Technology has come to play a role in almost every aspect of our lives, and buying and selling real estate is no exception. The popularity of apps like domain.com.au and realestate.com.au is due to their ability to collate all the property listings in a selected area and allow buyers to compare properties side-by-side before even stepping foot inside an open house.
Here are five more apps you may find useful in your property hunt:
The Commbank Property Guide allows you to view auction results and insights into the suburb you’re searching including median prices, rental yields, population and demographics. Face the handset at any home and the app will bring up the last sale price. The app also includes a mortgage calculator and is compatible with Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Tap Mortgage Australia will calculate the stamp duty of a home, including transfer fees, first home concessions and the registration of a mortgage. It also calculates loan repayments, showing the total savings for weekly or fortnightly payments compared to monthly ones. Tap Mortgage is available for Apple devices.
AroundMe is ideal if you’re new to the area you’re scouting and would like a guide to the amenities in the neighborhood. Everyday essentials like ATMs, petrol stations and restaurants are ranked by distance from the user. AroundMe is available for both Apple and Android devices.
Houzz Interior Design Ideas has over two million photos of design ideas. You can browse photos by style, room and location and add your favorites to your virtual idea book, just like clipping design ideas from a magazine into a scrapbook. The design ideas range from décor to storage and can be especially useful if you plan to work with a professional designer on your new home. The app is compatible with Apple devices.
Magic Plan allows you to design your own floorplan by taking pictures of a room – the app will measure the room and then add it to your floorplan. You can also draw your own floorplan on the app and place objects wherever you desire. This app is particularly useful for buyers who are looking to build their new home or do major renovations on an existing home, or for home buyers working with craftsmen, architects or interior designers. The app is compatible with Apple devices.
With these seven apps, you’ll have plenty of weapons at your disposal as you search for your new home – but remember, you should still speak to Michael Sudarski to make sense of it all and find the best options for you.