Spring is a popular season for property buyers and with interest rates still at a record low, there are plenty of potential buyers out looking.
There are also lots of tools available online for property buyers and investors, but how do you know which ones are worth using?
Smartphone apps not only provide you with on-the-go convenience, but many of them are free and packed with useful tools. We have gathered our top apps to help make finding a property a little easier this spring.
This newly created app and website were built for house-hunters who want to know the real value of a property. Using an algorithm developed by academics at RMIT University, RealAs claims to predict property values with a 5 per cent rate of accuracy.
You are able to search property to buy for auction or private sale, follow homes you like and keep up to date with prices changes, tell others about what homes you have seen and even provide reviews on the real estate agent. Get the app here.
Visiting countless open houses seems to be the norm for many home buyers, but how can you remember the details of each one?
CrumbTracks helps you keep track of each property by allowing you to store images and videos. You are also able to keep notes, which will remind you what features you did and didn’t like and you can also share these details with other people. Get the app here.
QR codes are becoming more and more popular in the marketing industry and many real estate agents are starting to use it when advertising a property. Some agents will put a QR code on the ‘For Sale’ sign, which you can scan and get instant access to property details, listings information and other important updates.
As this is a relatively new idea, it’s a great way to put you ahead of the other buyers and you can learn a lot about the property without even having to walk inside the front door. Get the app here.
The Domain.com.au app is easy to use and has stacks of information about properties for sale. Not only can you search for properties and add the ones you like to a shortlist, you can also add your own notes and photos of a property and share this information with your family and friends.
You are also able to look at the market insights to see what other properties are selling for in this area and surrounding areas. The inspection planner is a great addition to this app as you can plan your day using the inspection date, time and directions. Get the app here.
Part of being prepared is having your finances organised and a first step might be to see if you qualify. The State Custodians Online Pre-qualify tool will show you the maximum loan amount you would be able to borrow, based on the basic information you provide. This is more like a guide as none of the information has been verified and the full scenario hasn't gone through the assessment process. It is perfect to do while you are researching, continuing to save and house hunting.