has updated its application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, which for the first time includes an augmented reality feature. is billed as a leading property website, promising a comprehensive search facility for house-hunters to find a home - both sales and rentals.

The free application uses the iPhone's camera to provide an augmented reality view of the user's location. Properties for sale or rent within a half-mile radius are detected by and plotted on a compass. The properties then appear on the screen as 'labels' and users can see the distance to the property, its price, number of rooms and a thumbnail photo.

Users can tap on a 'label’ to see more details and call through directly to the relevant estate agent. Property hunters will also be able to look at all the available photos of a property by holding the phone in landscape mode explains

The application contains details of over 750,000 properties for sale and rent.

"Technology is revolutionising the house-hunting process. The Internet gives you access to huge amounts of information about an area, from council tax levels to crime rates, before you move," said's Chris Boorman.

"Google Street View lets you see what an area looks like without leaving your desk. Now our app lets you find available properties nearby as you walk around - and even call the estate agent to set up a viewing straight away."

"We believe our new app is the best property app out there. It provides the best experience for property hunters and the augmented reality feature is incredibly easy to use."

Available from the Apple iTunes App Store, Search App is free and requires the iOS 3.0 Software Update or later.