7 High-Tech Ways to House Hunt

Katie Simon
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apps-for-house-huntMost prospective homebuyers know that their smartphone can be a valuable asset in their search for a new place. According to a study by the National Association of Realtors and Google, 89% of home seekers use mobile searches and 68% use mobile apps during their hunt.

But how do you choose the right app for your particular needs? Here, we’ve found some of the best—for every stage of your search.

1. Doorsteps Swipe

Not sure what you’re looking for in a new home? This app lets you swipe left or right for a photo and address to indicate interest. After you’ve saved five listings, you’ll get a debriefing on the features of the houses you liked.

2. Walk Score

Walk Score ranks real estate listings on proximity to bike lanes and public transportation, plus how much time it takes to run daily errands.

3. Sitegeist

Discover data about average rent for the neighborhood, median age of residents, number of kids per household, and political contributions. Your realtor might not legally be allowed to discuss some information about prospective neighborhoods, so be sure to do some research on your own!

4. 3D Showcase

Walk through a virtual, 3D rendering of certain real estate listings with this app. You can also choose an option that removes existing furniture to show how the space will look empty.

5. Beamly

Beamly helps you get answers instantly about the property, such as options for refinishing cabinets or details about specific appliance models. It’s perfect for when you’re at an open house where lots of other home seekers are vying for the agent’s attention.

6. iPMT

Not only is this app useful for calculating property taxes, homeowner association fees and other expenses into your mortgage—it also helps you negotiate counteroffers by breaking down how much these increases will cost when spread out over monthly payments.

7. SignEasy

Sign paperwork with a swipe, simultaneously sending it out and storing it in Dropbox or Google Drive for your reference.

Be sure to also ask your agent about the apps she uses, which may give you access to freshly updated listings and third-party information about schools and neighborhoods.

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