If you’ve been wondering about how your Nokia Windows Lumia phone will be able to help you in your property search, you’ve come to just the right place. Here’s a quick review on some of the most promising apps available in the Windows Phone Marketplace, guaranteed to help make your new home hunting an enjoyable experience.
The Fengshui Kua Finder, a free app, is the closest you will get to an actual consultation with Fengshui master on your phone. To get started, you’re asked to fill in your birth date, gender and name, and your “kua” number will be automatically calculated. Once you’ve got this, you can also slide to view your most favorable directions within the app, and read more about what facings to avoid. This app is especially useful when you are looking to position important furniture pieces such as your office desk or bed, as it provides a handy “kua” chart you can refer to anytime you want to plan out the layout of your home. Fortunately, the app also allows you to save the details of your reading, so you don’t have to key in your personal details each time. The app is also chock-full of valuable information such the philosophy about Fengshui, as well as what the significance of your personal “kua”.
Perfect for those planning the theme and style of their new homes, Home Decorator is a powerful creative app tool will allow you to not only take photographs of any space, but also choose different colors from an extensive color pallet for rooms and objects with a single touch. The unique features of this app is especially useful for larger areas such as the living room, as the flexibility of Home Decorator allows you to experiment with a variety of colors for different walls (tangerine orange, anyone?) before you even have to pull out your paint brush!
Rich in features, the Home Affordability app will help you compare your debt-to-income ratio to so you can calculate the affordability of your dream home. It gives you the option of inputting the current interest rate and choosing a 15 or 30 year mortgage before allocating 31% of your income toward your house payment. The app allows you to enter any savings you want to set aside monthly for incidental expenses, so you don’t stretch yourself too thin by taking on too large a home loan. By taking into account all your future income and spending, this app is an essential tool for helping you visualize your current and future financial position before you commit to a housing mortgage.
While searching for a new home, many Singaporeans consider easy accessibility to good food almost as important as the transportation network. To help you scope out the eating options in the area, GuidePal’s “online maps” function will zoom in on your location to let you know where are the closest F&B outlets in the area, shopping malls as well as popular tourist attractions the region. While trying GuidePal out in the Bukit Timah area, GuidePal was able to recommend the Dulukala Peran restautant located at Beauty World, famous for its Beef Rendang and Ikan Bakar, both considered to be one of the best in Singapore. For vegetarians, GuidePal picked up on the Original Sin restaurant in the Holland Road area, well known for its delicious middle-eastern flavored Mousakka. To make things even easier for you, the “call” and “show map” functions make it effortless for you to quickly make a reservation and find your way there in a breeze.
With no registration required, the free iProperty app is the virtual 24-7 real estate agent you always wish you had. You can use the “Find Properties” function to pair you with “for sale” and for “for rent” real estate listings which fit your search criteria.
By taking your requirements into consideration, the app displays a full list of the properties on the market meeting your search criteria. This means that if you are only interested in “4 room HDB flats” in Bukit Merah, that is all you will see. Using GPS, the app determines your position and displays a live map of the nearby listings of properties for rent on sale on the screen.
Want to find out more details of a particular property? The “Call Agent” function allows you to directly call, SMS or email the marketing agent via a direct touch button. Other functions from the home page, such as the Condo and Agent Directories and Property News help to make your property search smooth and hassle-free, making this app a must-have for those serious about being a winner in the property market.