Finding the perfect home requires more than a good a real estate agent. Today’s savvy home shopper is much more involved in the search. From scouring online lists and daily emails of available homes, and, of course, the all-important drive-by to scope out the neighborhood before the realtor even arranges the first walk-through. Armed with a smart phone, those in the market for a new house can save a lot of precious Saturdays by researching prospects from the comfort of their own couch.
Even more importantly,these apps let you access information from anywhere. So, if you happen to see the For Sale sign go up while driving past your dream home, you can be the first to pounce. If you’re on the hunt for a new home, don’t miss these must-have real estate apps.
Real Estate by Zillow – Homes & Apartments, For Sale or Rent
One of the primary advantages of Zillow is that it’s compatible with a number of different platforms. It utilizes multiple search filters, such as homes for sale, homes for sale and even rentals. It also offers either a manual search (type in the information) or a hands-free voice search feature. Icons make it extremely user-friendly and easy to contact the listing agent or to save the data.
Realtor Real Estate – Homes for Sale and Apartments for Rent
The Realto app has in-depth options for refining searches and filtering the results. The app’s comprehensive property listings provide plenty of the detail and even allow you to make notes about the house for future reference. Save your favorites and organize them later by rating. As one might expect from Realtor.com, contacting the seller’s agent is simply a tap away. If you’re really excited, you can also share the listing via email or social networks.
Real Estate – Homes for Sale, Apartments for Rent
Trulia offers a variety of search features, including by city, price, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, provides pictures and many more additional optional details. The app also provides information on local schools, gas stations and restaurants. Real Estate properties with QR (Quick Response) codes make retrieving information on this app even more of a breeze. One of Trulia’s exclusive features is its movable map, which allows users to find and select available properties by toggling the map and updating preferences directly from the location on the map.
Real Estate by Redfin – Search Homes, Condos & Houses For Sale
Redfin Real Estate is a top notch house hunting app. It’s intuitive to use and provides full access to information without setting up an account. Backed by the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), the apps has up-to-date information about available properties and nearby open houses. If you do have a Redfin account, you can use the app to sync information about your favorite listings.
WSJ House of the Day
Based on Wallstreet Journal’s popular daily feature, the WSJ House of the Day app gives users an up-close tour inside sprawling estates, luxurious mansions, historic homes and urban renovations nationwide. It includes amazing slideshows of featured houses with a behind-the-scenes look of all the best design details, architecture and immaculate landscaping. Share the most beautiful properties with your social circle or save it within the app to look at again later. While this app may not exactly help you find your next home, it can provide the inspiration to keep looking.