RE/MAX recently released a very nifty little property-search tool for the smart-phone savvy. The RE/MAX home search mobile app is extremely user-friendly, so that even the not-so-tech-savvy of us can maneuver it easily.
When you open the app, you’ll see a list of options, including “See Nearby Homes,” “Search Anywhere,” “Find an Agent” and “Find an Office.”
Click on “Search Nearby Homes,” and you’ll see all the listings nearest your location, in a scrollable list. If you’d like to refine that search (by price or distance, for example), you can do so. Click on one of the mini-listings (which include a photo, the price and a brief description), and you’ll see a more complete listing. Click on the listing’s “See All Photos” tab, and you can scroll through each available photo in either portrait or landscape format.
To see the nearby listings in a mapped format (my favorite), simply click on the small “Map” icon in the upper-right-hand corner, and the available properties nearby will appear on a map as bright red pins. Click on a pin, and the MLS listing for that property appears. Pinch the screen to zoom in or out and get a broader or closer perspective.
Need directions? Scroll further down the listing, and you’ll find both a map and a mapped route to take you there from your current location. Want to save the listing? You can do that too. You can also pull up recent searches you’ve conducted to review at a later date. And if you find a listing you really like, you can email it to a friend or family member to get their feedback.
If you want to do a more general search, click on “Search Anywhere.” That brings up a list of options, including searching by MLS number, by city, state or zip code, by property type or price range, by number of bedrooms or baths. Once your list of options is revealed, you can switch to the map format if you prefer.
The RE/MAX mobile app is available for iPhones and Androids (it also works on iPads). You can download it from the iphone App Store or the Android Marketplace (aka Google Play), or you can download it at www.remax.com/mobile-apps/.
If you’d like an actual person to help you in your Central Oregon property search, don’t hesitate to contact me directly, by phone or text, at 541-480-0987.
About the Author
Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE, is a Central Oregon-based real estate professional who specializes in listing and selling homes, especially in Sisters, Tumalo, Bend and Redmond.