husband then downloads Commonfloor’s mobile app to find the right home. While the key features of the app are on the similar lines to that of its peers, one USP feature called Augmented Reality and Map search sets it apart.Using this feature, the users can immediately retrieve properties along with the directions in their current location.
Don’t want to load your smart phone with multiple real estate apps? Well, then Property Plus could make your search a little less complicated. You can call this app a one stop depository of all real estate portals such as 99 acres, MagicBricks, Commonfloor, Homefinder, Indiaproperty, Olx, and several more for all your rental, buying, selling or sub-letting requirements. As soon as you launch a search on this app, it will pop up properties across all the real estate portals to give you the best deals and price comparisons.
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