Buying a home can be a lot of work for you, the home buyer. There are many steps to navigate through, leaving you feeling overwhelmed. With the assistance of a licensed real estate professional to guide you through the process, we’ve found there are many tech apps available to choose from to make the home buying process easier on you. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite apps here. Download them onto your smart phone when you begin searching for a home and reference them as often as necessary.
Home – By Fannie Mae, a trusted authority in the housing industry. This app is useful for it’s financial calculators and tips to prepare financially for a mortgage. You can estimate the maximum house price you could afford and the monthly mortgage payments. You can even estimate potential savings on future mortgage payments. There are lots of free articles, videos and tools for home buying here.
Homesnap – Powered by Realtors, find your next home on this app. Snap a photo of any home to reveal home value estimates (be sure to consult a licensed real estate professional for the most up to date localized home values), interior photos, history on the MLS, home sale statistics, home statistics, such as bedrooms, baths, taxes and school ratings. You can search for homes by school zones and by satellite imagery and save your favorite homes on this app to send to your Realtor for a viewing.
Video/Panoramic photos – Use your smartphone’s video and camera features to do the memory work for you. It’s always best to see a property at least twice, if possible, prior to making an offer to purchase on it. To help you remember the home’s that stand out to you later that evening while you’re at home decompressing about all the homes you saw that day, make an amateur walk through video. You can easily look it up on your phone to help jog your memory and decide if you want to go back for another look or cross it off your hot list.
House Hunter – This is an all inclusive app to assist you in keeping track of the homes you view and determining whether they fit the type of home you’re looking for, with a unique scorecard. Organize all of your house data, including pictures and notes all in one place.
roOomy – This app is perfect to use for measuring rooms and virtually placing furniture in the room to help you visualize the maximum potential for a home’s space. Take a picture of the room and it will be turned into a 3D space where you can add furniture and accessories. This app is especially helpful when you are looking at vacant homes to purchase.
Offer Up – This app is like visiting a garage sale without getting out of bed early on a weekend. This is the biggest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers. Sell your stuff here before you move. Shop around and find some great deals on new items you’ll need for your new home.
Angie’s List – When you move into your home, whether it is a fixer-upper or if you just like doing home improvement projects, Angie’s List is a place to find great companies for all of your house remodel needs. There are hundreds of categories to help you compare landscapers, handymen, roofers, plumbers, electricians and more. You can shop for services here, for maintenance items such as painting, house cleaning, carpet cleaning, yard work. Members give reviews and insights on service professionals, allowing you to research companies before hiring.
Houzz – An inspiring app for home design, this app is full of beautiful photos to inspire your new home design projects. It also has a huge selection of furnishings, accessories and lighting available to purchase with Apple Pay. Connect with a contractor, designer or landscaper through the app to lend you a helping hand.
HussarRealEstate.com – I’d be remiss if I skipped this one! Check out HussarRealEstate.com on your mobile phone to search the latest home listings. Sign up for New Listing Notifications, to receive the homes for sale, the minute they are put on the market for sale! You’ll be the first to know about listings and price changes, delivered straight to your inbox!
With these apps in hand, you’ll be in great shape to begin searching for your next home!
For more great tips, check out our Seller’s Guide Series.