Over the past few years, tech companies such as Apple, Windows, and Google have been focused on going mobile. Computers are getting thinner, smartphones are getting bigger, and tablets are becoming more and more popular. The phrase “there’s an app for that” applies to pretty much everything now, including real estate. With so many app options out there, we have created a list of what we think are the top 5 real estate apps.
Of course Zillow is number one on our list. This top-rated site/mobile app has every resource that a buyer could need, making the process much easier. Search for homes and rentals by price, neighborhood, keywords, and more. Save your favorite homes and get notifications when prices change, new listings appear, scheduled open houses, or they are sold. You can even find a real estate agent through Zillow who will provide you extra eyes and ears in the market.
This app is neatly organized and also available for the Apple iWatch. Available for iOS and Android.
Because Zillow is such a great company, they also created an app that can help you figure out and understand your expected mortgage. By inputting the price of your desired home, the down payment that you plan on making, and a few other details, Zillow can estimate what you will be paying each month. Using the mortgage rates feature, you can compare APRs, fees, monthly payments, and more from hundreds of different lenders. Find the best lenders in our area through the “call lender” function. Current homeowners can also use this app to help refinance your home.
This is a great tool to have handy when searching for and buying a new home. Available for iOS and Android.
This unique app has been called the Snapchat of real estate. Just snap a picture of the home you are interested in and Homesnap will search through the MLS listings to provide you with instant information (pictures, home details & value, listing agent, etc.). The app also reports data on property tax records, census data, similar listings, and more. Homesnap even has tools for agents and brokers to use. Send messages from the app, see agent rankings, and keep a history of your snaps to refer back to.
With an easy-to-navigate layout and variety of useful tools, this app is perfect for both buyers and agents alike. Available for iOS.
If you’re selling your home and don’t want to hire a Realtor, consider using SQFT. The app walks you through the process of listing your home (pictures, details, asking price, etc.) and lets you upload the listing for free. Buyers are also able to use this app to find and purchase a home without the help of an agent. All negotiating and paperwork can be done wherever and whenever you are available. If you do need some help from an agent, SQFT provides them for a fee of 2%.
This is an interesting option for both buyers and sellers. Available for iOS and Android.
Planning on selling your home or doing some renovations? Houzz is the perfect app. When you sign up, take a short quiz to let Houzz know what sort of projects and styles you are interested in. Then, scroll through the endless list of room designs, nifty products, and lovely furniture to get inspired. If you are renovating or updating a specific room in your home, you can browse by department for ideas. The site also provides a list of professionals to contact for renovation help. Houzz also lets Realtors upload their profile for free.
This mobile-friendly site will become your go-to app for everything involving interior design. Available for iOS.