Helpful Apps for Homebuyers

July 8, 2019 By ,

When it comes to finding and furnishing your dream home, there are (literally) thousands of apps to help this process. Although it’s nice to have such a variety to choose from, it can also be incredibly overwhelming. On average, 50% of homebuyers found the home they purchased online, rather than a traditional method like a realtor or a printed ad.

From local listings to décor inspiration, there seems to be an app for everything. Statista reported that consumers worldwide downloaded 178.1 billion mobile devices. This number is predicted to increase by almost 80 billion by 2022. So, with all of these app options out there, which do you really need?

Buying or Renting a House

Trulia

Trulia is a one-stop-shop for all your house hunting needs. Using the built-in GPS system allows homebuyers to read up on neighborhood statistics. Browse school districts, a heat map of neighborhood crime, or nearby restaurants using the app. Or start by searching for your perfect neighborhood by filtering houses out. The Trulia app tells you the home’s location, lot size, year built, number of beds/baths, and even open house availability. Pretty awesome, right?

While you’re planning and researching homes, use the apps mortgage calculator and affordability cost breakdown to stay within a realistic price range. Ready to find a real estate agent? No problem. The app will help you find highly-rated realtors in the area.

Redfin

Different from other house-hunting apps, Redfin is actually tied to a real estate company. The additional market insight is a huge benefit for homebuyers. Within the map-based interface of the app, you can see listings based on neighborhoods, and read details about the property.

Another great feature is the “Hot Homes” option. Redfin uses an algorithm to determine houses that have at least an 80% chance of accepting an offer within two weeks of going on the market. Buyers will want to see these homes as soon as possible.

Zillow

If you’re not exactly tech-savvy, Zillow just might be the home shopping app you’ve been dreaming of. With a 4.8/5-star rating from 3.33 million ratings, consumers rave about its’ comprehensive interface and features. Similar to other real estate apps, buyers can view homes by filters such as square footage, number of bedrooms, and listing price.

However, Zillow is unique in its ability to determine the prices of non-listed homes surrounding a home for sale based on an exclusive algorithm. Take advantage of additional resources on this app such as the mortgage calculator, personalized loan quotes, and reviews on local agents.

Selling

Homestyler Interior Design

Staging your home is often the key to getting your house off the market quickly. And chances are, if you’re saving up for a new home, you don’t have much extra cash to toss around on an interior designer, let alone furniture you’ll only use temporarily. That’s why apps like Homestyler are the best for sellers.

Simply take a picture of the space you want to stage, choose from a variety of floor and wall colors, and change out different types of furniture with the click of a button. All the design with none of the financial commitment? Yes, please!

Letgo

You’ve found your perfect home and now it’s time to pack up and move out. As you begin to pack you notice just how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. From an extra microwave to an untouched mountain bike, it’s time to let go and save space in your new house. With Letgo, sellers can essentially have an online garage sale. Take a picture of the object and post it on the app within minutes. Buyers have the option to message you and meet based on a mutual location.

Pinterest

Pinterest is the app that could fit in many categories. From planning a party to décor inspiration, Pinterest is your go-to place for images and links to helpful articles or blogs. We suggest using the app for packing and organizing as you move from one house to the next.

Simply search for a topic like “garage cleaning tips” or “moving across states” and browse through the images for more information. Save the images you like (pins) to a virtual board to view them again later.

Home Management 

Centriq

 Can we be real for a second? In the chaos of selling, packing, and moving, there’s a pretty good chance that the owner’s manual for your appliances will quickly be lost or tossed out. This is why Centriq is a great tool for homeowners. All you have to do is a take a picture of the product label (or nameplate) and Centriq will load warranties and manuals within the app.

Homeowners will also find information about where to find replacement parts, fix-it videos, and alert you about product recalls.

Happy Plant

It may seem silly now, but after replacing your fourth or fifth houseplant to lack of care, the numbers will start adding up. Do yourself a favor and download the Happy Plant app. It’s an easy to use app that creates a watering schedule and sends push notifications, so you don’t forget.

Create time-lapse videos and track your plant’s growth within the app, as well.

Ready to look for a home? Download these apps, and contact a Mortgage Advisor today for more information about financing your dream home!

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