Nowadays, you can expect an app for just about any area of interest imaginable, and real estate is no exception. Before going out to begin house hunting or even turning your computer on to scroll through countless listings, grab your phone to download these awesome real estate apps that are trending this year. Each app has its own unique features, so you may want to play around with a few of them to get a better idea of which one best suits your needs. The following real estate apps, ranging from virtual open houses to loan calculators, will make your life much easier before meeting with a real estate agent to further your house hunting adventure.
Best Real Estate Apps of 2016:
Sotheby’s International Realty:
Available for Androids and Apple products, the mobile Sotheby’s International Realty app allows you to search for properties in 56 countries all around the world. The app saves you time by giving you driving directions to houses that have caught your eye. If you can’t make it to the actual property, you are able to take a virtual tour. Each listing includes the price, surrounding attractions, and details about the property. It also connects you to Sotheby’s realtors so that you can get more information and be one step closer to finding your perfect house.
Just as the name suggests, this app helps you locate the best schools in your area. By geographically breaking down the school zones, you are able to see which homes make up each specific district. It also compares how a school district lines up with other schools throughout each specific state.
This app is based on creating a fun atmosphere to search through hundreds of homes on the market. It is set up in a manner where you swipe right if you like the property or swipe left to discard it. Your right swipes are then saved in a special folder for you to view later on. Once you’ve swiped through enough houses, the app compiles the data to determine common trends in the houses you have swiped left or right to.
Created by Quicken Loans, this app takes the daunting trouble out of calculating mortgage rates. This app can be used by both homebuyers and agents. It calculates monthly payments if you finance or choose not to, the cost of the loan, and whether you can afford the home. The layout is very clean and simple, so it’s a breeze to use.
It is often hard to remember specifics about each property you’ve seen on your house hunt. This app helps you keep everything straight by saving pictures and notes. It automatically saves the home’s location, too. It’s a user-friendly app that will save you the struggle of having to remember all the details of each property you’ve viewed by storing all the information for each house in one place.
By using information from the Census Bureau, this app can tell you as many as 40 details about each neighborhood. It breaks down the neighborhood’s average age, the housing values, and racial and educational background. It is a great app for buyers with families since you are able to fully understand potential neighborhoods before looking at houses.
Realtor.com Real Estate:
This app is a great place to begin house hunting. Whether you are relocating for a new job or you are a first time homebuyer looking for a house to fit your growing family, you will find many relevant listings. The free app, which updates to add new houses and apartments every 15 minutes, allows you to filter your searches based on your preferences. All available listings include a detailed description and high quality images. You are able to save your searches to view them later on the app and also on their website.
These apps are great starting points when you are considering entering the housing market and will completely revamp the traditional housing hunt.