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Technology tip: Android app reveals area nuisances

We recently brought you 13 killer Android applications and recently discovered another can’t live without app that could make your life as an agent more simple.

Suburb Scout is an Android app that helps buyers or agents locate the negative aspects of a home ranging from nearby landfills, airports, sewage treatment centers and the like. As an agent, there are certain questions you can’t answer based on Fair Housing laws and then there are other questions that are purely speculation or opinion on your part that can be seen as steering.

If you have a sensitive client who expresses reservations over nuisances or asks the inevitable “I just saw a plane, exactly how far away is the airport?” question, you can hook them up with this app in preparation for a home tour, and they might be able to save you time by eliminating homes that they would never consider living in.

We asked the creators of Suburb Scout what their inspiration was for designing this app and Scott Kersey of 9:15 Software said, “I was looking at a brand new subdivision in an unfamiliar part of town. I knew there was a sewage plant nearby but didn’t know the exact location or even the street. I asked the home builder’s salesperson but I could tell they were reluctant to answer and tried to defer. This didn’t sit very well with me, obviously. A few days later, I finally uncovered the location on an aerial map, about 2 miles from that subdivision, even the city’s own website was not very forthcoming about the actual location. This was the original genesis of the idea, a desire to have my questions answered and/or suspicions confirmed.”

Empowering clients in ways that free you from opining or defending is a huge time saver and really a service to the clients themselves. In an era of low trust levels not only of this industry but of information itself, this app fills a need that investors and agents have had for a while as this information is not always readily available.

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We asked Kersey what improvements or features may be added to Suburb Scout, to which he noted that they are “thinking about adding railroad crossings, as that is another nuisance that is hard to clarify unless you are in the area at the exact time one goes by and blasts the horn. Ultimately, I’d like the users of Suburb Scout to tell me what they would like.”

Suburb Scout was very enthusiastic when asked about how they feel about user input or feedback and even showed us that they have a voting tool on the website for anyone to cast their vote for porting Suburb Scout to the IPhone, Blackberry, Nokia or Windows platforms. Kersey said, “If the demand is there, we will build it for additional platforms.”

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Correction: original article alluded to this app being free, however it is actually $1.99. has no affiliation with Suburb Scout or 9:15 Software.

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Stacie Wells

    August 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    My new Droid just came in the mail today. I’m loving your list of apps. Thanks!

    • Lani Rosales

      August 24, 2010 at 11:16 pm

      When you’ve played with some of them, let me know what you think!!!


    August 25, 2010 at 4:14 am

    love this post lani (especially since the maps are from my backyard, Silicon Valley!).

    i wonder why it is callled *Suburb* Scout…was it just for cute alliteration purposes or does it really focus more on suburbs. I only ask b/c San Jose is by no means a suburb, so i was a tad confused.

  3. Jim Gatos

    August 25, 2010 at 5:05 am


    They are asking $1.99..

    Hardly much but NOT free…

    • Lani Rosales

      August 25, 2010 at 11:11 am

      Agreed- it has been corrected 🙂 Thanks Jim!

  4. Charlie Pitkin

    August 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Nice, but it’s not free. It is listed for $1.99 in the market.

    • Lani Rosales

      August 25, 2010 at 11:08 am

      You’re right and the correction has been made. Good eye, Charlie 🙂

  5. Jason Improta - Calabasas Homes for Sale

    August 25, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Cool! There are always lists of app recommendations for the iPhone. Love the Android suggestions. Thanks!

    • Lani Rosales

      August 25, 2010 at 11:09 am

      Perhaps I’m biased because I’m not nor do I plan to be an iPhone owner (unless they ever join evil forces with Sprint who I’ve been with for over 10 years). 🙂

  6. Diana Hoyt

    August 25, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I wish I had an Android phone! They came out at Verizon just after I purchased my HTC Touch Pro 2 – which I love, but there are SO many more apps available for Androids. Still have another 8 months or so before I can upgrade. Pooh!

    • Lani Rosales

      August 25, 2010 at 11:11 am

      8 months will be here before you know it and by then, even COOLER phones will be available!

  7. Megan Barber

    August 25, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Not a free app ($1.99 in the app store), but very cool none the less. I’ve had my Droid for a few months and I am LOVING it. Happy to finally see some recommended Droid apps for real estate since everyone else seems to be all about the iPhone.

    • Lani Rosales

      August 25, 2010 at 11:12 am

      I can’t wait until the Droid app library fills up like the iPhone app library!! That will be cool!

  8. Rob McCance

    August 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm


    Very cool!

    I’ve got a BB and a iPhone. May be time to add a Android.



  9. mooersrealty

    September 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Motorola Devour working well, hanging from the utility belt with the big dark blue “R” on the quick release aircraft metal buckle. The Scout app for a town of 7500 might not be on the stocking stuff list for rural small tuff property peddlers.

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