Who doesn’t like easy? I sure do, especially when I want information. Homebuyers today are the same way. They don’t want to wait around for you to respond to their email. They want to be able to access information instantly.
This really pertains to home search. Leaving flyers in a rain filled box are passé! Savvy buyers of today want to be able to grab info on the go. They want to be able to just whip out their smart phone, do a quick search and be on their way. Well, things just got even easier for iPhone users.
Welcome to HomeSnap, one of the coolest new real estate apps I’ve seen. Lets say you are just browsing a neighborhood or a find a house you are interested in. Even if the home isn’t for sale, you can just take out your iPhone, snap a picture and in less than a minute, you’ll have an estimate of its price, details on square footage, number of bedrooms, and similar homes for sale. It really works! This app uses the iPhone’s GPS capability and it’s sensors to ID the house and then fetch the data from a server in the cloud.
This amazing feat of technical wizardry, which works all over the U.S., was created by HomeSnap, an app by Sawbuck Realty, an online real-estate firm out of D.C. The app doesn’t send data to the Realtor, or invite calls or emails. Only if a consumer requests to be contacted. It’s a cool way to investigate houses you like and to find out what your neighbor’s house is worth! You can share your “Snaps”-photo profiles of houses- with HomeSnap with friends via email, text or social networks like Facebook.
The cool thing is, you can also use the app to flip through Snaps taken by others in nearby areas or anywhere. Also included in the app is Stealth Mode. You can take a picture when you aren’t right in front of a house, even if you were inside another house nearby. It will provide you an aerial map from which you can choose your property. This is helpful when you can’t get a photo or aren’t directly in front of a home. HomeSnap includes scores of data from third party data vendors that rate the quality of nearby schools. It also rates the relative appreciation and investment value of a home over 10 years. Some of the snaps even show previous sales dates and prices.
Remember this isn’t always going to be 100% accurate. It’s pooling from public records, which as we know, aren’t always up to date. It does however color code the homes, green if for sale, orange if under contract and purple if it’s going to be an open house. Having access to this data with such an easy process is a winner in my book. Enjoy and happy Snapping.
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