Home shopping can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. In this article, we list and describe some apps that make the home shopping process a whole lot easier. Some of them help you find the perfect dream home, while others help you understand the fine tunings of a neighborhood. Either way, these apps give you the power of information, and that is priceless.
1. The Zillow App
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Zillow is an award-winning app with a lot of potential for anyone shopping for a home or property. One of their free features is access to their foreclosure list, which is area specific. The Zillow site and app use a tool called “Zestimates” that projects property value based on current property and market statistics. It’s a handy tool if you want to see if a property may be underpriced or if the neighborhood housing values represent potential gains.
The Zillow app also offers a mortgage calculator so you can gather data while on the site. Their mobile technology platform makes photo viewing perfect for smart devices such as the iPhone 5C. The Zillow App, available for all mobile platforms, makes shopping for a home easy when used with a high usage data plan, like those offered by T-Mobile.
Trulia offers an easy-to-use app; for example, if you have been shopping for a home in a specific neighborhood, it will show you all of the homes in that neighborhood that have a price reduction in effect. That’s pretty helpful for home shoppers looking for a bargain or who are on a strict budget. If you want to look at a lot of houses in an area quickly, this app can help you make a list of the houses that you want to see.
Trulia also offers professional-grade photography that is mobile friendly and best of all, this app works with major platforms such as Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire.
The Homesnap app is an awesome tool for those home shoppers who like to peruse the houses in a neighborhood without a realtor. The app works by utilizing GPS to locate and provide details on any building that you snap a picture of with your smart device. Because of the vast array of public records available, the app is handy for finding all the information a home buyer may want before contacting an agent.
Expect to receive information about when the property last changed hands, selling price, physical details such as layout, bedrooms, lot size, and a whole lot more. Homesnap only works with iOS and Android phones and devices.
4. Magic Plan
Magic Plan does not exactly help you find a dream property, but it does allow you to find the true potential of any property that you visit. This easy-to-use app allows you to measure the exact size of rooms. If you have specific special requirements, simply take a picture of the room and Magic Plan will do its job. It can even help you produce a complete floor plan of homes that you may want to buy.
5. CrimeMapping’s App
The app from CrimeMapping.com is truly handy if you want to know the dirt about any neighborhood or area near a specific property. It was designed to help law enforcement track crime data, but it is also very useful for anyone shopping for a home.
If you want to know about the burglary rate for your neighborhood, this app will show you. If you want to find out about drug and alcohol violations within a specific geographic area around a property, it will show you. The data that this app produces is comprehensive and includes a long list of crime stats, such as homicide, assault, arson, and more.
How many of these apps can you use the next time you want to find out the details of all the homes on your “maybe” list? The good news about all of them is that they are mobile friendly.