Real estate tools for Android

Mar 21, 2010
Real estate

Zillow’s recent release of a real estate Android app ushers in a new era of mobile real estate tools, leveraging such mobile-specific features such as GPS alerts and neighborhood reviews.  With interest rates still low, the housing market seems to be creeping back up little by little, every month.  If you’re in the market for […]

Zillow’s recent release of a real estate Android app ushers in a new era of mobile real estate tools, leveraging such mobile-specific features such as GPS alerts and neighborhood reviews. 

With interest rates still low, the housing market seems to be creeping back up little by little, every month.  If you’re in the market for a new home, you may want to keep tabs on available real estate even while you’re out and about. Here are some additional real estate tools available in the Android Market:

Well recognized and full-featured

Zillow is new to Android, but its Android app shows the experience gained from its iPhone app. Use GPS to find nearby homes for sale and rent, as well as information on listings and recently-sold properties. Voice-search is included in the free app, with filters for home type, price, and more.

Coldwell Banker may not have the most robust real estate Android app, but it is a trusted source in a sea of Android newcomers. Only Coldwell properties are accessed through this free app, but you can search locally or nationwide. See recent listings as well as recent sales, set your search criteria and filter by price, agent, location, etc.

ZipReality has also jumped on the Android bandwagon, offering up a real estate search Android app based on your current location or your own search criteria. View estimates of home values and filter your search by price, among other factors. Price is emphasized with this free app, with filters for foreclosures and reduced-price homes.

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Just the real estate

Puluwai is a pretty basic real estate search engine, but it works well for those that don’t need a full-service account. Free, the Puluwai Android app finds properties based on your location as well as zip code. Save favorite listings, share them with friends, and view property details in a photo gallery when available.

Real Estate by Smarter Agent is an aggregate search tool that shows listings from Homes for Sale and Apartments for Rent. View results on a map and filter by properties that have been recently sold. It’s a simple Android app, but the inclusion of rental properties gives it a realistic utility.

Real estate tools

The free Real Estate Droid Android app combines several search and resource tools into one.  Search homes for sale and receive details from Trulia and Walkscore, including neighborhood information. Mortgage quotes are also included. Save your favorites, add photos and view listings on a map.

Getting into the real estate search means learning the lingo too.  Stay on top of things with the Real Estate from Pocket MBA Android app. The tool itself is quite basic, but it’s free, unlike most other real estate-term Android apps in the Android Market. Brush up on your terminology so everyone knows that you know your stuff.

Finance Utilities has several calculators included in its Android app, all of which can be applied to your real estate needs. The free Android app has an investment profit calculator, a home buying calculator, and a mortgage/refinance calculator. Save your input data for later access.

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