Which way is north?

Every weekend at open inspections there are a couple of questions that we get asked.

  • Which way is north?
  • where does the sun go?
  • Why do you agents have open homes at the same time?
  • How do i get to... next open home?

I normally point out which way is north and where the sun supposedly tracks however there are a couple of useful apps that I stumbled on during last weekends opens.  

Your Iphones built in Compass:  I think we all forget about the compass and possibly we think it's only for when you're out hunting but there is a modern application for this device.  Finding North (and I wont go into where true north is) but it's a good app to use.   

Kiwibank Home Hunter:  This weekend a young couple pointed out a Kiwibank App called Home hunter.   Now the idea behind it is to help people find homes, you can search for homes and get a conditional mortgage approval.   But the best part of this app is the sun locator.  it tracks with your camera where the sun would be in relation to where you are standing, a brilliant piece of technology.  you can even change the time of year to see where the sun is in winter... In Auckland not much!

Waze, Yip the new way to get around open homes.  Waze calculates a short, traffic free route (well it tries to) so that when you running between open homes that are in the same half hour slot... maybe waze can get you there!  You also can warn other users about speed cameras.  Waze also rewards you for your input.  

Realestate App, It's always good to review open homes, but how do you remember?  Checklist within the app lets you take photos, and make notes about the properties you have visited.  I hear more and more people talking about these features at open homes.

Trademe property app, This stuff is specific to iphone.  Obviously you can save to watchlist, toggle to map view, however a wee while ago they added SOLD.  which shows you the last time the property sold and what it was sold for.