Have you ever stopped to think about how technology has made life, in some ways, so incredibly easy? With it, we have all of the world’s information at our fingertips and we could have almost anything delivered to our doorstep. With technology even searching and buying a home has never been easier. Here are our 8 essential apps for the modern day home buyer.
Zillow is a public search engine that helps you navigate the market area. Rising to popularity with their ease of use and the famous (maybe even infamous) Zillow Zestimate, Zillow has become one of the most visited real estate sites out there.
You’ve found a home you want to buy! Congrats! How are you going to pay for it?
BankRate’s app is here to help with a mortgage calculator and updated average US rates. With these two tools combined, you can easily find 15-year fixed, 30-year fixed, and 5-year adjustable rates.
For the past few years, HomeSnap has been making waves with their ability to provide information on a home just from a picture you take. Snap a picture of a home on your phone, upload it to the app, and it’ll tell you the home’s estimated value, specs ( # of bedrooms & baths), and if it is for sale or not!
Disclaimer: Yes someone on the team has tried it and yes it is fun to use but after a bit more digging there is no photo recognition software used, just good ol’ GPS.
The WalkScore website/app is a personal favorite! It helps you figure out how walkable all of your favorite shops, bakeries, and parks are from your potential house! Ranging from a score of 1-100 this breakdown of scores from their website explains it all.
Daily errands do not require a car
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
Most errands require a car
Almost all errands require a car
A wonderful way to know which school district your potential home will be in, GreatSchools takes your location and shows you the different schools around you, the districts they belong to, and how they rank against other schools in your state!
This ingenious app lets you know the demographics about the neighborhood you might move into, such as median age of residents, median home values, educational background, etc. And because the data is powered by the Census Bureau and the American Community Survey, you can trust that this data is sound.
Know what is around your potential home! From gas stations to movie theatres to hardware stores, this app tells you how far away they are from you, complete with information & reviews! But you already knew that.
For those home hunters who are out solo but need to confer with another about this major decision. This app allows you to stitch together photos that you have taken of the property to create a 360 degree view, allowing the viewer to be fully immersed in what you are seeing. Perfect for those couples who go to showings but both can’t be there.