Savvy buyers are using technology to learn about the homebuying process, mortgage options and to locate listings they’d like to view in person. These tools allow them to whittle away the details when purchasing a home before ever calling an agent (even though 88% of buyers purchase their home through a real estate professional).
There are so many apps and websites available, choosing which technology to use can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve done the research for you. Here are some great tools that can help you on your house-hunting expedition.
Find The Right Home For You
1. Home Scouting Report
Home Scouting Report allows you to hunt for homes like a real estate agent. This app shows 100% of the MLS listings in our market. With its GPS technology you can search properties for sale wherever you are. View photos, detailed property information and school district info.
You can save your favorite properties and get instant status changes on those properties. Want a mortgage quote or to see the inside of the property? The LO or Agent is just a tap away. Download the mobile app for iOS or Android to receive notification on new listings and save your favorite homes.
This site allows you to search for homes by school, district and neighborhood; see how many homes are for sale in the area; and see how many sold recently to gauge the activity in the market. You can also search around your desired neighborhood to learn about crime rates, the quality of the school district and more. Available for both iOS or Android.
3. Doorsteps Swipe
Doorsteps Swipe™ is an iOS app powered by Realtor.com. The app allows you to swipe right or left on photos of listings based on the criteria you’ve set. Swipe right if you like a home and swipe left if you don’t. The app may help you minimize or rethink your list of must haves for your ideal home.
Websites & Social Media
Your real estate professional’s website, blog and social media pages may provide a wealth of information about the agent and the homebuying process. If you don’t have a real estate agent you trust, we can connect you with agents in our network.
Social media pages of a neighborhood, school district or town in which you’re looking for a home can provide a wealth of information. Review the posts to get a feel for the community and its citizens to help you narrow down where you’d like to live.
Use Technology To Stay Organized
Evernote is a note taking app that allows you to type and save notes, as well as clip images, to the review later. It also allows you to save emails, share notes and stay organized throughout your home search. The basic version of Evernote is free and compatible with iOS, Android and the web.
Simplenote is another free note-taking app available of iOS, Android, Linux and the web that syncs across all devices. Take notes and find them easily with tags you create yourself. Simplenote also makes it easy to find an earlier version of a note.
Plan Your Home Décor
1. Houzz & Pinterest
Houzz and Pinterest are popular web and mobile applications that provide inspiration for home projects large and small. If you’re just starting your home search, browsing Houzz can help you identify must-have features and offer ideas on the feasibility of home projects.
Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap apps are free apps that will help you plan the overall color scheme of your new home. Preview paint colors, find coordinating shades and create custom colors for every room of the home you plan to purchase.
3. iHandy Carpenter
iHandy Carpenter is an app available on iOS and Android that features five measuring tools, including a ruler, bubble level, surface level, plumb bob and protractor to help you measure different parts of the home. The app costs $1.99.
Top 3 Gadgets To Add To Your Home Search
1. Digital Tape Measure
Measure the square footage of rooms, hallways and cupboards while on your search to ensure it fits your space requirements.
2. Digital Stud Finder
Whether you’re planning to renovate after you move or just want to add shelves, a digital stud finder located the framing studs for you.
3. Landscaping Software
Create the perfect landscape to enjoy year-round and boost curb appeal.
Technology can’t replace the knowledge and experience of a real estate professional. While an app may help you narrow down your list of potential homes, an agent will help you negotiate a great deal.
*Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational purposes only. Citywide Home Loans does not provide any other service apart from lending. You should always consult with your legal, tax and financial advisors to determine which strategy is the most suitable for your specific circumstances.