“There’s an app for that.” Tired of hearing that phrase? Well, don’t knock it just yet. When you’re shopping for a home, you’ll want to know the smartphone apps that will lead you to the next open house. Consider these tips from AOL Real Estate and CNET.
For starters, many real estate websites, such as Zillow*, Redfin and Trulia, have free mobile apps that offer much of the same functionality as the website. You can search addresses, contact REALTORS® and find the estimated value of homes. (Be aware: many websites, such as Zillow, are notorious for having inaccurate and incomplete information. For the most up-to-date information in your area, contact a REALTOR®).
Homesnap (iOS; free) is another tool on the scene. Take a photo within the app when you’re passing by a home to get the list price, square footage, number of bedrooms, heating and air conditioning systems, local schools and estimated taxes.
If you’re looking for a home, in a specific area, try the REALTOR.com Real Estate App (Android, iOS; free) Area Highlighter feature. You can customize the search area by drawing the boundaries directly on the map.
And once you’ve started your search, keep track of the houses and keep a wish list of features you like with Crumb-Tracks (iOS; $1.99). Create files – with notes and photos – for each one.
The Home Buying Power app (iOS; $1.99) can help you calculate your down payment, ideal monthly payment, closing costs and more.
And, if you’re looking to do some home improvements, there’s an app for that, too. Try Photo Measures (iOS, $5.99), which gives you accurate dimensions of rooms and lets you include design notes.
Source: The Residential Specialist, publication of the Council of Residential Specialists. Reproduced with permission of the Council of Residential Specialists.