Gone are the days when searching for a house meant sifting through a stack of real estate publications and the ‘houses for sale’ section of your local newspaper. With the age of smartphones in full swing, apps make it easy and fast to find the perfect house in no time.
However, before you delve into your house hunting search, you will want to ask yourself, “How much house can I afford?” With an app mortgage calculator, you can estimate your home affordability which will provide you with an excellent place to start house hunting. Now let’s take a look at some of the best apps for buying a house.
Redfin has an app that is an excellent choice to use when looking to buy a house because its interface is map-based, making it convenient to literally zoom into any neighborhood. The map shows all of the homes currently for sale in that area.
You just tap on the home you wish to look at, and the app lists the specific features of that property. Another great highlight of Redfin’s app is the “Hot House” feature. Redfin uses an algorithm calculation to determine houses that have an 80% chance of accepting an offer within about two weeks after it goes on the market.
The Zillow app has an extensive list of features that truly make this one of the best apps for buying a house. “Zestimate” is a platform that uses algorithms to verify the value of over 100 million homes.
The Zillow app also lets you sort homes based on the size, price, etc. and view them in the order you choose. Zillow also has a useful feature that sends you alerts, such as homes that are sold, when a house price decreases, and new listings as soon as they become available.
Trulia is a handy app for buying a house, as it tells you about specific features of a home, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, when the house was built, and any upcoming open house dates. Concerning neighborhood information and specifications, Trulia is the leader of house-buying apps.
With a GPS system, it shows you the local crime statistics, schools, and even syncs with Yelp to show you the best (and worst) neighborhood restaurants, gas stations, and local shops. You can also find a real estate agent with this app.
Here’s another choice as one of the best apps for buying a house. Homesnap is a highly interactive app that virtually allows you to ‘snap’ a picture of a house, then it provides you with information about it.
For example, you can obtain data about the interior of the house, the sales history, neighborhood information, and send the picture directly to your real estate agent. You can actually send the picture to anyone, for their opinion about it, whether they have the Homesnap app or not. Return messages go to the app’s message thread.