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A home away is a touch away


Souma Mukherjee

A new beginning is always challenging, with a bagful of dreams, millions of students migrate to metropolitan cities for the right exposure, education, training & jobs. The biggest challenge is finding a home away from home. Though, the smarter generation is gradually simplifying the world. Today virtually one can easily avail an apartment without much hassle. A smart phone in your pocket can get your desired space. Innovations in terms of quick access; ease of search, renting or buying a property is remarkable.

In the past two years, we have observed a lot of new apps that have garnered attention. Smartphone’s have made the reach very personalized and simplified through these apps. The mechanism to rent your dream home is just a touch away. Currently, technology is infused at every level of the real estate market.

Here are some apps we recommend, thank us later!

CommonFloor: A property search app helps you search property for rent or sale. Post your requirements in a single click and it makes you available to millions of property buyers and sellers. Discover your dream home with the innovations such as 3-dimensional views, locality tours and sky views. Search, filter, shortlist and share your chosen house with friends and family. This free app has features to contact builders, view details, contact owners, agents and property dealers.

99 Acres: Now you can search and discover properties even on the go. It makes extremely easy to search, buy, sell or rent property in India. Users can visually explore apartment, farmhouse, flat, house, builder floor, plot, villa, commercial office, shops, factory through rich photos, attractive videos, interactive maps and many other details. The app also enables users to view photos and videos of society/locality of the selected property. It works quite tactfully and skillfully to provide you with FlatMate, RoomMate or FlatBuddy of your taste keeping the compatibility as the numero-uno factor in searching your roommate who would be “Aap jaisa hi koi!!!”. As a user, you can lay down your requirements and preferences of an optimum roommate.

No Broker: Home rental platform that helps you save brokerage by connecting genuine house owners with genuine tenants directly without a broker.. It lets the house owner list their property for free in 5 quick steps. The tenant can look at the properties with photographs in their preferred locality or near a landmark and see details, amenities, neighborhood and travel distances to shops, schools, restaurants and other utilities.

Nestaway: It provides fully furnished, ready-to-move-in houses at PG rental prices to India’s bachelors. Rentals start as low as Rs 6,000 per month. Every Nestaway home is equipped with TV, sofa, bed, cupboards, washing machine, fridge, Wi-Fi & more and also takes care of all maintenance hassles.

Flatchat: It is one app for all your rental requirements. Whether you are looking to rent a complete house with your family (or friends), or a room in an already settled home, flatmates to share your space with, or reliable tenants you can rent out your beloved house to, even other seekers like yourself to group up with in the search — you will find them all here.

Zocalo: Zocalo lists PGs, shared apartments, and rentals on the web and app. Properties can be filtered by gender, room type (single occupancy, double, triple occupancy) and budget. Zocalo also facilitates the preparation of rental agreements online, and lists all the amenities and details, like timing restrictions. Zocalo also provides a profile on the neighborhood, with photos and reviews from other community members. The company is putting a lot of emphasis on genuine and authentic information, than relying on the crowd sourced information. Zocalo is free for both tenants and home owners.

Homers: is an online broker-free verified property marketplace, with over 4,500 listings in the two cities, it currently operates in. Instead of a brokerage fee, Homers charges users a small ‘trust fee’ for fixing every visit – which can be paid via bank transfer, or at the venue of the visit. is currently offering a discounted trust fee of Rs. 599 for five visits.

From the newspaper ads to virtual home tours, digital is creating a space in reality. Let’s experience it, cheers!!


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