What's New in v1.1 - Out Now!
Find Homes, the real estate part of the app has had major improvements and additions. In the rating a home part of the app we have added a new feature we’ve wanted to do from the beginning but we put it aside to let it all soak in, as there were a lot of features already. So let me tell you a bit about the top 3 new features and enhancements.
1. Find Homes
Now, you can search property listings via maps spatially. Type a suburb into search window or just tap onto “the locate” me button to find properties around you. The green bar at the top holds your property filters and our unique property orientation filter. We wanted these to be only a tap away so you spend most of your time focused on the area of the map you’re searching. Tapping the list view button shows only properties that are in map view. So if you zoom into particular area you will only see the details of those properties and not have to go through properties that aren’t you area of focus. Also new here is the addition of property listings from LJ Hooker. Coupled with the new Find Homes is the new Sort Order feature.
2. Sort Order
Most people who have seen this say how smooth this feature is. To sort is typical but we thought it much better to sort and order your priorities when searching through properties. You drag each sort priority to get the order you want and here’s the really smooth part; tap on one of the priorities and it it will change from first to last. i.e. Date (Oldest last) changes to Date (Oldest first).
Sorting by EER & Orientation
At the top of the list is an option you may not be familiar with - the EER rating. It stands for Energy Efficiency Rating and is mandatory for properties sold in ACT. It’s an assessment of thermal performance of a house a bit like the Passive Solar design section of Eco Easy Home Rating. The other sorting option that is unique to only our app is the sorting by orientation. Where we’ve been able to gain the orientation of a home you can sort by which way a property faces away from True North in degrees. i.e. From 0° True North to +90°East or -90°West. And if you used the orientation filter it will go as far as the range you have selected.
3. Photos With Direction
To help speed up when rating a home at open home inspections we have added compass readings to the photo camera feature. That way you can go through open homes take photos of which way a house is facing or particular rooms are facing and do your assessment later when you’re sitting down with a cup of coffee. It should also help you with gather information on the windows in each room.
We first came up with Photos with direction idea back in January this year as we were nearing complete of v1.0. I’m really glad that we held back as we have expanded this feature to become it’s own app “Solocator”. Visit the Solocator website for more information or just download it from the App Store or Google Play.