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9 Great Property apps
We've picked our favourite property apps for buying, renting and sprucing up your living space.
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In theory, you could research, buy, finance and furnish a property entirely on your phone. While we don't recommend this, property apps take some of the stress out of buying, selling, investing, renovating and renting.
Here's a list of some of our favourite property apps, in no particular order but grouped around specific uses. All have been selected based on how useful and unique they are. And they have to actually work as intended (plenty of apps promise more than they can deliver).
The biggest property search website in Australia, REA also has a very well-designed app that lets you search properties listed for rent or sale.
The ability to easily filter your options by price, number of bedrooms and property type, plus the ability to save searches makes it an easy stand out among listing and search apps.
You can also build a collection of properties that you've followed. That's helpful if you want to keep track of sales in an area or if you've been to a lot of auctions.
Domain is just behind REA as a destination for property searching and its app offers everything its biggest competitor does.
The Domain app does give you a little more suburb information at the end of each listing. REA has that information too but it's a little more visible on Domain.
Choosing between the two apps largely comes down to a matter of preference. Most agents list on both, although it's possible you might miss out on a couple of properties if you don't use both.
CommBank Property app
Australia's biggest bank has a really good banking app for customers with bank accounts, cards and loans. But its property app is really good too.
It offers the ability to search properties, powered by Domain's search tools (although the layout isn't quite as nice as Domain's app). CommBank combines this with a suburb insights panel and the ability to sort your property finances. This means that you can search for properties and budget for your property purchase, calculate your repayments and estimate your borrowing power all in one place.
The app is also filled with educational articles on each step of the property buying process, so it's a very well-fleshed out app, especially for new buyers who need some help.
Soho is a proptech startup that puts a unique spin on property searching. It's a network, rather than just a listing site. Soho calls itself "LinkedIn for property". You can follow agents, get lots of insights from industry experts and find properties through traditional searches or through its card-style matching system.
For people who have a home and want to restyle or renovate it, Houzz offers invaluable inspiration. Houzz provides inspiration for home owners with photos, videos and guides covering every possible nook and corner of your house. You can search by style and budget as well, making it possible to look at "traditional kitchen" inspiration on a budget.
The app lets you shop for furnishings and decor, plus it connects you with tradespeople, architects, landscapers, gardeners and designers.
This isn't exactly a property app, but it's a great option for property owners who need some work done. Airtasker lets you post jobs and set a rough price. Then people (called "Taskers" in the app) reach out to you with offers to do the job.
Taskers have reviews and ratings from previous jobs, allowing you to sort the good from the dodgy. You can also specify different types of jobs requiring different kinds of workers, be they plasterers, electricians, carpenters or more.
While you probably wouldn't use Airtasker to remodel your entire kitchen, it's a great app for small, specific jobs.
This free app lets you plan renovations by creating detailed 2D and 3D floor plans. You can create surprisingly detailed models of what your new room or house will look like. And the app is quite user-friendly and doesn't require you to master any complex technology.
Rent.com.au functions as a kind of one-stop-shop for renters. Like the big property apps, you can search for rentals on the app. But unlike your Domains and your REAs, which really feel built for buying and selling first, Rent.com.au is only for renters.
The app lets you create a renter resume, which is like a tenant profile. It's a good way to let landlords and property managers know who you are and you can save your details to make applications faster.
There's even a pet resume option to showcase the best of your pet (and hopefully convince a reluctant landlord that your pet is not a problem). The app also offers a rent check that lets you verify your ID and access a finance option to borrow and pay back your bond in installments (just be aware that the bond loan comes with interest charges).
The Finder app
We can't end this without recommending our very own Finder app. It's not a property app, it's a financial management app. But it is very useful if you're saving up for a home loan or you already have one and want to switch to a better one.
The Finder app gives you insights into your spending and saving and shows when there are cheaper options available. You can also check your credit score through the app, which makes loan applications easier.
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