March 30, 2013

Priced Out Forever? There’s an App for That

And now for your weekly dose of gee-whiz, tech news!

Real estate apps can help, overwhelm homebuyers

By Dan Nakaso, San Jose Mercury News
Posted:   03/29/2013 06:00:00 PM PDT; Updated:   03/29/2013 06:57:43 PM PDT

130329-apps-truliaRaj Aurora has been searching to buy his first home for the last three months, but hasn’t wasted time looking at condos he knows he won’t like and hasn’t even needed to meet his agent, all thanks to real estate apps that Aurora downloaded on his iPhone 5.

"We’ve already eliminated 20 to 30 houses without driving around," said Aurora, a 42-year-old chiropractor and part-time Web developer from Danville. "I don’t want to sit with (my agent) for eight hours driving from house to house. I’d rather hang out with my dog and my friends."

Aurora instead checks out properties virtually by glancing at his Zillow and Trulia apps throughout the day, then reviews any possibilities via text or email with his Danville real estate agent, Kevin R. Kieffer of Keller Williams Realty, whom Aurora has yet to see.

We think the Merc headline has an extraneous comma.  We also think Mr. Aurora doesn’t need to see Mr. Kieffer as long as Bay Area Bubble 4.0 ensures that homes are sold faster than they can be listed.

If you’ve been reading this site for more than a few days, you’re already aware that there are several real estate sites out there that have information on homes for sale. And if you’ve spent any time on the sites themselves, they probably let you know about their various apps for different devices.  Because, if you don’t want to be PRICED OUT FOREVER, you have to be ready to look at new listings at any possible moment, day or night.

130329-apps-zillowAlso, if you’re anything like Raj Aurora, you will do absolutely anything to avoid coming into contact with people you don’t have to.

This is your weekend Open Thread.  Let us know which, if any, real estate apps you use to find those open houses you’ll be looking at later today.  Be sure to mention the superiority of whatever hardware you’re using it on as well, because if you don’t have enough respect for your zip code, at least you can have it for your mobile device. Or talk about anything you want at all.  Remember, this isn’t having to actually talk to other people, so you can say anything.

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

7 Responses to “Priced Out Forever? There’s an App for That”

  1. Jb Says:

    That comma is odd. But on apps – Zillow is great for property data – are there 3/2’s in that neighborhood on big lots…Redfin seems to update faster than some RE searchable databases (case in point: I emailed agent about a listing she could not find…so I gave her the MLS number off Redfin. She hated that. We eventually fired her.) which reminds me of another agent (alas, we fired her too) who said something like ‘I Hate Zillow’…. Wait, off topic. Redfin and Zillow are my picks for the easssst bay. No open houses for me this weekend – its all about bunnies, egg hunts and going to church. To pray. I think we need some help from on high to not be Priced Out Forever…

  2. SEA Says:

    “I don’t want to sit with (my agent) for eight hours driving from house to house. I’d rather hang out with my dog and my friends.”

    What percentage of agents are less entertaining than a dog?

  3. SEA Says:

    Chinese Mother Spends $6.5 Million on Fancy New York Digs for Two-Year-Old Daughter

  4. nomadic Says:

    Love the second (?) comment on that story. Reads like a short story of its own.

  5. sprezzatura Says:

    Redfin’s mobile app is actually pretty decent.

  6. madhaus Says:

    nomadic, if you’re talking about the one from bigboxofbees that was freakin’ awesome. So far it got 61 replies.

  7. nomadic Says:

    Yes, that’s the one madhaus. Up to 73 replies now.

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