We look at five property-related featured apps to download right now
WORDS: FRED FELTON
If you want to stay ahead of the real estate game in all of its facets, downloading the right featured apps is essential – they have innovative tools to help you with just about anything regarding property. Here are our five favourites.
Apart from the usual range of features, such as banking and payment options, on this featured app you can also apply for a pre-approved home loan through its Home-Buying Toolkit. Other services include three free reports with information on the value of properties, and prices of residential real estate in the various suburbs. Moreover, Nedbank Money also has a chatbot assistant named Enbi to help you with any other queries you may have. “Nedbank has long recognised that we have a responsibility to be more to our clients than just a bank,” says Nedbank Retail and Business Banking executive Stelios Vakis.
AVO BY NEDBANK
Another useful option is the e-commerce featured app Avo by Nedbank, which allows you to purchase groceries, electricity, airtime and data, and even order takeaways. It also offers deals on buying appliances, electronics and home décor items. And, if you need a verified home service provider to do work around your home, look no further! There are even holiday travel packages on offer via its digital mall.
This well-known featured app is essential for landlords who want to supplement their income, like owners of bed & breakfast establishments, and need a portal to connect with prospective local and international guests. According to their website, Airbnb was founded in San Francisco in 2007 and since then more than 4-million hosts have welcomed about 900-million guests into their homes. Hosts also have the opportunity to customise a variety of unique local experiences for their visitors from around the world.
If you are looking for an app to simplify all your property needs – this is it. You can browse nearly 1-million adverts on Gumtree and its instant messaging option allows you to chat to prospective buyers, sellers, tenants, landlords and service agents on this featured app. You can also easily upload images of your property, whether you are selling or renting, and it has a handy search function to find properties in your area. Since it launched in 2005, Gumtree has helped millions of people buy and sell all kinds of items. Another useful function is their free keyword tool, which helps to make an advert more noticeable. Some of the most popular property keywords are: “pet friendly”, “rooms for rent” and “flat to rent”. Buying online, for the most part, is safe. Just take note of these tips provided by Gumtree:
- Use your common sense when doing transactions.
- Be careful of scams.
- It is best to do your transactions face-to-face, especially where money is involved.
- Negotiate any deals in a safe and public place.
- Avoid doing transactions that seem suspicious.
- Never reveal your personal information.
- Always report any suspicious activity.
Private Property is one of the most popular apps in SA and lists properties for sale and to rent by developers, banks, private owners and real estate agents, all across SA on this featured app. Instant notifications of the latest properties are also available on the app. Other features include: filters, such as pet-friendly properties, an option to share your property finds with friends, family or other investors, and a monthly bond repayment calculator. You can even search for properties in your specific price range. Also, if you are looking for a bargain, Private Property lists a wide variety of repossessed properties accompanied by quality images or videos. ”Better management of your money and/or property is at the heart of these apps,” says Nazareen Ebrahim, CEO of Naz Consulting International.