April 9, 2017

Find a house in the UAE faster using these 5 apps

Finding a place to reside in any busy city like Dubai or Abu Dhabi takes a lot of effort, luck, and smarts and it can be really stressful when you have a deadline (like a first day at a new job or a looming end to your last lease). We rely almost entirely on the internet for this, and if there’s an app for it, all the better. But seriously, what other options do we have apart for Dubizzle?

Fortunately, there are a few alternatives you can use to make your house-hunting just a tiny bit easier.

1. HomeHunt

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HomeHunt is one of the best real estate apps in the UAE, with filters for searching real estate listings according to various criteria (location, price, etc). There’s a lot of different properties to search for like flats/apartments, villas, offices, shops, warehouses, or different commercial buildings in any of the Emirate cities: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Quwain. You can both buy and sell property here and be able to connect with sellers instantly.

2. DAR Property App

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The app has an interactive map of available properties, which includes commercial and residential properties in the UAE. It has multiple search options and search filters, and you can save properties as favorites for when you want to save your favorite options. You can also add and sell properties here, and the app is light, intuitive, and easy to use. So far, it’s only available in Google Play.

3. Bayut 

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The app, available only in Google Play, also has a filter for narrowing down your search depending on location, kind of property, area, price range, and even number of beds. You can also save your property search and categorize your properties as favorites for easier later access. The full list of features is as follows:

– Customize your search using filters like price, location, area, number of beds and more
– Sort your results by area, price, date posted and popularity for a seamless experience
– Scroll through all the images available with a property at your leisure
– Find all the necessary information about a property on one simple screen
– Share a property instantly on your social networking pages
– Send all the details of a property as a message to anyone you want
– Call the listing phone number(s) directly
– Save your searches to come back and have another look
– Mark properties you like as favorites for easy future access

4. Just Property App

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Check out detailed property information published by licensed real estate agents and updated in real time. The app offers the following in their Google Play app page. Unfortunately, it’s not available in iOS.

– 100% of property listings updated instantly in real-time
– Customize your search by location, price, number of bedrooms and date of listing
– Choose the type of search view that works for you. List view offers a quick scan of all the listings that match your criteria, while the Gallery view lets you easily swipe through to see multiple high quality photos of a property
– Essential information to assist your search such as number of cheques, community ratings, map and street view
– Automatically return to your previous search when you re-open the app
– New Property Listing Notification: In-app alert when you return informing you of the latest listings of interest
– One-Click Request: Contact real estate agents, landlords and property managers on the go with just one click
– Sign-in and Personalize your Home Search experience.
– Signup for alerts and keep abreast with the latest listings in the region.
– Receive recommendations on new properties based on your interests.

5. propertyfinder

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It’s one of the most reliable real estate apps in the UAE, with a rating of 4.2 stars out of five in Google Play. It’s also available in the iOS App Store. The app works with real estate agents to bring users accurate property listings with high quality photos. If you’re selling a property, you can personalize the listing through the app and share them via SMS, email, or social media. One of the cute features in the app is the “search near me” feature, so you can search for available properties near you. So it’s like Tindr but for houses. They might disappoint you when you see them for yourself but at least the houses won’t harass you.

Its App Store description lists the following features:

– Full English and Arabic support.
– Filter down to popular cities like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Manama, Beirut and Cairo.
– Search for communities, sub communities, towers and buildings in each location.
– Find plenty of different properties from apartments to villas; from offices to plots of land.
– Customise your property search using filters like property type, number of bedrooms, price, size and availability of amenities.
– Filter your search by property type, number of bedrooms, price, size and amenities.
– Find both residential and commercial properties.
– Find properties with a bird’s eye view using the Map Search feature
– “Search Near Me” lets you discover properties around you.
– Switch between currencies and view pricing on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
– View properties in list view or map view.
– Large, high quality photos of each property viewable in full screen.
– Switch between Standard, Satellite or Street View* modes when viewing property locations. *Street View not available in some locations.
– Contact agents via Phone, SMS or Email.
– Save properties for later viewing across all devices.
– Share properties via SMS, email and social media.
– Apple Watch support: search and view properties around your specific location.
– Full iPad & Retina display support.
– Intuitive iOS navigation.