Helping you find an appy home – Catalyst launch first ever HomeBuy smartphone app.

Finding your first home has just got easier thanks to the first ever HomeBuy smartphone app, launched by Catalyst Housing today.

The app lists and promotes affordable homes to buy and rent, across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Surrey. It’s free to download from the iTunes App Store and enables anyone with an iPhone device to instantly access the wide selection of home ownership options provided by Catalyst HomeBuy. An Android version of the app will be available on the Android Marketplace later this month.

The app makes it easy for users to browse and find their new home from the continually updated selection of high quality homes to buy and rent. 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 an optimised search on the app. Non registered users can easily complete their registration straight from their mobile phone.

For each listed property entry, comprehensive details such as photos and location map are provided, and users can directly contact with the participating housing providers with a single tap, for a direct call or to request more information.

A dedicated events section informs users continually about upcoming events such as open days or HomeBuy shows in their chosen area. Using date-driven push notifications users are reminded of new and upcoming events, directly on their mobile handset.

A special section provides information on solicitors and financial advisers that can help with completing a property purchase, listed by region.

Tom Titherington, Director of Business Development and Marketing for Catalyst Housing said:

“Catalyst has always been at the forefront of innovations to help people get on to the housing ladder – we intend to be the catalyst for change in all that we do. This HomeBuy Smartphone app is all about making it even easier for people to find the right home in the right place, helping them build a better future.”

Farhaan Mirza, Marketing Manager for Catalyst Housing added:

“We are extremely enthusiastic about the release of the Catalyst HomeBuy iphone app and are confident that it will further enhance the service that we offer the existing 40,000 plus households that currently interact with the service across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey. With the imminent release of the android version we will be able to service 90 per cent of the smartphone marketplace.”