But do you also need a fancy cellphone?
As I write in today’s Journal, real estate brokers and software firms are rushing out all kinds of applications, or “apps,” designed to turn the Apple Inc. iPhone and other smart phones into essential tools for home shoppers.
There’s plenty of gimmickry in this sphere, of course, but there are also some useful functions. Smart phone apps combine access to information from the Internet with global-positioning technology. So if you find yourself in a new and alluring neighborhood and wonder whether you could afford to live in it, your smart phone may help provide the answer. By using home-search apps, you can find out which homes are for sale in your immediate proximity without having to type in addresses or ZIP codes. You also can find out which nearby homes have sold recently and at what prices.
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