For the past decade or so, new technologies have become like a fast-paced snowball on its way down a steep hill: growing increasingly larger in shorter bursts of time. The explosion of computer-driven products has also benefitted home buyers–most recently in the form of real estate apps.
Real estate apps not only make the entire home search process easier and more understandable; these technological tools give buyers–whether first-timers or merely confused–access to an entire world of knowledge at the tips of their fingers.
Nowadays there are dozens–maybe even hundreds–of real estate apps to choose from. Here, the bloggers over at Movoto Real Estate share why it’s worth your time to download at least a few and test them out. You can always delete them.
1. One Word: MOBILE
Hands down, the single best thing about real estate apps is that you can take them with you–on showings, to open houses, and even while you’re cruising around a neighborhood searching for homes with for-sale signs.
The vast majority of people today have their cell phones on them almost all of the time, which makes it more than just a little convenient to be able to access to real estate information and databases on the go.
Technology is having a profound impact on the world of real estate. Now, people can search for homes while they are driving around. No longer is the traditional agent model in place.
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The ability to carry property details, maps, open house schedules, and more in your pocket means potential buyers can search for a house while they’re on the move. Plus, agents want their real estate listings to be searchable anytime, anywhere. One can search for a home on a lunch break, at the gym, even during the bus ride home. In the past, you had to plow through huge databases or look through pages of websites.
Just some of the information you’ll have access to includes:
In addition to carrying your search tools and buyers’ guides around with you, you will also benefit from the constantly changing and self-updating nature of today’s technology.
The lists of available homes on your app (whether Movoto, Trulia, Zillow, or another) will be updated regularly, meaning you (theoretically) will learn about the newest listings as soon as your app syncs with the database.
Beyond new home updates, your app’s versatility means other housing information and advice will be up to date.
3. Handy Tools at Your Fingertips
Unlike applications such as the iPhone calculator that come preloaded on your device, with home-buying tools you need an app from a company that deals specifically with home buyers.
Real estate apps are designed to contain much or all of the information featured on their website counterparts. Which means that you have access to incredibly useful tools, including mortgage calculators and apps to estimate what you can afford.
Though an app obviously can’t replace the benefits of working with an agent, it can assist you with common questions and allow you to do some of your own research.
Many real estate apps are free for you to download. This makes it even easier to start using these mobile tools, because access to the data is just one cost-free click away.
Others run a few dollars apiece, which is still reasonable considering apps with a price tag are usually more comprehensive and extensive than free versions. Whether you’re willing to pay or will only select what’s free, you’ll have an abundance of options to help you find your dream home.
To basically, what we’re saying is there isn’t an excuse to put off the home search anymore!
Nick Johnson manages the outreach for Movoto Real Estate, a real estate brokerage based in San Mateo, California.