There are so many Real Estate Apps out there, we all know the big names like Zillow and Trulia but there are some other players out there offering some unique information and perspectives for home buyers and sellers. Check out 5 of my favorites.
One of the most underrated apps is Dwellr. This app is backed by the Census Bureau and uses information from the American Community Survey to produce data-rich neighborhood guides. In fact, each neighborhood in the system contains as many as 40 different topics. These include things like median age of residents, racial makeup, median home values, educational background, and more. This allows you to truly see what a neighborhood is like before making an offer.
Lovely is another good real estate app with a modern design. The location-based app makes it easy to find places nearby. Store your preferences and set alerts so you know the minute something new hits the market. Once you've identified some places to live, users can save them to their "favorites," for future reference. Lovely is also available via the web, so you can set up an account and you can access them from your computer. View those kitchen photos on a larger screen. Lovely is also good for pet lovers, by giving the option to see if your pet would be welcome in your new digs, by selecting "dogs ok" or "cats ok." Don't forget about Fluffy! This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later.
For urban homebuyers, one of the more critical factors is walkability. WalkScore allows you to see how close a given property is to different amenities like schools, stores, and entertainment. New updates also give you BikeScores and TransitScores so that you can find the easiest way to get around.
Homesnap goes a more creative route than some of the other apps, allowing users to find out more about places they already like. Snap a photo with Homesnap and it will give you the 4-1-1 on your Malibu dream home. You mean it costs, HOW MUCH!?
Now that the housing market is rebounding, the app helps you identify which homes have good "investment potential." "Appreciation potential" shows you homes that Homesnap thinks you'll be able to flip.
The app also has a social component. Store your favorites and see what your friends are looking at. Let's just hope you're not bidding for the same one.
This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is also available for Android.
GreatSchools is another fantastic resource for studying a geographical neighborhood. As the name suggests, this app lets you learn more about different school zones and the individual schools that make it up. It will tell you exactly what school a property is zoned for and how that school stacks up compared to others in the state.
If you find a home on one of these sites you would like to see in person or would like more info on a home, please send me an or give me a call. I'd love to help.
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