How did we manage as home buyers before the internet?
Can you imagine having to drive all over town—up and down street after street—trying to get a sense of your target neighborhoods? Or trying to narrow down the dozens of homes for sale to the one or two you’d really want to move into? Or frantically filling out paper forms to qualify for the best home mortgages?
With any of the ten apps listed below, you don’t even need to be at your computer to do your house-hunting. You can zero in on your dream home from your smartphone, and be standing in front of it a few minutes later.
Let’s take a look at what’s available to you.
If You Want a One-Stop-Shop App
Zillow was one of the first online real estate apps and one of the first to provide sales estimates, histories, neighborhood reports, and more.
If You Want to Save on Fees
RedFin’s biggest draw is its low fees, typically around 1.5%. Buyers usually receive as much as $1700 back on agent fees.
In addition to the usual options, you can also search for upcoming open houses.
If You Want to Learn About Real Estate
Bigger Pockets offers everything you ever wanted to learn about real in blog, podcast, ebook, Webinar, and forum form. If you’re interested in moving from buyer to investor, make Bigger Pockets your first stop.
If You Want the Largest Selection of Homes
Realtor.com is the website for the National Association of Realtors, and thanks to this it tends to get the latest home updates a bit faster than the rest of the Web.
Realtor.com can also help you locate a real estate agent (a Realtor, ‘natch).
If You’re Laser-focused on Buying a Home
Trulia is technically owned by Zillow but has more filters for getting exactly the result you’re looking for, even if that requires an island kitchen, outdoor hot tub, and 2.5 bedrooms.
Trulia also details legal statutes in place that protect against various forms of discrimination.
If You’re Looking to Win at an Auction
Xome has access to MLS-based auctions and some that are only available through itself.
Short-sales and foreclosures give you the chance to save quite a bit on a property before it reaches the open market.
If You Want a General-Purpose App
Homes.com has the numbers and you can sort them seven ways to Sunday. Plus, there are plenty of photos and videos to accompany every listing.
If You’re a Data Junkie
Real Estate by Smarter Agent
Real Estate by Smarter Agent gathers all of the available information and places it at your fingertips. You can search by dozens of criteria and save your searches for later review and refinement.
If You’re a Fan of Yellow Sports Coats
Century 21 Local Listing Search
All of the customizability of other apps under the familiar Century 21 umbrella. Search for the home that’s right for you, and get in contact with a Century 21 real estate agent at the same time.
If You’re the Picture-First, Search-Second Sort
HomeSnap works a bit in reverse. If you’re out and about and you see a house you like, you can take a photo of it and HomeSnap will provide all of the details about the house. Number of beds and bathrooms, crime stats, school information, etc
After the House Hunt…
Comes the mortgage hunt.
And on that front, you simply can’t better than the just-this-side-of-mind-boggling array of mortgages offered by Northpointe Bank.
Featuring over 20 different mortgage programs (https://www.northpointe.com/home-lending/smart-programs/), Northpointe has got you covered whether you’re a first-time home buyer, a renovator, someone repairing their credit after a financial setback, or almost literally anything in between!
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