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The Best Property and Real Estate Apps

October 11th, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Searching for a home or apartment? 

Mobile applications (apps) are great tools for activities like checking the weather, tracking workouts, planning parties and shopping. So why not use one when searching for a new place to live? Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, a variety of apps are available to help simplify the process. And with most of them offering features like real-time availability, mortgage and leasing estimates, and neighborhood information, you can personalize the experience to find exactly what you’re looking for. 

Using a tablet to search for properties to buy or rent

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Each of the following apps offers something unique. Determine which one meets your needs by understanding the basics of each, and downloading and navigating through several of them. You may find that using multiple apps is more beneficial than using just one. Bonus: they’re all free to download through the App Store at apple.com! 

Zillow® 

One of the most popular property apps is Zillow, which hosts photos and videos of millions of real estate listings nationwide. Filter the location, property type and price range you’re interested in, and then stay up-to-date on new and recently-sold listings in your area via push notifications. The app includes a variety of features like mortgage calculators, current mortgage rates, loan quotes and Zillow’s Zestimate® — an estimated market value of each home or rental compared to surrounding properties. You can also quickly and easily communicate with local agents, property managers, lenders and landlords. 

Realtor.com® 

The Realtor.com app is known for having more listings than any another property app. It features some of the latest insights and trends in the housing and rental markets and is continually rolling out new features to make finding properties convenient and fun. You’ll be able to see 3D home tours, customizable filters, history (like tax assessments and previous selling price), a heat map showing homes by neighborhood crime levels and more. Plus, families and individuals with children can sift through homes and apartments in a particular school district. And to ensure the app reflects the most current home value estimates, 90% of the listings refresh every 15 minutes.  

Trulia®

Trulia helps you find the perfect place to call home based on your lifestyle. It offers crowdsourced local insights, 34 neighborhood map overlays (for crime, schools, price trends, amenities and commute times) and photos to give you a feel for the area. Top features include touring properties via drone footage, learning about the area with the “What Locals Say” feature, viewing maps in normal, satellite or terrain mode, and getting real-time notifications of new listings, status changes and price drops. It also provides access to calculators for estimating mortgages, interest rates, homeowners insurance and property taxes. 

Homes.com® 

This app gives you access to millions of homes, condos, apartments, bungalows and townhomes available for sale or rent throughout the United States. You also can sift through more than 400,000 foreclosed homes. Use the interactive maps to find properties of interest or search for a specific address to identify prices and home value estimates. Flip through high-resolution photos, then share your favorites through text, Facebook Messenger or email.  

Apartments.comTM 

Apartments.com is a great app for anyone looking to lease. Just draw a circle around the location of interest and all available rentals will pop up. The company’s national research team updates the listings daily to display the most current rental properties. You’ll get real-time availability, renting specials and high-definition photos and videos.  

RedfinTM  

Redfin is a great app to use if you live in certain states or metropolitan areas (check the app’s description to see if your location is listed). Key features include the ability to book home tours with local Redfin agents, receive notifications on new homes that match your existing criteria and get the latest data on the sale price of nearby homes. The app also lets you know which homes are most likely to sell quickly so you don’t miss out on the home you love. 

XomeSM 

Xome lists more than 100 million properties and auction homes across the country (refreshed every 15 minutes). Search by location, a specific address or by drawing a circle around the region you’re interested in. Zoom into your search by filtering the property type, price range, square footage and more. The searches can also highlight popular neighborhoods, subdivisions, school districts, restaurants and shops. Set up notifications so that you’re the first to know when new listings hit the market, a price is reduced or an open house is scheduled. The Xome Concierge feature can connect you with an agent who can answer questions about a particular property or schedule a showing.

HomesnapTM

Homesnap works a little differently than the other apps, and provides a unique experience and search interface. Just snap a picture of any home you’re interested in to instantly receive home value estimates, interior photos, school ratings, school zones, property boundaries, satellite imagery and more. Siri (Apple’s voice assistant) can even help you share your favorites with friends and family! 

Apartment FinderTM 

Looking for an apartment? Apartment Finder can help. This app displays the current pricing and availability of apartments nationwide, including listings from military bases and universities. Check out detailed floor plans and amenities, then see an interactive 3D walk through the unit, a full video tour and high-resolution photos. You can also get a comprehensive overview of what the neighborhood is like and read about its Walk Score, public transit and local schools.  

Rent.com® 

Rent.com creates a leisurely search experience, providing some of the most accurate apartment pricing and details compared to other apps. Search by floor plan to find what you want. Then, read ratings and reviews from previous residents and take a virtual and panoramic tour of the unit’s exterior, interior and amenities. If you find one you like, you can save it for later or contact the property owner or real estate agent directly from the app.  

What apps do you use? 

Let us know in the comments what other property apps you find useful! 

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