The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream HomeThe headlines in real estate today all revolve around one major point: there is a shortage of homes available for sale. Price appreciation
There Is An App For That
According to the Pew Research Center's 2015 study, 64% of all Americans own a smartphone.
If you are a house hunter, you may be wondering which are the BEST apps to aid you on your search. CBS News has compiled a list of the top 10 apps that should be on every home buyer's phone. I have compiled information on a few of them, listed below.
The best way to use these apps would be to do an initial home search, make a list of the houses that appeal to you, and speak to one of our agents who can either show you the houses that you love, or suggest other ones with the criteria you selected.
#1- Redfin: This free app gives you the same information used by real estate agents - on-the-go, like photos, full details, property history and agent notes. It is powered by the MLS and is updated frequently to give you one of the most accurate real estate information on the market today.
#2- Realtor.com: "I find the data on Realtor.com to be much more accurate and up to date compared to other real estate websites," says realtor Michael Cohen of Prudential Advantage Real Estate. "[It] has some useful features. I can tap a button on the app and instantly see all the homes for sale around me." The app also uses your phone's GPS chip to pinpoint your location. The app also makes it easy to contact the listing agent of the property, Cohen adds.
#3- CalcsFree: "Aside from the usual - Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow - I've really found CalcsFree to be helpful," says Dan Vollmer, a full-time real estate agent. "If I'm showing homes to prospective buyers and they want to know how much their mortgage will be, I can plug in an offer amount, the taxes and insurance payments, even HOA fees and mortgage insurance." Vollmer says the free mortgage calculator app is easy to use and provides more than just a standard principal-and-interest payment calculation.
#4- Trulia: The Trulia app tells homebuyers, sellers and renters everything from local market info on median sale prices, details on area schools and crime rates on color-coded heat maps. Our favorite feature on this free app is the price reduction histories of different properties.
#5- Zillow: With Zillow, hunters can search for houses for sale, for rent and more. The free app's database finds properties in the U.S. by address, map or voice search (speak the address), and features Zestimate values for homes. You can also share property finds with friends and be notified when a new property becomes available. Don't forget to "favorite" your top picks to make the decision making even easier. Please be wary of the Z-Estimates on their houses- many times they are very innaccurate. Please rely on a licensed REALTOR to help you decide how much you should list your house for.
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Steve Humphries, Broker & Co-Owner of EXIT Realty Champions, has been in the real estate business since 2004. Collaborating in business and life with his wife and fellow broker, Deirdre Lucey-Humphrie....
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