Top 5 Real Estate Apps to Make Searching and Decorating Your New Home A Snap

July 18, 2013

Did you know that 90% of people begin their home search for a new home online? It's true! But sometimes it's hard to know exactly what to search. And what if you are searching on your smart phone or tablet? Here are 5 great real estate apps and websites and what they can do to help you find a new home. Zillow - One of the easiest real estate apps and most comprehensive information, Zillow provides a split screen of your map view and your interest that can be adjusted through filters. You can include price, bedrooms, home type and so much information. You can search by zip code, neighborhood, or even draw a lasso around the area you'd like to search. Zillow can show any number of indicators about the house and pricing. Trulia - This app has great access to rentals and new homes for sale. It has a clean look and a very easy interface to use. You can narrow your search by a number of indicators such as lot size, year built and so on. Some interesting features include the heatmap which shows crime and flood areas. As you search you can also find nearby restaurants, gas stations, and other important locations around a potential neighborhood. Because it syncs with Yelp, you can read honest reviews. Homesnap - This app is a home flippers dream. Just snap a picture and it will tell you all the details about a home. From its investment and appreciation potential to the schools and detailed neighborhood information. It will also show you homes you can flip. It will allow you to store your favorites and its social component shows you what your friends are looking at. When you snap, favorite, comment, recommend or share a home, it gets added to your photo stream. Add some friends and you can get input from friends and family on your home search. Realtor.com - This app has great mapping and search capabilities. By using Area Scout you can see everything from available homes to recently sold homes. Listings update every 15 minutes, and you have access to lots of photos, open house info and more. If you want to search by school district, you can with the realtor.com app. Listing details not only include tax information but also detailed school information including ratings. You can also draw your own custom area search right on the map, much like Zillow. Houzz - This large database of home design ideas, allows you to browse over a million and a half images by style, room and location. From there you can create a virtual idea book and save your favorites. It's like having a digital scrapbook on your smart phone or pad. You can then use it to show your likes to contractors, interior designers and home improvement experts so they can turn all your ideas into your new interior and exteriors for your home. These handy apps can help you out when you are on the move looking at neighborhoods, new homes and listings to find your perfect new home.
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