Looking for a home isn't what it used to be. The days of leafing through the classifieds and roaming through good neighborhoods looking for 'For Sale' signs are long gone. These outmoded ways of finding a new home have been replaced by technologies that fit in the palm of your hand. Yes, we're talking about the glut of mobile real estate apps that are so easily available today.
And while these apps might not make your final home buying decisions much easier, they do offer flexibility, speed, and incredible convenience. To help you decide which one is best for you, here is a list of the top 10 real estate mobile apps.
With its comprehensive services and incredible search tools, Zillow has become one of the best known real estate apps in the world. Zillow allows you to search for homes by type, region, features and price. It also includes a number of valuable social tools, all of which allow you to be part of a network of realtors, landlords, and other buyers.
The Trulia app also provides filtered searches for potential buyers. Additionally, it gives users access to video tours and photos, along with important information about the surrounding neighborhoods. For even deeper explorations, the Trulia app has recently introduced a feature called 'What Locals Say,'which provides neighborhood reviews written by homeowners who actually live there.
Xome is one of the most highly integrated real estate apps available. Its property listing are refreshed every 15 minutes, giving buyers to the most up-to-date information possible. Xome's Value function shows users the market value of a given property and is just one of the features that makes Xome a must-have for serious buyers.
Redfin uses a holistic approach to the real estate market. With features that inform users about short sales, foreclosures, and for sale by owner properties, Redfin keeps users up-to-date on just the type of home they're interested in. Advance search features and sharing tools top off what has become one of the best real estate apps available.
Homesnap is a different kind of real estate mobile platform. Use it to snap a picture of a home and you'll receive details like appraisal estimate, photos, property tax info, school information and more. By giving you limited data on homes that aren't even on the market, in addition to detailed info on homes that are, the designers of Homesnap have found what one reviewer called 'the perfect formula.'
Designed for real estate investors, the BiggerPockets app acts as a social sharing platform, information center, and virtual marketplace. One of its most attractive features is a nationwide forum that allows users to take a deep dive into the world of real estate investment.
A relative unknown among real estate apps, Dwellr is incredibly useful for home buyers to looking to move across the country. It matches up your preferences with data from the U.S. Census to help you find the best relocation fit. It accomplishes this by creating a detailed user profile and using the information to compile a nationwide list of 25 cities that best fit your criteria.
The Realtor.com app helps you find local properties that might otherwise slip through your fingers. In addition to letting you browse local listings by simply taking a picture of a For Sale sign, the Realtor.com app is also compatible with Google Chromecast, a function that allows you to stream property info and open houses directly to your TV.
The ZipRealty app is perfect for on-the-go home searching. It gives users interactive access to an incredible variety of properties and also provides 24 hour updates for your preferred homes. The ZipRealty app also gives users access to real world resources by letting them ask questions or arranging a visit without ever leaving the platform.
Just as the name suggests, the Century 21 Local app focuses on nearby properties. Its search features are similar to those of apps like Zillow and Trulia, but also gives you a access to a certified Century 21 agent with a single tap.
Lotmix is a new addition to the marketplace of platforms for new home buyers. Lotmix is focused on buyers considering buying land and build their dream home. The platform uniquely provides one place for a buyer to store their documentation, contracts, and other information as they research which build option is right for them.