It can prove to be a challenging task to locate your ideal home here in the UK, especially in the current economic climate. That said, there are numerous services and tools available to help you filter through properties in regions across the country. One of said services is Zoopla (www.zoopla.com), which has launched on Windows Phone.
You're able to search, research, save and be the first to hear about new property you're interested in. If you've used the website before, you'll feel right at home with the Windows Phone app. Contacting local estate agents regarding property is also possible, ensuring the mobile experience is both smooth and functional. What's more is that it's a decent looking official app.
Zoopla not only covers new homes for sale, but also flats and homes for let. Regardless as to which county you're searching in, Zoopla will have some results for each query with over 95 percent of the country covered. Then you have commercial properties, if everything we've covered already was not enough already.
So why would you want to use this app? Think about a property you like and you want to have a look around the immediate area to see what's happening in the local community and to browse where public services are located. With the mobile app, you're not restricted to your home computer, and with good ol' GPS you're able to see exactly where other listed properties are in relation.
There's the option to sign into your Zoopla account, should you wish to do so. This makes it possible to have search preferences synchronised and favourites saved. You can then log into the service from any device and look through favourites and past searches. Alongside the GPS feature is Google Maps integration (we'd prefer it if HERE Maps were used, but that's just us).
For an initial release, the official Zoopla app for Windows Phone is a sweet little offering and we look forward to see what the team will add in future releases. You can download Zoopla Property Search from the Windows Phone Store for free. Note that this service is region restricted and focuses on UK property search.
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