I'm a bit of a technogeek. I've had various smartphones ever since they've existed, and before they were even very smart, like, about 7 years or so. At the beginning of August, my last phone contract loosened up enough for me to get a new phone and I got ... an iPhone. This phone has changed everything. I don't need a separate GPS any more, I don't need a separate MP3 player. I will never get lost again. This phone (and apps) does stuff I've been hoping for for years.
In addition to being a technogeek, I'm a bit of a real estate geek. When I was living in sketchy Cleveland neighborhoods in the 1990s, I avidly followed which houses were for sale, for how much, how long, etc, etc. When I was trapped in hotel rooms in the middle east in 2007-8, I looked up real estate listings as a way of daydreaming about being anywhere but by myself in a hotel room in the middle east. (Note that the Cleveland neighborhood, Ohio City that was so sketchy then is now the hottest place in the city, or at least one of them. It's older than Cleveland, beautiful old, well-made houses and based around a farmer's market that has been there for around 100 years. Also note that the line from me daydreaming in the middle east to the remote acreage I own now is pretty bright. As soon as I came back to the US and found a job, I bought the closest thing I could find to what I had been daydreaming about.)
So here I am, this morning, driving to work.
About 40 minutes into the drive, I cross the Hudson River, still shrouded in fog. It's the lowest thing around, and the last to burn clear. I'm only a few miles from work now.
Here's the wardriving part. Realtor.com has an iPhone app uses the phone's GPS to show nearby houses for sale and link to the listings. In the phone pic below, I'm the light blue dot in the center of the pic (stopped at a red light). It's SO easy to stop while I'm driving through an area and see how many homes are for sale, for how much and for how long. There's a Zillow app that shows home values for nearby homes, too, so I can see values for homes not on the market.