If you’re in the market for a house, chances are you are turning to your smart device for help. Today, there are numerous real estate applications available for download that can make your homebuying journey far more efficient and productive than ever. Here are a handful of incredibly helpful apps that I’ve come across recently.
Home Search Apps
Most home search apps pull listings directly from the MLS and plot them on an interactive GPS map. Generally, listings won’t vary between apps. However, there are some key functional differences between the major real estate apps. Realtor.com boasts that it offers the most listings and has the fullest geographic coverage. Zillow’s app shows you the estimated worth of any home including those not on the market. Redfin’s app has a friendly, easy-to-navigate interface but isn’t available in every city. Homesnap allows you to take a photo of any house and see how much it’s worth. And Lovely is a great app for finding a rental.
Real Estate Tools
The process of buying a house is filled with real estate terminology. For $1.99, you can download the Dictionary of Real Estate Terms app to look up terms and decipher jargon quickly.
You walk into the house of your dreams, but can you afford it? Use the Home Buying Power app to input price, down payment, desired payment, loan terms and interest rates to determine how much house you can afford. And no buyer should be shopping for a house without the Mortgage Calculator app handy. This practical calculator steers you through the financing of a home by calculating rate, monthly costs, price per square foot, and amortization schedule.
Use Wikihood to get a tour of the neighborhood you desire. This app can shed light on a neighborhood’s history, community info, culture, and identify companies in the area. The Safe Neighborhood app gives users access to the National Sex Offender Registry so you can quickly determine if a home is located in a safe, family-friendly area. Around Me is a fun, valuable app that calculates the distance to nearby banks, coffee shops and other community resources.
Home Tour Resources
Photo Measures is an app that lets you take pictures of a room and record the dimensions of that room to the photo. This app is additionally helpful in that it refreshes the user’s memory on the various homes toured. And ColorSmart is an app developed by the Behr paint company that can apply different paint colors to the photo of the room you just took the picture of, and help one visualize the house repainted to your taste.
There are many more apps available to assist people on their homebuying endeavor. Surely with all these incredible technological assistance, your dream home is right around the corner!