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iPhone app for home buyers stores pictures, finds neighborhood info

If you're going to an open house or to see a home on the market, don't forget your iPhone. • A free application, Home Selection Assistant, lets users gather, store, rate and share home information and images in a searchable portal. The application, created by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, also offers data on local schools, demographics, comparable home prices and more. • As you tour a home, you can take pictures of the property and create an album for each room, which can then be rated on a five-star scale or further defined with user notes. Content can be synched with iTunes for access on a home computer or shared with friends and family on Facebook or via e-mail. • Each time you take a photo, the iPhone's built-in GPS system uploads neighborhood data automatically from Onboard Informatics, including nearby restaurants and shops, community workforce breakdown, housing inventory and stability, crime rates, past pricing and sales on the home itself. • "Consumers want information on a home's community and trusted advice from friends and family before they make a decision on a home," says Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. "Our application brings both, literally, to their fingertips." Times wires

iPhone app for home buyers stores pictures, finds neighborhood info 11/20/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2009 3:30am]

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