Five House Hunting Apps

 

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With the constant improvements to apps, my phone has become my assistant. It keeps me on time, from getting lost and most importantly organized. So why not use that trusted advisor when it comes to looking for a home? With so many apps on the market, I have narrowed it down for you.

 

 

Homesnap: This is a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app draws from the MLS to give you a complete search. This is the best part of the app, you can snap a picture of the house and get the information about it. You can save the homes you like under the ME tab. The app will keep those listings up to date. So if something you saved has had a price reduction, the information you saved will be updated.

 

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Evernote: Let's face it you will have a lot of notes, lists and ideas when it comes to finding your home. That's where Evernote comes it. The app allows you to keep all that information in one place. It's great for the home tour. You can take notes and pictures as you tour each house. This way you can look back at your thoughts later as you are reviewing all the homes you have seen.  You can also share the lists with others including your real estate agent.

 

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Mortgage Calculator: Finding the home of your dreams is just a part of the process. You also need to find one that fits your budget. This is where the Mortgage Calculator can help. While your lender will give you the final numbers this app will help you get within the ball park. It can help you decide if you can afford a home.

 

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Great Schools: Finding a home near good schools is one of the biggest goals for home buyers. Great Schools helps you do just that. You can view ratings, reviews, and test scores right from your phone.  It will also allow you to filter between public and private
schools and location.

 

 

 

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House Hunter: Every home buyer has a wish list and this app helps you put that down in black and white. It will starts with you ranking the features that are important to you. This also help you just sit down and think about that wish list.

 

When you go on a tour of homes, you put each listing in. After you are done looking at the home you rank all the features. You need to do this right after you look so it's all fresh in your mind. The app then scores each of the homes you tour based on your wish list . It helps take some of the emotion out of home buying. Ultimately the decision on finding the right home is more than just a score but this app will help you see how the home of your choice fits into your wish list. The app is not free like the others but it's one I like to gift my clients

 

 

 

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