Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a firm that is in pursuit of premium down town office space, the search for a new property can often take time, energy and money that few of us wish to expend. Between open houses, closing costs and bank approvals, it can take months for any offer to be accepted and work its way through the system. Fortunately, those who have had difficulties finding the best properties for their needs will no longer have to struggle or waste time, thanks to mobile technology. Below, we will discuss four apps and what each can offer in terms of convenience, saved time and avoided frustrations.
The Property Finder application for Android devices will empower users who are currently in the market for a new property – whether that be residential or commercial. Users can search by keyword phrase or browse properties in their immediate area via the GPS function. A variety of filters are included to allow filtered results, which can be sorted by price, number of bedrooms, square footage, acreage and much more. With options for list and map views, anyone can display a variety of results according to their tastes. The Property Finder app is free and can be downloaded via the Android Marketplace.
Anyone who needs to find a great deal on commercial properties will appreciate the aptly-name app, Commercial Properties. This tool combines listings from hundreds of different sites and services across the country in order to display an unprecedented number of commercial listings in one location. Users will be able to filter results by ZIP code, state or city – with a radius option to further expand select searches – and can view properties based on a variety of features such as price, size and date listed. Any interesting listings can be shared via social media and lists of properties can be quickly stored within the app for future reference.
LoopNet Commercial Real Estate
Very popular among commercial flippers and various real estate agencies, LoopNet offers unprecedented access to commercial property listings through its subscription based service. While the app is free and can be used by all, full access requires a $59.99/year subscription. With more than 800,000 listings available at any time, LoopNet will ensure that any local commercial property can be inspected and evaluated before calling a real estate agency. Advanced filtering options make it a breeze to find the perfect property for your needs and large photos included with each listing will help users inspect the aesthetic qualities of any property.
Real Estate by Smarter Agent
Users of the Real Estate by Smarter Agent app will not only be able to find residential listings, but will also have the ability to browse apartments for rent and recently sold homes in any area. Users can browse properties by price, square footage and even the estimated annual tax burden in order to find the perfect solution for their needs. Photos and detailed descriptions are also furnished to help users get a better idea of the property before they visit.
This article was contributed by Jamie Austin; he works for a successful realty consultancy firm in Aurora, ON. He enjoys blogging and shares his opinions and views on various property issues via his articles.