August 4, 2011 | by Charles West
Believe it or not, Android is home to lots of real estate apps from some of the biggest companies in the industry. Today, LoopNet, an operator of the most heavily-trafficked commercial real estate marketplace, announced the availability of a new commercial real estate search application for Android mobile device users. This app will be available as a free download from both the Android Market or Amazon’s Appstore.
Before its Android launch, LoopNet gained praise for the industry’s first iPad App enabling on-the-road access to active commercial real estate listings and to LoopNet’s larger Property Facts database of 25 million owners, tenants, lenders and tax records. So having it available on the number one platform for mobile phones was a much needed move.
In discussing the move to Android, Mike Manning, vice president of marketing for LoopNet summed it up by saying “Android users are numerous and they are vocal. And now we have an app just for them.”
Features on LoopNet’s Android application include:
- Location Finder: Explore properties in your immediate area using your device’s built-in GPS capabilities, then walk or drive around and explore properties in your vicinity … without having to go back to the office to access a computer or run a listings report.
- Custom Search: Filter results by price, building size and property type (office, industrial, retail, land, multifamily, etc.).
- Driving Directions: Use Google Maps to plot properties or email directions to a client or friend.
This app is pretty cool if your an investor, broker, or tenant, looking to maximize your time with access to listings for all commercial property types — office, industrial, retail, land, or multifamily.
This is much different compared to the REALTOR Android app. In the REALTOR app, users are only able to see nearby residential homes for sale or rent, whereas, the LoopNet app targets a more business commercial oriented user. I’ll have a lot more to say about these real estate apps so stay tuned for my thorough review. Until then, give the app a test drive by hitting our nice green install button below.