Maybe your real estate agent is at your every beck and call, or maybe you’re a home buying pro yourself. But regardless of how attentive your agent is, or how many homes you have bought in the past, there are still many components of the home buying process that fall outside of simply finding a house you like and making an offer. We’ve compiled a list of the best apps for your Android or Apple iOS device to help you navigate through the home buying process with a little less chaos and a lot more organization.
Dictionary of Real Estate Terms (iOS, Android) – Unless you eat, sleep and breathe real estate, it’s nearly impossible to know what every real estate term means. The Dictionary of Real Estate Terms allows you to input words such as “abstraction approach,” so your eyes will look a little less blank when it comes time for contracts, negotiations and closings.
HomeFinder.com Real Estate Android app (Android) - The free HomeFinder.com Real Estate Android app was built on homebuyer feedback and offers quick, easy home searching on the go. Homebuyers can simply stand in front of a house for sale, open the app and immediately access the property details via the app’s geolocation feature. Also, homebuyers never need to save their home searches, due to auto-syncing functionality from app to desktop.
House Hunter (iOS) – This tool tracks and organizes all the data from the houses you have visited, and uses its unique scoring feature to track and compare these houses based on your own criteria. It also lets you to prioritize home features, take notes after you’ve visited each property, take and store photos, track your must-have items/missing items for each property, and share these lists with your real estate agent.
Wikihood (iOS, Android) – This app gives you full disclosure of what’s really going on in the neighborhoods you’re considering for your new home. The app will automatically pull up Wikipedia articles related to the geographic location of your phone, giving you an inside look at schools, history, and public transportation options.
AroundMe (iOS, Android) – A house is only as good as the neighborhood where it’s located. The AroundMe app lets you quickly find the location of and your distance from necessities such as restaurants, pharmacies, movie theatres, hospitals, self-storage facilities and banks.
Walk Score (iOS, Android) – A great app for city dwellers, Walk Score tells you what parts of the neighborhood are most walkable, and gives walking directions to your desired location. It uses GPS, so you don’t need to enter in any addresses. Walk Score rates each neighborhood up to 100, so the higher the score, the more walkable the neighborhood.
SpareFoot (iOS, Android) — This mobile self-storage finder is a fast way to find, compare and reserve a storage unit on the go. Self-storage is an ideal solution for home sellers during staging, and helps you stay organized while moving. This is a mobile web app with no download required, so simply visit m.sparefoot.com and add the page to your home screen.
Mortgage Calculator Pro (iOS, Android) – Within seconds, you can calculate your would-be monthly mortgage payment. This app lets you factor in insurance, property tax, and monthly fees such as the HOA costs, so you can determine the accurate monthly payment on your new potential home.
Houzz (iOS) – Once you’ve done the hard work of finding the house, now comes time for the fun part of decorating (well, “fun” is subjective). The Houzz app is a comprehensive source of design and decorating inspiration, including over 350,000 original photos from design pros, the ability to sort by room, style and more, and the ability to save your favorite photos to your own idea books.
While these apps can’t buy your house for you, they will help to eliminate much of the confusion that comes with the home buying process. Be sure to download several or all of these great resources as you embark on your new home search.
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