Augmented reality real-estate app tells you if your dream flat is haunted

If you’ve ever wanted to know if the flat you’re buying is haunted, now you can do it with an augmented reality real-estate app.

No, really!

Apps developer Spacious says the latest version of its real estate app provides users with an augmented reality experience of searching for “ghost apartments” in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China.

The new feature, which Spacious says was influenced by the successful Pokemon Go app, marks the first time AR has been used in conjunction with an apartment search feature.

Why ghosts?

In Greater China, the company explains, if there is an unusual death in an apartment or house many believe it is haunted and considered bad Feng Shui because the ghost of the deceased still occupies the residence and as a result, it can sell or rent for a substantial discount to the market rate.

Spacious decided to provide this data on potentially haunted locations to its users. Property searchers who believe in ghosts can use the app to know which flats to avoid. Those that don’t believe in ghosts can use the same haunting data to locate apartments that may be priced below the market value.

When a user is near a haunted location, ghosts actually appear in the AR interface, alongside apartment listing information, explains Spacious CEO and founder Asif Ghafoor.

“Using our app you can now walk around town find listings overlaid on the real world so you can visualize your new home and see that additional level of insight into what it would be like to live there,” he said. “In addition, we also added the ghosts around town so you can catch them using your phone if you fancy some exercise.”

Ghafoor said that in the wake of Pokemon Go, the Spacious team was able to develop its AR interface in only a few months.

Android users can obtain it via Google Play and iPhone users via the Apple App Store.

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