Lifestyle April 1, 2016

Smart House Searching

The housing market has become somewhat of an obsession for a sizeable section of the population with nearly a third of Auckland homeowners admitting to poring over property listings ‘all the time’, and a further 48% saying they ‘sometimes’ search listings even though they have no intention of moving.


Now potential buyers can browse with absolute ease thanks to an ingenious new app from Barfoot & Thompson which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. “You can open the app and immediately see the properties for sale near you,” says Stephen Barfoot, chief technology officer. “It’s like having the local branch’s window display in your hand.”


Keeping track of the local market, he continues, could not be simpler thanks to a heap of useful features such as floor plans, auction documents, LIM reports and videos all available at the swipe of a finger: “There’s also no need to be pigeon-holed into predetermined regions of your city. You can tailor your search to specific suburbs from across the whole of Auckland.”


Other functions include an interactive map for a bird’s eye view of the local market, open homes for the most convenient time, custom filters to find the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and a price that suits you along with a location aware option to immediately view properties for sale in your area. The school zone feature, too, will most certainly prove to be a popular choice, added, says Stephen, as a specific response to the wants and needs of the Auckland buyer.


He goes on: “Whether it is about keeping your child in the school they are already attending, or planning for the future, this is a functionality Aucklanders want.” The school zone data is pulled directly from the Ministry of Education database, though the company suggests thorough due diligence is done direct with the school in question before committing to a property: “This background information is also very insightful for buyers looking to purchase in some of the more sought-after zones, in which properties can often attract premium sale and rental prices.”


The app is available now for download for iPhone and iPad from the App Store, and for Android devices from Google Play.

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