7 Real estate apps you need in your life when searching for a new home

Searching for your next home, be it a rental or purchase? Here are seven apps to help you make the most of your search on the go:

  1. homesnap-appHomesnapHomesnap (free) uses your location to find homes on the market around you. You can also narrow down your search by type of home, price and number of bedrooms/bathrooms. The app also allows you to instantly call or email the listing agent for more information.

    Cool feature: Take a picture of any home you’re interested in, and Homesnap will give you details about the home, including an approximate value.

    “The app also keeps track of the history of your snaps, to help you remember the houses you’ve seen. This feature serves a two-fold purpose: one, to help consumers recollect their searches, and two, to help build up a crowd-sourced database containing pictures of homes.” — Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

  2. mris-closeitMRIS Close It! — Curious what your downpayment and monthly mortgage will look like for that house you just have to have? Grab MRIS Close It! (free) to calculate those figures on the go.

    As a buyer, just enter the list price of the home, the type of loan you’re using, the down payment and interest rate and poof! You’ll see the amount of money you need to bring to the table to purchase the home and what your mortgage payments are.

    MRIS Close It! also allows you to view the Closing Disclosure (the new HUD-1), where you can view the different items you can shop around for and what comes standard.For sellers, quickly calculate what you’ll net from the sale of your home after closing cost credits, commissions, mortgage payoff and more.

  3. realtor-apprealtor.com Real Estate — My personal fav is the realtor.com app that sources from the MLS (the database where homes listed with companies are listed), with 90 percent of the content updated every 15 minutes and all other real estate and rental listings updated at lease once per day. Plus, you can see the schools, restaurants, shops and other points of interest around each home.

    Find real estate property listing details that include price, sales history, property tax, school information and more, along with Open House times and driving directions to homes for sale listings on your iPhone and home value estimates for off-market properties.

  4. dwellrDwellr — Powered by the U.S. Census Bureau, Dwellr (free) provides neighborhood-level statistics on topics such as home value, education and how people get to work so that you can explore where you want to dwell. This is a great tool, as agents cannot discuss demographics of areas for fair housing reasons.
  5. Houzz — Houzz (free) can help you plan and dream your home renovations with more than nine million interior design photos, home decor, decorating ideas and more.
  6. snapshot-showroom-appSnapShop Showroom — Ever wondered what that gorgeous leather sofa at Pottery Barn would look like in your family room? Now you can, with the free SnapShop Showroom (free) app. Browse the list of vendors, choose a piece of furniture and point the camera where it would be located. Instantly, you will get a visual of the furniture piece within the room.
  7. iHandy Phone — The one tool everyone has in their pocket is their phone. The iHandy Level (free) is a remarkable tool. No more reaching for that heavy level or trying eye-ball it. Hanging pictures or shelves level is now easier than ever with the iHandy app.

Which real estate app is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. 

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