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New Apps, Websites are Offering to Help You Manage Your Housing Society

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Websites are offering to help your Housing Society Management.

* Every time a housing society meeting is scheduled or the maintenance costs revised, Dilip Chachra is alerted by a mobile app called ApartmentADDA. This really helps because he’s invested in a flat in Vashi and lives in Colaba.

* In Chembur, residents of Sindhi Society can now access even 10-year-old documents with a single click. They outsourced their documentation to a start-up called Zipgrid, two years ago.

* Pratik Gems Housing Society in Navi Mumbai has transformed its visitor log into a digital interface accessible to every resident, via an app called Smart Gorkha

From security to record-keeping, new housing society management services are making things easier.

Some offer offline services only. Others operate through a website or customizable app, almost like Uber, for the CHS.

“From calculating a penalty to ensuring cashless transactions, the service we enlisted has helped us manage everything efficiently,” says Sachin Jha, treasurer at Ram Niwas CHS in Powai. “We no longer have to spend hours every week trying to sort through paperwork and dig up old records.”

Don’t kick yourself if you didn’t know these services were out there. Few housing societies in the city do.

Last week, in fact, event organizer Intellize Expo put together a first-of-its-kind Housing Society Management Show in Worli, precisely to spread the word.

“We did this because barely 20% of the 200 societies we surveyed across Mumbai knew that there were professional services to help them manage things,” says Intellize director Dilip Raghavan. “There are service providers and management services across 40 categories, from surveillance to sanitation. Some of them will take care of every detail, from plumbing issues to getting the fruit from your trees plucked and distributed.”

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Society Run, launched last year, is a customizable mobile app that offers over 30 features exclusively for housing societies. “We have notice boards and polls to move decision-making online; we list vendors that residents can approach. We aim to automate the working of a housing society,” says founder Ashish Waykar.

Others, like the three-year-old Zipgrid focus on mainly digitization, getting all your data and documents in one place, online, with secure backup.

Apartment ADDA, launched in 2014, helps you create a centralized database of flats, residents, vehicles, accounts, staff, CHS assets and vendors, on an app.

It also serves like a WhatsApp group for the housing society.

“Through the ADDA App, you can have discussions with neighbors, share photos, conduct or participate in polls, receive updates from the Society office and form hobby groups,” says co-founder Venkat Kandaswam.

“Society income and expenses have become very transparent and easy to track because of the SocietyRun app,” says Hemant Buddhivant, 31, part of the managing committee of the Midori Tower CHS in Pune. “Because of the online poll, we need not waste time at the meetings. If an issue is small, it can be resolved online.”

Sindhi Society, Chembur, meanwhile, took more than two months to install its virtual documentation system. “The society is vast, with over 650 houses, so the process of collecting documentation and uploading it all was a bit of a hassle,” says Kumar Tahilramani, 35, a businessman and resident. “But it was worth it. We can now access any document with a click, from anywhere.”

The Marble Arch housing society in Andheri installed Smart Gorkha and eliminated the need for guards altogether. “With the system, we get information about any visitor in real time and worry less about the security of the building,” says Krutika Shah, 30, a homemaker.

Some CHS members attended last week’s event and left with the distinct feeling that they were missing out.

“We still follow the paper filing system for all our records, and we have stacks of housing society documents going back to its formation in 1948,” says Aditya Chandavarkar, a resident of Karnataka CHS in Matunga. “We find it difficult to access the ones we need and now we’re definitely thinking about digitization.”

Source:  Hindustan Times

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Appoint Housecraft App For Your Interior Designing Job

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Do you have a knack for interior designing? Did you always dream about being an interior designer but could never really get a head start at it? Is your home in a dire state for a revamp? Do you like to change your interiors often?

If your answer is yes then we have the perfect solution for you. The answer to your prayers is the refreshing Housecraft App. The app is available only on iPhone App Store for free.

It is a fairly easy app that can be used to design any interior living space with the choice of several pre-fed furniture and décor items. You can use your phone’s camera and watch the power of augmented reality to place fully rendered 3D models anywhere in your world.

For example if you want to redo your living room. All you have to do is open your phone camera and scan the room. You would be surprised at how accurately it takes measurements. It then lets you drop all the furniture you can think of. You can resize each object so you can customize it according to your room. Plus, you can admire objects from any angle, in any light! Once you achieve a set-up that you like, you can save it for later reference.

The app is a break through at many levels. To start with you design your own home and test it on the app so you can actually see the outcome of your design. For people who like to mix and match and change décor items on a regular basis can use this app for better visualization of their ideas. It is easy to save room configurations and try them out anywhere. Thus great help in apartment hunts, reorganizing a room, testing how new furniture will look, and more. With their video recording feature you can share your creations with your friends or family.

Also Read: 5 Real Estate Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

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5 Real Estate Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

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5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

The real estate sector is one of the biggest contributors to the country’s economy. It is no wonder that the sector is booming with newest technologies that are changing the age-old industry norms and raising industry standards. Here are five tech start ups that you need to take note of:

NESTAWAY

5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

If you have ever faced a rental problem and most of us have, this is the thing that you need. NestAway is India’s home rental network for singles that offers rental solutions via latest technology and best design.

Founded in January 2015, NestAway is an app that lets you find, book, pay, move-in and out of a rental home anywhere in India. They basically manage both parties in a rental situation and turn unfurnished houses in to furnished homes and offer them at affordable prices on sharing basis. Deepak Dhar, one of NestAway’s four cofounders, says “It’s a new concept for owners and a solution for tenants. Plus we’re solving the youth housing crisis of upwardly mobile urban migrants in cities.” It began in Bengaluru and today is spread in 9 metro cities of India.

Website: nestaway.com

NoBroker

5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

A Bangalore based real estate search portal, NoBroker eliminates broker and directly connects flat owners and tenants. Founded in 2014, NoBroker claims to work on the basis of technology that identifies and abolishes brokers. Started as a rental platform, they have now forayed into brokerage free buy/sell property as well. They verify each listing to make sure they are owners and no middlemen. They offer maximum information in the most accessible format, thus saving you time, money and energy to actually go physically hunting for house.

Website: nobroker.in

SmartOwner

5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

Find the biggest market for investors here; all the opportunities that you won’t find on general market. SmartOwner brings forward some of the carefully curated investment opportunities from the fastest growing cities in India. Projects are vetted by law firm after meticulous checks. It verifies all the listing to make sure the pricing and specifications are in line with the market trends. Thus it offers well calculated risk and returns. People benefit from the curated high-return opportunities.

Website: smartowner.com

Approach

5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

Approach helps you to conveniently and accurately manage scientific data which enables you to grow your business strategically instead of hit and miss methods. Real estate is a growing sector and it needs such solutions where management can take accurate decision based on solid data. Approach lets you manage your inventory from any location. Cloud telephony lets you track all your campaigns and calls from anywhere. Automated SMS and Email Marketing allow you to connect with your audience and also offer in-depth analytics of click-rate and subscriber activity. You can now even calculate the returns on investment from all your media spending and campaigns.

Website: approach.one

GrabHouse

5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

Established in 2013, Grabhouse is a no broker website that helps people find flats, flat mates and tenants quickly and without much effort. It is the first venture that is a 100 percent broker free house renting platform. It is able to achieve this by using powerful technologies that allow stakeholders to enhance their business. Their target group lies between 18-28 years; they are mostly students or young professionals who are looking for decent places to stay while saving a buck. Even on-ground assistance is provided after lead generation for a nominal fee.

Website: grabhouse.com

 

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Alibaba Now Enters Housing Rental Market In China

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Alibaba Now Enters Housing Rental Market In China

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, signed an agreement with Zhejiang province to use the company’s technology in order to build an online system for house rentals. As per the agreement, this system will include all the apartments that are put up for rent by an individual, government, developers as well as agents.

The Xinhua news agency reported that the Hangzhou City in Zhejiang province will be able to use this application to seek houses on rent. The website by Alibaba will help people at every stage of the procedure, right from searching for a home to apartment contract signing and later payments.    

Han Junqing, director of Hangzhou Real Estate Registration Center, said, “Information on apartments, user reviews, and credit ratings of owners, renters, and agents will all be shared.”

The system is called the Smart House Renting System and will be supported by Alibaba’s technology, data, and commerce credit system. The government sources have revealed that it can prevent fraudulent deals.

At present, the housing rental market in China is dominated by real estate agents, and fraud and disputes are not uncommon in all the major cities. There are big real estate players with their own apps however that information is not shared with others.

People seeking homes for rents often have to refer to different apps and compare their offers as these companies lack the Zhima Credit from Alibaba subsidiary Ant Financial’s which is a much more mature credit system.

The government of China is prioritising the rental market’s development to rein in runaway home prices in the country’s big cities. The Central government chose Hangzhou among the first 12 cities to take bold reforms to boost the rental market.

Also Read: Technological Solutions That Are Helping The Commercial Real Estate Industry

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