By Petra Jones
The way people view real estate information is changing, and with sales of over a million in the U.S., Apple’s iPad offers access to a new generation of real estate apps. This multi-touch tablet computer allows users to scroll through listings on its 9.7-inch screen with a flick of their finger and comes with a digital compass on 3G models to display a house hunter’s current location. With the iPad now available in Canada, let’s look at some of the real estate applications that are available in Apple’s App Store (www.itunes.com/appstore/).
Complete Realty (www.completerealtysuite.com) offers three real estate apps for the iPad including Complete Foreclosures for searching through foreclosed and bank-owned properties using search criteria such as asking price, square footage and housing type. Complete Rental and Complete Homes apps allow users to search local rental home and property listings using similar criteria. All three apps use the iPad’s GPS technology to locate homes on an interactive map complete with satellite views.
Complete Realty founder Daniel Burrus says, “Our apps are redesigned for the iPad taking advantage of the larger screen and better processing power and speed. All three will become available in Canada most likely in the second half of the year. The apps work in most major cities in Canada already, but we need to do more database work to cover all of Canada. Complete Foreclosures gives agents as well as the home buyer instant access to all foreclosed and pre-foreclosed homes with full descriptions and photos. We also have an intelligent foreclosure guide to help the public understand how to buy an auction, or bank-owned home.”
A financial real estate calculator app is also available for the iPad. Completely redesigned to take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen, PowerOne features an RPN calculator capable of performing logarithmic, algebraic and trigonometric functions and calculations in decimal, fraction and feet/inches.
Infinity Softworks CEO Elia Freeman says, “PowerOne combines calculators and spreadsheets into a form we call templates. These templates make entry and what-if scenario analysis very fast and easy. Almost 60 templates are included with about 25 specifically applicable to both residential and commercial real estate.” PowerOne is available in Canada for $5.99 as a universal application capable of running on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. “PowerOne is infinitely expandable as you can also create your own templates or use those created by others at our template sharing site,” says Freeman. “Finally, you can email the results of any template to yourself or client.”
A quick look at those real estate apps already available in the U.S. gives an idea of what the future may hold for iPad users in Canada. ZipRealty (www.ziprealty.com) offers a free iPad app providing information on recently sold homes and those for sale, including information such as listing price and square footage plus third-party home value estimates. Free download Zillow (www.zillow.com/ipad/) displays properties for sale or rent, along with “Zestimate” property values and high resolution photo galleries while AgentFirst’s (www.firstam.com) app provides access to a database of property and ownership information covering 97 per cent of all U.S. real estate transactions.
So it would seem that Complete Realty and PowerOne’s real estate apps are likely to be the among the first of many to become available in Canada. Complete Realty founder Daniel Burrus says, “We have many new real estate apps we will be launching that we are very excited about but we cannot make our plans public yet for competitive reasons.”
If you’re a new iPad user and you’re actively looking for other real estate related apps, consider using Apple’s Genius (www.apple.com/ca/ipad/features/app-store.html) a free tool that recommends other apps based on those you’ve already downloaded.