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Gone are the days when brokers used to be our main source of information regarding properties for sale. There are innumerable apps in the market that now allow users to search for homes on the go. While old players like Sulekha, OLX, Quikr, are still around, other dedicated apps, with interesting features like augmented map sync, swipe search, etc, are getting attention too. Read on.
Rento
Launched this month, it is an offshoot app of Metroplots. With map sync and filters (rent, size, location, etc.), Rento covers metros across the country. A simple interface provides complete details about registered properties, maintenance costs, power backup, and other amenities. Requires Android 2.2 and up.
Details: metroplots.com
Property Search
Its latest version has a much better interface, with improved map syncs. While properties are updated daily, filters are narrowed down to even the kind of furniture required. We like the ‘Favourites’ option, and the fact that it is ad-free. Requires Andriod 3.0 and up.
Details: housing.com
Realtor.com
This has a cool feature that allows you to draw your custom search area on the map, instead of typing multiple search points. Once signed-in, you can access your saved data from any device. We like the smooth swipe action that allows us to flip through options quickly. Want a property near a school? The app has a dedicated filter for that too. Available for both Android and Apple devices.
Details: realtor.coma
99acres
This app allows you to message property advertisers for free. Properties are divided into Hot, Premium and Economical, for a smoother search. Even shows you nearby ATMs, restaurants, and more. Single tap calling is another cool feature. Requires Android 2.3.3 and up.
Details: 99acres.com
MagicBricks
Get alerts about matching properties on the go through this app. We also found the price trends feature pretty useful in estimating property values. A special feature called My MagicBox helps manage properties posted and checkout respective responses. Requires Android 4.0 and up.

Details: magicbricks.com
Common Floor
We are quite impressed by its map feature that supports augmented reality. Users can also join apartment communities, and share property details with friends and relatives. Available in over 200 cities with over 1 crore homes listed, a separate community application called CommonFloor Groups is also present. Requires Android 3.0 and up.
Details: commonfloor.com
—Karan Pillai

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  • http://wowsomeapp.com Siddhu

    undoubtedly, future is mobile apps. In case of enhancing the information, presents you in live while engaging virtually, it’s obviously Augmented Reality. Apps with AR, works for potential buyers to browse through the property listings on the go by offering real-time and interactive visual content that pops up in an entertaining and informative manner. Quick searches, photographs, graphics, floor plans, amenities, neighbourhood details, price calculators, ratings, short video, quick links to social media websites, call-to-action (enquiry, buy, share), and deals that it gives a hyper-immersive and hyper-targeted experience for consumers and as well as for advertisers – all these and more can be easily accessed on your fingertips.

    According to mobile industry analyst Tomi Ahonen, augmented reality has the potential to be “the 8th mass market to evolve” and the convenience with it, will become a value added for consumers way of interaction by delivering a seamless experience wherein users are not able to differentiate between the real world and its virtual augmentation – absorbing into the best of both worlds.