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      Looking for an open house? There's an app for that

      It could soon get a lot easier for home buyers and renters along the Grand Strand. The Myrtle Beach Realtors' Association and the Coastal Carolinas Realtors' Association just unveiled a new app that will give users listings and information for homes on the market with a single swipe of the finger.

      Nate Johnson, Government Affairs Director at the Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors, was responsible for coming up with the idea.

      "When I was going around driving around my GPS on my phone was my key thing, so I was kind of thinking you know if we had an open house app that was tied to the GPS that also was tied to local, local, local," Johnson explained."Once you download it you have the opportunity to put in the information that you're looking for. You know, two bedroom, two bath, price range and what's you put that information it will literally from your GPS, it will literally know what open houses are around at that time."

      Although it's still in the process of being developed, Johnson added that the free app is expected to be released sometime in June and will be usable on all Apple and Android devices.

      The app is expected to be helpful tool, not just for prospective buyers, but for real estate agents like Jamie Broadhurst as well.

      "I think the benefit to the industry and to the public is that the Chamber comes into contact with so many people and so much of the public in such a rapid manner, so it will be a good exchange of information," explained Broadhurst, Owner of Century 21 Broadhurst in Myrtle Beach.

      Johnson said the app will not track data from people who upload it, just the number of people who upload it, so there should be no privacy concerns.

      So far, neither a logo nor a name has been created for the app.