You can do just about anything from your fingertips these days, including house-hunting. The real estate industry is finding ways to creatively use gadgets like the upcoming Apple Watch and Google Glass. More and more house hunters are beginning their search online, and more and more services are now available on a mobile device. Here are some of the coolest and most tech-savvy apps and products intended to make life easier for house hunters, real estate agents, and designers.
Zillow on Android Wear
Android Wear, the smart watch that was released last year, now supports the Zillow app. Here’s how it works: if you’re in a neighborhood, your watch will notify you when there’s a nearby open house, or a nearby house you marked as a favorite through your Zillow account. The watch will also give you directions to the house and can record your voice notes about the home. Downloading the Zillow app on your Android phone will allow it to sync with the Android Wear.
Kwikset Kevo Wireless-Enabled Deadbolt Lock
Kwikset’s Kevo Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt lock lets you unlock your door wirelessly with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and the Kevo app. You don’t even need to take your iOS device out of your pocket or purse; just touch your lock and it recognizes you. No more fumbling for keys or memorizing codes. If family, friends, or visitors need to enter your house, simply send an electronic key (eKey) to their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
This is an iPhone on wheels. You can program simple behaviors for Romo, and it’ll roam around the house. For real estate, you could set it free to take camera footage of the house and share it, or Skype a family member who couldn’t make it to an open house. The larger version of this is Double, an iPad on wheels that can be raised four to five feet.
A real estate agent can use Google Glass to show a house to clients miles away, or even overseas! Google Glass can answer to voice commands and can also superimpose images. Glass can make virtual viewings more useful, as the agent can shoot the video, hands-free. Glass wearers can be notified of nearby properties for sale, scroll through photos and detailed information, and get directions to the house if they’re interested.
Open this app on your phone, tap it against all four walls in the room, and your phone will sketch out the floor plan of the room. According to the iTunes description, the floor plans are accurate within a half foot. The app is free for iPhones, but you can upgrade to the pro version for $4.99 and you will have access to more features such as choosing custom floor plan colors.
Using 3D camera technology and laser scanners, Floored scans rooms, apartments, and houses and then builds a customizable and interactive 3D floor plan model. With the interactive floor plan, you can then move around parts of the room, or add in furniture or walls without any plug-ins or apps.