Monday, June 20, 2016

The 6 Best Apps for Homebuyers

If you’re technically savvy in the least bit, these apps will be helpful (and dare we say, fun?) to use during your search and homebuying process. Obviously, as realtors we are your real-life “app,” full of home buying knowledge. But we know you, and when you’re lying in bed at 10:30pm, it’s hard to resist a home search to see if anything new has popped up. If you aren’t familiar with apps, we recommend you visit your cell phone provider and they can help you with the details. All of the apps we have listed below are Free and available on both IOS and Android.

1. AroundMe
Cost: Free
Platform: IOS, Android

This app identifies where you are to show you a complete list of nearby businesses and attractions, including the distance from your current location. This can be helpful when looking for a house in an area that is unfamiliar to you. You can search for the nearest bank/ATM, bar, coffee shop, gas station, hospital, hotel, movie theater, restaurant, supermarket, theater and taxi company. You can view every listing on a map, view GPS directions to your chosen destination, add the information to your contact list and email the details to a friend.

2. Homesnap

Cost: Free
Platform: IOS, Android

Homesnap draws on our massive homes database to show you how much the home is worth, when it last sold, interior features details, local school ratings, similar listings, nearby sales and more.

3. Sitegeist
Cost: Free
Platform: IOS, Android

Wherever you are, Sitegeist provides interesting data about the surrounding area: average age of residents, political contributions, average temperature, commuting trends, and popular nearby places. Sitegeist is a great informational tool for clients Interested in more than just the home or property, but the area and its residents as well.

4. Mortgage Calculator
Cost: Free
Platform: IOS, Android

Chances are you’ve already determined a budget to stick to. However, this is a great app to see details on the fly. Mortgage Calculator factors in a number of important parameters to provide the most accurate results, and tells you what your monthly or bi-weekly mortgage payments will be as well as your future payoff date.

5. Redfin
Cost: Free
Platform: IOS, Android

This app gives you on-the-go information like photos, full details, property history and agent notes. It’s the most intuitive when compared to others and will give you a great overview of properties you search.

6. Google Maps
Cost: Free
Platform: IOS, Android

If you’re searching for homes, it’s a no-brainer. Type in the address and you’re on your way. Pretty simple, but pretty great.

 

If you have questions about this list or any real estate questions regarding Brainerd Lakes real estate, please feel free to give us a call at 218-820-7355 or email sales@upnorthproperties.com. We are happy to help!

 

 

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