List of Best Apps to Use When Searching for a Home
Most of us are attached to our phones, and with good reason. We practically have the world at our fingertips. A couple of phone taps and we’re connected to just about anything we could possibly imagine. Searching on the go has become the most popular method of finding information prior to making purchases. It’s only natural that consumers are now using search apps to find new homes.
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), “mobile applications are used by 68% of new home shoppers at the onset and throughout their research.” Having any number of home buying statistics in the palm of your hand makes the process simple and convenient. Realtors have responded by developing a variety of home search apps. We’ve highlighted what we think are the top five.
Redfin Real Estate
Redfin states that their listings are “updated every 15-30 minutes, plus foreclosures, short sales and for-sale-by-owner homes.” Homebuyers can browse Redfin’s photos and instantly book a free home tour with a Redfin agent. Redfin appears to be a giant in the home search mobile app industry. Their app lists an extensive array of popular features – too many to mention here. With a Google Play rating of 4.5, this is definitely an app to investigate further.
Realtor.com claims to have “more real estate and homes for sale nationwide than all other house buying apps.” With this app, consumers can research neighborhoods, home prices, schools and more. Homebuyers can even take a photo of For Sale signs and get instant info directly on their phones. Listings are updated daily, with 90% of listings updated every 15 minutes.
With Zillow, consumers can find homes for sale and rent. This app enables homebuyers to compare “industry-exclusive Zestimate® home values for more than 100 million homes nationwide.” Zillow also includes financial tools to help consumers determine a budget, and find and contact a real estate agent or property manager.
Trulia lets consumers search for homes or apartments by location, specific features, size, price, keywords, etc. Consumers can save and share their favorite homes, and contact listing agents directly. The ability to sign up for instant alerts and notifications when new homes are listed on the market is convenient. Interactive maps are great for viewing traffic info, school ratings, crime stats and more.
Home Scouting MLS Mobile
Home Scouting MLS Mobile claims to be “a serious real estate app engineered for every stage of your home buying process.” They advertise that 100% of their listings are for sale, so homebuyers know they are viewing an entire list of all available MLS properties. They also assure consumers that their app is private and secure, and contains no annoying ads or spam.
These are just five of the most popular and convenient home search apps. Trying out two or three apps will help you decide which one is right for you.
Use one that we missed? Tell us about it.