As buying a home is usually the most expensive purchase one makes in a lifetime, it’s important to have all the tools you need to make the best decision possible.
Thanks to the modern technology, these days that includes home buying apps. According to the National Association of Realtors Real Estate in a Digital Age 2017 Report, nearly three-quarters of those searching for a home used an app, mobile or tablet website in the process.
While there are countless options out there, these are apps that every potential homebuyer should download whether searching through the hot Dallas market or homes in any region of the country.
Associated with Redfin real estate company, this app is a map-based interface allowing users to hone in on any neighborhood, tap on one of the listings and view details about the property.
It also allows users to look for open houses in the area, send a message with a listing to their real estate agent and set up all sorts of alerts. The information is obtained directly from MLS real estate listings and is refreshed every 15 to 30 minutes, ensuring that you’ll get the latest, up-to-date details.
By connecting to the company’s real estate agents, you can also view comments and other insights from those who’ve toured the home. One of the best features of this app is “Hot Homes,” which includes homes that have an 80% chance of accepting an offer within two weeks of being put on the market. That’s a great way to determine which you should see first.
While its name may have you scratching your head wondering how it will help during the homebuying process, this tool by HighSpeedInternet.com is a great one for those who have the flexibility to work anywhere, such as remote workers.
As you probably know, location is one of the most important considerations when buying a home. To help you figure out the city that suits you best, you choose the qualities that matter most to you among a wide range of options including affordability, crime rate, political leanings, walkability, weather, and other factors.
You can play around with the combinations until you find a city that appeals to you, and if you already know what area you’d like to live in you can narrow it down by selecting a particular region.
Once you know what city you’d like to live in, you may want to drive through some of the neighborhoods to get a better idea as to which ones are your favorites.
If you find a home you like that’s for sale during the process you can use the Homesnap app. Take a photo of the property, upload it to the app and it will reveal all public data that’s available for it, including interior photos.
It brings up everything that you’d see on the Multiple Listing Service, which is the national search portal for the real estate industry. You can also use it to search for listings, find dates for open houses and more.
It can be difficult to keep track of everything when you’re looking at a lot of homes, which is how the House Hunter app can help. You can use it to organize your photos, documents and notes, keeping them all in one spot.
It features a scorecard that allows you to evaluate and compare homes you’ve toured so you can narrow your search and make the best decision possible.