7 Top-Rated Mobile Android/iOS Apps That Make Buying A Home Easier
When it comes to buying a home, you want to understand the local real estate trends. When you find a house that fits both your budget and style, you have to move fast. Mobile real estate apps can help you move quickly and guide you to the right home. Here’s a list of the most popular real estate apps that can power your search.
1. Zillow: The Most Popular, and Widely Used -- iOS or Android
Zillow tops the charts as the most popular app out there for purchasing a home. It offers a map overview like the other apps, but also several calculators to help you figure out what your budget is for your new home. You can calculate your mortgage, your debt to income ratio, and even how much refinancing your current home could help save you. Zillow also offers a massive database of over 110 million U.S. homes.
2. Trulia: Data-Driven House Shopping -- iOS or Android
Trulia goes beyond the listing with over 34 neighborhood map overlays to help you understand your new neighborhood. In addition to filtering out listings by size, the number of bathrooms, and cost, you can look at a variety of more precise filters: crime, commute, shopping, restaurants, and even demographics.
See something you like? You can quickly contact lenders and agents through the app, making purchasing your home that much easier. As Zillow owns it, it shares many of the same features.
3. Redfin: Up-to-Date, Budgeted Listings -- iOS or Android
With more than 10,000 customers buying and selling homes on the platform each year, Redfin is one of the more popular apps out there. The app allows you to book tours online and see homes faster (the latest listings populate every 5 minutes). The app gives you an overview of the area you want to live and allows you to filter out results to meet your budget and needs. It also offers estimated home values, so you can see if you’re getting a deal.
4. Xome: Auction Shopping -- iOS or Android
Xome offers a different way to shop for homes -- auctions. If you’re looking to get a great deal on homes repossessed by banks, then Xome will give you access to exclusive listings. The app lets you search for and buy any house from their listings before it enters the general market. Buyers can access rebates at closing.
5. Homes.com: The Most Exact Home for Your Needs -- iOS or Android
Homes.com guides you to your dream home by letting you take a picture of the type of house you love, and then agents will help you find similar homes. There’s also a list of customizable features allowing you to pick what kind of view you’d like, lot type, and other features like walk-in closets and fireplaces. Homes.com aims to help you find the most exact house for your precise needs.
6. HomeSnap: Share Your House Shopping Experience with Friends and Family -- iOS or Android
Imagine taking a picture of a home and seeing its listing. As a top-rated real estate app, HomeSnap lets you do just that. Take a picture of the house, and you’ll see everything the property has to offer along with everything from local schools and their rating for schools to tax boundaries.
The app boasts being the “real estate industry’s national source portal,” using the same information that real estate agents use to sell homes. You can even communicate through the app to friends and family. Message them, and their replies will go directly to your app - even if they don’t have it downloaded. And if you’re interested, the app also allows you to directly reach out and contact the best-suited agent to sell you that home.
7. Realtor.com: Access to Professional Realtors -- iOS or Android
Realtor.com offers an extensive list of houses for home buyers. The official search engine of the National Association of Realtors will help you find the home of your dreams. They can also help you find a real estate agent if you’re looking for one.
Like most other platforms, you can filter by property type, beds, and prices, along with a few different filters. Plus, they’ll give you the median list price in your area, the best schools in the area, and with their Moving Cost Calculator, they’ll help you figure out how much it will cost to slip into your new home.
Rent vs. Buy?
Still on the fence between renting and buying? Check out the NYT rent vs. buy calculator, then download your home hunting app of choice. You got this!
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