Begin Again: Start This Year’s Search for a Home With These 4 Apps
Let Your Smart Phone or Tablet Do the Heavy Lifting for You
Hunting for a new home can be a breeze, but it can also be a real test of your patience. And, while the difference may come down to the market you’re searching in and the relative availability of the type of home you are hoping find, at least you aren’t forced to put your house hunt solely in the hands of a real estate broker these days.
Thanks to the Internet and a host of websites like Homes.com that are built expressly to help you find your dream home (or at least your right-now home), it’s never been easier to participate in the process of finding your next place. And, to make the process even easier, try out one or all of these top-rated apps for your smart phone or tablet.
Homesnap runs a pretty standard, basic Internet real estate listing site, but its companion app is something entirely different. Using the GPS in your phone or tablet, the Homesnap app can give you the basic details (last sale date, sale price, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms) of any home you take a picture of with your mobile device. Then it can show you homes in the area with similar features that are actually on the market currently.
2. CO Everywhere
Like Homesnap, the CO Everywhere website is not going to be of tremendous use to you in your house hunt. But their app may just keep you from making what looks like a good purchase that turns out to be unlivable. CO Everywhere’s app allows you to get the dirt, good and bad, on the immediate community surrounding any address you throw at it. After all, you’ll have to leave your dream home for supplies at least once in a while.
Bankrate’s mobile app puts a mortgage professional right in your pocket or bag. Get instant rate quotes for your dream home right while you’re looking at it. No more waiting to find out you can’t get qualified for that much house just yet.
4. Credit Karma
And, while we’re talking about rates and loans and credits, Credit Karma’s app may just be the coolest personal finance app available for smart phones and tablets. The app can deliver easy to understand instant credit reports and custom insights, along with tools to help you understand your current situation, and tips on how to improve it. Best of all, it also provides you with free credit monitoring, to safeguard your score.
Join the Growing Trend
According to estimates released by the National Association of Realtors, 92% of prospective homebuyers began their process online. More than half used mobile apps like those listed above. And, 82% said that websites and apps provided “very useful information,” while only 78% said the same of their Realtor.
So, take heart, you have the Internet working for you alongside an agent and the power of mobile apps in the palm of your hand. This house hunt should be a breeze.
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