Shopping for a House? Check Out These Apps to Simplify Your Search
The search for your next home doesn’t have to take a lot of legwork. The latest apps for homebuyers make it easy to search for houses in your ideal areas and within your price range all while getting tons of info about the property. That can help you make fast, informed decisions early on in the home buying process.
3 Listings Search Apps for Homebuyers
Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, you’re leveling up, or you’re downsizing with your next house, these apps can make you a savvier shopper by showing you exactly what’s out there, so you’re not wasting your time and energy — and so you don’t miss out on your potential dream home!
Get access to the latest listings, as well as “immersive photos, virtual tours, and… things you won’t find anywhere else,” with the Zillow app. Along with an extensive database of home listings, Zillow gives you dozens of search filters to help you weed out irrelevant options and streamline your preliminary research into different neighborhoods and homes.
Best for: Up-to-date listings that include “for sale by owner” options and, in many cases, feature previous sale prices
What you won’t get: This app won’t take you much further than the initial research, and some estimates for house values are unreliable.
Also offering an extensive database of listings, the Trulia app is another great option for preliminary research when you’re ready to dive into home buying. Owned and operated by Zillow, Trulia offers a simpler user experience and more information about different neighborhoods. Plus, unlike Zillow, Trulia is more focused on the buyer audience, rather than both buyers and sellers (like Zillow). That’s one reason why the Trulia app lets buyers easily plan open houses and set up certain alerts for shifts in the market.
Best for: Getting a real feel for different types of neighborhoods, with millions of reviews from locals
What you won’t get: You’re not going to get a lot of data on past sale prices or recent neighborhood sale prices.
Giving you access to “the same real-time data used by Realtors,” Homesnap connects you with all sorts of details about listed homes, from lot boundaries, taxes, and estimated property values to local schools, commutes, and easy options to chat with an agent.
Like the other homebuyer apps, Homesnap shares several pictures of houses, inside and out, letting you tour various options without leaving your home. Unlike other apps, Homesnap also lets you simply take a picture of a house to find out its property details, listing info, and more.
Best for: Deeper research into homes and different neighborhoods
What you won’t get: Some features of Homesnap have reportedly been buggy, making them a little more challenging to use.
5 More Help Apps for Home Buyers
Looking at houses is just one part of the home buying process that apps can be incredibly useful for. Outside of that, there can be a lot more to do, consider, and figure out — and these apps can help:
- AroundMe to check out neighborhood features, businesses, and amenities
- School Finder to find public schools near you for children who are 4 and up
- NeighborhoodScout to get matched to areas based on your needs (and based on more than 200 different factors)
- Mortgage Calculator to find out how much you can afford in monthly mortgage payments
- Other mortgage apps, like Rocket Mortgage, Mortgage by Zillow, or GR Loans, to shop for mortgages and/or get prequalified for a home loan
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