Home From Phone

Housing association Catalyst HomeBuy has released an iPhone and Android app, showcasing its inventory of homes to buy and rent, across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Surrey. The app, developed by KODIME, is free to download from the App store and Android Market.

Users can view multiple properties on a map and navigate and search by chosen area. Saving search criteria and individual properties allows for offline use. Uniquely, the app enables users who have already registered with the HomeBuy service to use their existing profile information for optimised search results, and for non-registered users to easily complete their registration straight from their mobile device.

For each listed property entry, details such as photos and a location map are provided, and users can directly contact the participating housing providers with a single tap, for a direct call or to request more information. A separate section provides information on solicitors and financial advisers that can help with completing a property purchase, listed by region. There’s also an ‘Events’ section that keeps users informed about open days or HomeBuy shows in their chosen area. Users are reminded about upcoming events through date-driven push notifications.

The app is powered from by the KOMOBILITY platform, KODIME’s web-based software solution. All property and contact data is synced automatically with the Catalyst HomeBuy backend services for instant updates and user interactions, such as registering new users and generating alerts to the respective sales teams.