WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 15, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — When talking of renowned property listing and tracking services, it’s hard to look past HomeFinder.com. For quite some time now, web users have been benefiting from the trusted apartment locating services of HomeFinder.com, and when the company released its official iOS client in the App Store last year, smartphone users were introduced to perhaps the most feature-packed and thorough app of this genre. If you’re an Android user, envy not, as the official HomeFinder.com app is now available in the Google Play Store. You heard it right; using the official HomeFinder.com mobile app, users can easily locate, explore and share the best apartment deals on the move. Featuring arguably the most expansive property searching and filtering criteria, the app helps you find exactly the type of accommodation that conforms to your budgetary and location needs. In addition, it is equipped with built-in mortgage calculator, geo-fence, full-screen photo displaying the interiors and exteriors of the featured property, map and list view for available apartments, broker, agent and/or house owner’s contact details, and lots more.
As with all other previously reviewed similar apps (e.g., Trulia For Rent (review), Airbnb (review) and Zillow Rentals (review) etc), HomeFinder, too, presents its users with various filters that can help you narrow down your search criteria to include only the most relevant matches. However, where the app excels is the depth of these filters. For instance, while the option to set custom location radius, property type, max/min price range, number of rooms and the overall capacity of the house can be found with most alternatives, HomeFinder.com is laced with several other useful filters, including specifying the listing type (new homes, rentals, foreclosures et al) and the preferred age of the property.
In addition, users also have the option to find properties that include one (or more) of the following options:
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To further expedite your searches, the app’s homescreen lists all the houses that have recently gone on sale, are under the ‘Open House’ deal for the week, or available for rent. The top segment of this screen is dedicated to displaying the on-sale houses from within your vicinity. Another handy aspect of the app is its ability to detect available search matches in real-time. That is, as you continue with specifying your search criteria, the app automatically keeps updating the search results, and displays the relevant count of total number of available properties at the bottom.
Each individual search result can be saved and/or shared further. From within both the map as well as list view, you can scroll through different results, and hit the one that attracts you the most to reveal its details, check out and calculate mortgage value, and contact the owner to strike an ideal deal.
The app is available in the iTunes App Store by the name of Open Houses, whereas in the Google Play Store, it has been released as HomeFinder.com. Download links to both the variants of the app are provided below.
Note: HomeFinder.com services are currently available within the U.S only.
Download HomeFinder.com for Android
Download Open Houses for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch
HomeFinder.com is a leading online real estate search site and provider of strategic digital marketing solutions. 3.4 million visitors each month gain access to almost 4 million online real estate listings. The 20,000 real estate agents that comprise the HomeFinder.com advertising network utilize a unique suite of product offerings; including a patent pending Single Property Website. Through a national affiliate network of 375 online newspaper partners, HomeFinder.com is the only real estate search site to also provide relevant listing content to homebuyers through local online newspaper portals.
HomeFinder.com is owned jointly by three leading media companies, Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Co. (NYSE: MNI) and Tribune Co., and is an affiliated company of Classified Ventures, LLC, which owns and operates three leading online businesses: Apartments.com, Cars.com and HomeGain.com.
By: A. Rehman