House hunting can be stressful if you don’t know where to start. Thankfully, knowing your needs and managing your expectations is a good way to narrow down your search. To help you even further, simply turn to your smartphone. There are a wide variety of real estate apps available that are free to download to use on your Android or Apple device that can help you get started and find a home in your area.
Here are the top five mobile apps to help you hunt for the home of your dreams:
Home Scouting will let you view 100% of the available listings of homes near your location. With Home Scouting you can also:
- Save favorite properties
- Share favorites on social media sites
- View complete MLS property details
- Access an agent or loan officer with one tap
Zillow Real Estate
Real Estate by Zillow is one of the most downloaded real estate apps. Can search for homes in an area based on specific criteria like:
- Square footage
- School district
- Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
With this app, you can search for both homes for sale and for rent, homes near your desired school district and neighborhood, and save your favorites.
If you want a real estate app that will track your home preferences, Doorsteps Swipe is for you. Powered by Realtor.com, Doorsteps Swipe has you swipe through homes and Like the homes you love to narrow down your options and see what homes are available. The listings you Liked will be saved as your favorites, which you can share with your friends and real estate agent. For each home you Like, you can see the stats on it including, price, number of bedrooms and baths, square footage, location, and much more.
Doorstep Swipe also offers professional home buying advice to help you avoid common home buying mistakes like overpaying for a home, and spotting home buying scams.
Have you ever seen a house you love and wanted to know more about it? Now you can. With Homesnap, you can take a picture of any house and it will bring up information about it, including:
- Basic interior features
- Sales history
- Market information
You can even contact a real estate agent from within the app to schedule a showing or begin a message thread to get the information you need.
Trulia Real Estate
Trulia Real Estate, expands on Zillow’s search capabilities by grouping homes into specific categories of things that you want in a home like hardwood floors, pools, remodeled kitchens, and more. Since the app emphasizes high-res images, you aren’t left wondering what the home looks like.
In addition, the app has a blog where you can browse real estate articles with home buying advice, interior design inspiration, and more.
Redfin of the Redfin real estate company allows you to get almost instant up-to-date search results of homes for sale in your area. Once a home in your area is put on the market, the app will update within 15-30 minutes with the new listings, letting you stay ahead of the curve. In addition, you can draw or select your desired search areas on their in-app map where you can quickly view photos and details of available homes, Walk Score® ratings, and other information like an estimate on how fast a home will get an offer.
You can also save your favorites, send them to your realtor, and compare homes that have previously sold in the area.
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