Best Real Estate Apps

Best Real Estate Apps

Posted 09/15/2015

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Technology. It’s all around us, influencing our behaviors, shaping industries and propelling us toward new frontiers. That notion is especially evident in today’s housing industry, where consumers are showing up in the digital world to search for listings, calculate mortgage costs, decipher real estate terms and research locations. And it’s not just a few savvy shoppers, either.

In fact, 90 percent of homebuyers searched online during their home-buying process, according to a recent study from the National Association of Realtor. The study also revealed real estate-related searches on Google grew 253 percent over a four-year period. And now, mobile technology has flooded the market, allowing buyers to use specific apps during every phase of the home-buying experience. With so many tools to choose from, how can anyone really know what’s right for them?

Here are just a few of the apps designed to assist with the home search and buying process:

Zillow: Offering a live database of more than 110 million U.S. homes, Zillow is the leading multi-listing service app. It serves the whole lifecycle of owning and living in a home, from buying, selling, renting, financing and more.

Homesnap: Like many other real estate apps, Homesnap is great for searching home listings, but with an added feature. Buyers can snap a photo of any home in the nation and receive instant property details, including home values, school ratings, similar listings and more.

AroundMe: Finding the perfect location for your family is just as important as finding the right home. AroundMe identifies where you are and shows you a list of nearby businesses and attractions, complete with distances from your current location. Whether looking for the nearest coffee shop, hospital, hotel or restaurant, this free app will find it and give you GPS directions.

Dictionary of Real Estate Terms: The real estate industry is a complex one filled with its own language of terms. Keeping up with each term can be nearly impossible. For $3.99, this app puts more than 3,000 real estate terms in the palm of your hand, allowing you to confidently make offers on, finance or close on a house.