Nowadays it seems like there is an app for everything and there definitely is. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that there are actually a lot of apps out there that can help you while you are buying or selling your home. I’m sure at this point you are wondering how much these apps could genuinely help you out.
Well, I’ve searched the internet and personally tested numerous real estate apps to see how handy they would be in my imaginary quest to buy a new home. So here is what I found.
Top Apps for Buying or Selling your Home (in no particular order)
To start things off, I cheated a little and used an app for a website I was already familiar with. The app is really user-friendly and helpful. As I dreamed of owning this $9M dollar home, I stumbled upon a lot of great features this app has to offer. Some of the most helpful things I discovered are:
- Search nearby home sales
- Look at properties currently on the market (you can search by GPS, zip code, or select an area on the map)
- Compare your Home’s price per square foot to others.
- You can create a list of favorite houses and receive notifications about price changes or availability.
- You can list your own home up for sale.
Overall, I think Zillow is a great asset to someone’s home buying or selling process.
2) Around me:
This is a great app to use when you are moving and have to become acquainted with your new neighborhood. This app uses your GPS location on your phone and tells you exactly what is around you. Need a supermarket? It will show you where the nearest locations are. Want to go out to a restaurant? It will show you what your nearest options are. Once you select a place, this app can even supply you with directions, customer reviews, and contact information. Now that I’ve discovered this app, it’s staying on my phone forever.
This app is an organizer’s dream. It’s like Apple notes for the 22nd Century. If you have a busy day visiting multiple houses, you can use Evernote to jot down your favorite or least favorite qualities. You can also attach pictures and voice memos directly to the note. My favorite feature of this app is that you can draw pictures directly onto your note, but I’m not sure how helpful that will be in your home search. But who am I to say?
Overall, my screenshot of my shopping list doesn’t do this app justice. You can make this app a very successful part of your home search.
Have you ever noticed a beautiful home while out somewhere and wondered how much it cost? Well, Homesnap is here to help with that. All you have to do is take a picture of the home and this app will pull up all the information you ever needed to know. This is an awesome app, I had so much fun playing around with all the different features. This app will tell you what the estimated home value is, what it last sold for, what it is currently selling for (if it’s on the market), any price changes, give you an estimate on property taxes, and show you nearby schools. It does not get any easier than that. This app is a great asset for you whether you are buying or selling a new home.
5) Homes.com Mortgage Calculator:
Here is a handy app for anyone thinking they might be ready to buy a home. This app calculates what your monthly payment would look like based on the price of the house. It’s a great way to see what price point you could afford, for example, this app told me I have zero chance of owning a $5M home right now. (pictured above) What a shame. Some other handy things you can do in the app is to see the debt to income ratios, calculate different interest rates, and even be connected to a mortgage broker to get pre-qualified for a loan if you wanted too.
6) Realtor.com Real Estate Search:
I think the biggest difference between Realtor.com’s app compared to Zillow’s app is that listings are all from agents instead of homeowners. For example, in the same search area Zillow showed me more home listings than Realtor.com did. The difference is that Zillow’s listings were posted by homeowners, so they wouldn’t appear on Realtor.com. The listings are all very professional, accurate, and up-to-date which is perfect. You can search by zip code or location and the app will even tell you about schools in the area. This is a solid app to use if you are serious about finding a new home.
7) Houzz Interior Design Ideas:
This is a really cool app for not only potential buyers and sellers but for homeowners too! If you are trying to redesign or renovate your home to sell this app is packed with 7 million+ design ideas for inspiration. If you see something you like, this app can also connect you directly with the home improvement specialist near you who can help you make that dream a reality. If you are feeling like a DIY project, you can also browse millions of products to use in your design. This app is a great addition to anyone’s app collection if you ask me!
8) Magic Plan:
Magic plan is a great app if you need to put together a floor plan for your home and don’t want to spend the big bucks to have one created for you. To create a professional floor plan all you have to do is walk around your home and take pictures of each room. While you are taking pictures, the app constructs a scaled outline of the room that you can drag and drop to the proper location on your house. Don’t believe me? Check out this video which explains it a whole lot better than I probably just did.
So hop on your phone and start exploring! Your dream home might just be at your fingertips… literally.
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