QR Codes for Real Estate – If have an iPhone, Blackberry or other Smartphone, and are looking for an app to help you search out real estate in Calgary, you have come to the right place. In case you hadn’t noticed, on March 1st, 2011 I implemented a QR code on every page of my website. It looks like this.
REAL ESTATE SEARCH TOOL APP
Many of you will have this code up and running in under a minute but for the rest of us, read on.
In order for you to read the QR Code, you will need to install a QR Code Reader first, onto your Smartphone. Scanner software for smart phones is After installing a QR Code Reader onto your device, simply point and click. The code will be translated in the format the designer intended.
The QR code shown above takes you to a handy little real estate app which will run one time allow your to search by a number of different criteria. Alternately, for convenience purposes you will probably want to install the link onto your phone as an icon so you can easily access it in future.
When you first access the QR Code, you should be presented with a screen similar to the one as shown below. You do not have to add the app to your desktop for it to work but you will probably want to so that you can use it anywhere when you see a home you are interested in.
To install the icon onto your phone, click on the arrow as shown, and select “Add to Home Screen”, and then press “Add” It’s as simple as that. Unfortunately due to the wide range of Smartphone operating systems available, and depending on the browser you have installed, your screen may not look exactly the same so you will have to use the appropriate interface which is supplied with your Smartphone. To my knowledge you will only get the prompt if you are using the Safari Browser which almost comes standard with most Smartphones, but there may be workarounds. I have found that with iPhones at least, tapping on the icon indicated in red will usually take you where you need to go to install.
Once installed you will be able to do a number of handy searches. Here is a list of the features:
- Search nearby properties
- Search properties by community name
- Search properties by MLS® number
- View Featured Listings
- Contact Me
- Visit my real estate Facebook business page
- Visit my real estate Twitter profile
- Visit my real estate LinkedIn profile
- Visit my real estate YouTube profile
A few words about the community Search. In addition to being able to search for town and country, cities and towns, and out of province listings, you may also search by zones, as follows:
- Inner City
- Zone A – Mostly Northwest
- Zone B – Mostly Northeast
- Zone C – Mostly Southeast
- Zone D – Mostly Southwest
The fields are a little out of order, and I am working with the developer to improve on that.
If all of this highly technical stuff bores you to death and you just want to buy some real estate, all you need to do is pick up the phone and call me.
Whether you are looking to buy, or sell real estate, I’m sure that you can appreciate that these valuable tools are quickly becoming very popular among young buyers who enjoy having all the necessary information at their fingertips in order to help them make an informed decision. The days of the real estate listing phone book is over! RIP.
The best time to call is during office hours wherever possible.