07 May Phone Apps That Make Home Buying Easier
Buying a new home is definitely not the easiest thing in the world. Some decisions are clear and simple, but others are pretty confusing. Phone apps are a great tool for homebuyers to take advantage of – plus they’re free! (Most of them.) Here is a list of some great ones to check out.
Around.Me Real Estate focuses on location. It shows you places you use in your daily life like banks, restaurants, gas stations, and hospitals. The listings aren’t perfect – like most generic Internet searches you might get a gourmet cheese shop, or something else “close but not quite”, when searching for a “grocery store,” but overall it’s very helpful.
Try downloading a Real Estate Dictionary. Some of the lingo might be new to you if this is your first time buying a home. Look for one that will give you concise definitions, and that are inexpensive if not free. Also try downloading a mortgage calculator. Many are available and free and they will help make more educated financial decisions.
The House Hunter app tries to remove some emotion that goes along with home buying. It lets the users rate properties on a scale from 1-10. Then it takes your ratings and calculates which property fits you best.
Houzz is an app that gives you ideas of what to do with an awkward corner or part of a room in a house you’re looking at. It includes more than 200,000 photos and you can search by room, style, and neighborhood.
Trulia offers you a lot of listings to look through. On the iPad version users can compare what properties were listed at and their selling price. On the Android users can use a voice-based search by city and type of home.
Wikihood will help you pick the perfect neighborhood. It also has info that real estate agents aren’t allowed to tell you. It uses Wikipedia and Google Maps to gather info on a specific area.