Buying or selling a home can be a long and intimidating process, especially for first timers. From choosing an agent to asking the right price to hosting an open house, there are many things to consider.
Continued advances in technology and the increased use of mobile devices are changing the home buying and selling process. According to the National Association of Realtors, 50 percent of home buyers use a mobile website or application in their home search. To facilitate your real estate experience, we’ve listed the top mobile apps for buyers and sellers.
- MLS Apps: These apps help you search the local MLS (multiple listing service), which list all the current properties for sale. Use your city and state or zip code to find homes in your area that fit your preferences by filtering for price, lot size, square feet, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, features, etc. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, most real estate agents recommend Realtor.com.
- Zillow Mortgages: The best way to determine how much you can afford is getting a customized mortgage quote. Using an app allows you to do so without unwanted phone calls or emails. This app asks home buyers to fill out a short form that requires no personal information. Potential buyers can then receive today’s loan quotes quickly and compare offers by mortgage interest rate, APR, monthly payment and more.
- Homesnap: Snap a photo of any home nationwide to get instant and accurate property details including home values, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, similar listings and more. If a property is currently on the market, you may also be able to view interior photos through Homesnap. When you are ready to sell, the app can be used to contact a real estate agent or to add your home to the listings.
- AroundMe: The AroundMe app allows home buyers to check out prospective neighborhoods by identifying their location and its surrounding attractions. While viewing a home, users can quickly discover nearby businesses such as gas stations, banks/ATMs, coffee shops and restaurants along with their exact distance from the property.
Redfin: Created by real estate agents and data scientists, this app provides sellers with a 12-point plan to get the most out of their real estate experience. Redfin supports users in figuring out how they can help sell their home faster, for more money and with less risk. From calculators to videos and reviews, this app covers the entire home-selling process.
Homebuyers and sellers often feel overwhelmed and confused by the real estate process. Now, before even contacting an agent, you can use apps to start researching available properties in your area, learn more about the market and to help feel comfortable with the options.