These days it seems there’s an app for everything, doesn’t it? In fact, it can be a big undertaking to learn about what’s available and which apps best suit your needs. Real estate apps are no exception—there are plenty of them, and thankfully many are incredibly convenient. A few can even be described as revolutionary (keep reading and you’ll see what we mean!).
Today we’re making sure you’re up-to-date on 9 of the best real estate apps for homebuyers.
If you’re in the market for a home (or more realistically, as soon as you first became interested in the idea of buying a home) you likely found yourself on Redfin’s incredibly popular website. It’s still the main destination for homebuyers, sellers and real estate agents. Browsing through all of those homes is informative, fun—and more than a little addictive!
The Redfin real estate app is available in about 100 major U.S. markets and brings all the same fun and information right to your mobile device.
The app is updated every 15–30 minutes and lets you draw your search radius, then browse home photos, details, Walk Score™ ratings, and share your favorites and comments privately with your co-buyer.
If you’re going to choose just one real estate app, Redfin is the perfect place to start.
2. Zillow Real Estate
A leading real estate marketplace, Zillow has created a game-changing real estate app of its own. You can easily peruse thousands homes for sale and rent, and you get access to many listings you won’t find anywhere else.
Zillow recently added a new feature into the app, Video Walkthrough. It gives buyers a strikingly realistic sense of how it feels to walk through a home they’re interested in.
3. Trulia Real Estate
Another popular real estate app is Truila Real Estate. It makes it simple for homebuyers to browse millions of listings nationwide, including homes for sale, apartments for rent, open houses, galleries full of high-quality photos, and even key information like school ratings and crime rates in the area.
4. Houzz Interior Design Ideas
Ready to take a break from scanning the real estate listings and start thinking of how you’d like to decorate that dream home? The Houzz Interior Design Ideas app was launched in 2009 and, with updates coming every two weeks, it’s still a revolutionary way for both prospective buyers and sellers access to more than nine million interior design photos, home decor and decorating ideas, and even home professionals online.
Known as “the Snapchat of real estate,” Homesnap lets you take a photo of any home in the U.S. and pull up instant data from MLS listings. This information includes census data, property tax records, and more.
Founded in 2008, Homesnap has become one of the top-rated real estate apps for both homebuyers and sellers—it features an exhaustive list of properties that’s sitting at 90 million homes and growing.
You and your real estate agent can exchange links with property photos and other details that you’ll receive as text messages. Homesnap also stores a history of all the pictures you’ve taken.
Wondering how the local schools stack up in that new neighborhood you’re eyeing?
If you have a family or plan to start one, the quality of the local schools is hugely important. With the GreatSchools app, there’s no more guesswork. You’ll have instant access to the nation’s most trusted independent source of school performance data.
Whether it’s ratings, reviews, or test scores, you’ll learn everything you need to know about nearby school zones as well as the individual schools themselves. You can instantly filter schools by public or private, grade level, distance, and more.
This app even lets you know exactly what school a property is zoned for and how that school compares to others in the state.
If you’re looking to buy a home in the city, one of the most critical factors is walkability—how equipped your immediate neighborhood is with all the amenities you’ll be counting on.
The WalkScore app allows you to see how close a given property is to schools, stores, entertainment, and more.
The latest updates to this popular real estate app also give you a BikeScore and TransitScore so you’ll be in-the-know about the easiest ways to get around.
Imagine a real estate app backed by the Census Bureau that uses information from the American Community Survey to create neighborhood guides that are chock-full of data. That’s what you’ll get when you download the Dwellr app, one of the more underrated real estate apps out there today.
Each featured neighborhood contains as many as 40 different topics: median age of residents, racial makeup, median home values, educational background, and more.
Before you make that offer on your dream home, you’ll want to run it by Dwellr.
9. Real Estate Dictionary
Joint and several liability? Acceleration? Easement?
If these terms sound unfamiliar, you might want to go back to basics when you use the Real Estate Dictionary app, home to more than 3,000 real estate terms and definitions homebuyers are sure to find helpful.
It can be tough to absorb all the real estate jargon you’ll hear while you’re house hunting, making an offer, financing or closing on your home. But no need to pull an all-nighter ahead of time; instead you can access these terms along the way, as you need them.
Real Estate Apps Make You An Instant Insider
By finding the real estate apps that caters to your needs, you’ll have access to information that, not long age, would have taken you weeks to compile. Key data is no longer confined to real estate agents or obscure buildings that house hard copies of county records.
Because of real estate apps like these, the world is a little smaller, you’re much better equipped to be a savvy buyer, and your dream home is much closer than ever before. Happy house hunting!