It’s important to utilize all of your resources when you are looking to purchase a home or move to a new city. Technology has advanced tremendously in recent years and there are several apps that can make your home search easier than ever. The challenge is figuring out which ones are quality and which ones are a waste of time.
Today I want to share 7 high-quality home search apps that you should familiarize yourself with in order to have the best experience possible.
Select the iPhone or Android link to download and try the apps yourself!
Homesnap – Take a photo of any house in the nation and receive details about it. You can find out things like sale price, square footage and year build just by snapping a quick picture. iPhone /Android
Meetup – If you are moving to a new city and aren’t sure how to meet new people, Meetup is a great way to find others with common interests and hobbies. Just search for activities that interest you, show up and start making friends! iPhone / Android
Yelp – If you want to find out more about the businesses in your new city, try searching through Yelp. Find locations and directions to shops, gyms, movie theaters and restaurants. Not sure which one to pick? Residents share their experience-based reviews letting you know their opinions on things like ambiance, customer service and product quality. iPhone / Android
Mortgage Calculator Plus – This is a great app for buyers who would like to see an estimated mortgage payment before they proceed with applying for a loan. It’s updated with daily averages for 15 and 30 year fixed rates (among other mortgage options). It also has lots of additional reading material for the researcher in the family. iPhone / Android
Realtor.com – Though popular, apps like Zillow, Trulia and Redfin can often leave you empty-handed. In a hot market the homes listed on these apps are often already sold once you find them. Realtor.com enables its app to pull directly from MLS (Multi Listing Service) giving you the most up to date and available home listings in your area. iPhone / Android
Credit Karma – In this previous article I talked about the importance of knowing your credit score. While Credit Karma may only show two of the three credit bureau ratings (TransUnion and Equifax), it will give you a great idea of how much credit karma (get it?) that you have built up. iPhone / Android
Nextdoor – Once you’re in your new home, connecting to your neighbors through Nextdoor is a great way to keep up on the happenings in your neighborhood. You can find out about neighborhood safety, upcoming events, buy and sell used items and even ask to borrow a cup of sugar if you need it! iPhone / Android
This short list can help you find a great home and settle into your new surroundings with ease. What apps are you using and why? Leave a comment.