Start Searching For Your New Home...On Your Phone!

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential First Realty - 515-988-0638- LiveInDesMoines.com

As I enter the world of android on my new HTC EVO, I find myself searching for the best applications. During my search I came across more than a few real estate applications. I knew they were out there, but I started thinking about consumers and how they might really use these apps. Hmm....this has got me spinning! So...my question today is: 

Would you search for a new home on your phone? Better yet...have you already?

Des Moines Local Tweeps jumped right in: @kateschneider: absolutely... I search for everything on my phone. :) @mipo777: all the time. Love the location feature on realtor app. Makes it fun to look at lake properties :) @ksteinkamp: definitely would on my phone @ketelson: I would search on my phone @edmoran77: if you can search for a love interest... Why not a home?! LOL

So...what apps are out there?

Here's a test drive of a few that I went through...

SMARTER AGENT REAL ESTATE BROWSER

  • This app is very user friendly and easy to look at.
  • It shows homes for sale, for rent, and even homes that have recently sold (Sold homes are a bit behind...maybe a year out?)
  • You can use GPS to search for homes close to your location (might work well for that lake search!)
  • You can email the homes to yourself or a friend
  • You can limit search to a city, neighborhood, or even school
  • You can SAVE your favorites!

REAL ESTATE DROID

  • Font is a bit small, but functions very well
  • Acts like an internet search, plug in your criteria...and you're off
  • You can add a home manually
  • Includes a loan calculator
  • Includes live neighborhood info with nearest property for sale, and comparable homes in the area

This is a start...there are so many more apps out there. Here is a great blog post about the Top 10 Real Estate Apps for Droid Phones. Most of these apps, if not all, are available for the iPhone as well!

Do you have another favorite? I'd love to hear about it!

Have more questions about Des Moines? There are definitely more answers. Feel free to connect with me via Facebook, Twitter, Text, Email, or by cell. I’m happy to help.

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