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Welcome to buying a home in the 21st century! There are literally hundreds of apps (most of them free) for you to download and use to search for the perfect home! Of course, our agents at DOMA would love to be your in-person real estate “app”. After all, we have a great understanding of the current market and how to navigate the home buying process so it’s as easy as possible for you. However, if you’re just starting your home search and are curious about different areas, or just wake up at 3am wanting to know even more about the house you saw the previous day, real estate apps can be a great resource. And when one of our agents shows you the home of your dreams, there’s even a dimensions app that will help you start “moving” in your furniture!

Some of the best real estate apps around:

Realtor.com real estate-home for sale and rent app

Brought to you by Move Inc., this free app not only provides rankings for the local schools, but it also pin points them on a virtual map so you’ll know which school homes feed into.The app also makes it easy to contact the listing agent of the property.

GreatSchools App

You can search information on more than 125,000 K-12 schools in the U.S. including public, private and charter schools based on ranking, type or location. The app also includes parent reviews, recent test score and district information, and the app uses a phone’s GPS to specifically find schools based on your current location.

Trulia Local

You can get detailed information about the crime rate in the neighborhood by sorting by either  violent or nonviolent crimes to get a sense of the general safeness of an area. In addition, the app shows other points of interest, calculates potential commute times and finds any possible natural hazards that might be common to that neighborhood. *Trulia recently updated its Real Estate by Trulia App with a sleek design. It has separate sections for rentals and homes to own.

Neighborhood Scout

The site allows you to put in an address and it will provide a slew of information, including a description of the neighborhood; an overview of real estate market which includes prices, types of homes and their age; and lifestyles of the residents and their occupations.

Zillow

With Zillow,  hunters can search for houses for sale, for rent and more. The free app’s database finds properties in the U.S. by address, map or voice search (speak the address), and features Zestimate values for homes. You can also share property finds with friends and be notified when a new property becomes available. Don’t forget to “favorite” your top picks to make the decision making even easier.

Dictionary of Real Estate Terms

Baffled by a bilateral contract? Confused by carrying charges? You need this dictionary.

Mortgage Calculator

A solid calculator to help steer you through the finances of ahome purchase, this calculator computes monthly rate, price per square foot and your amortization schedule.

Home Buying Power

This app lets you input variables — desired payment or income percentage, plus down payment, loan term and interest rate — and then tells you how much house you can afford to pay for on a monthly basis.

Walk Score

It gives a home a score of up to 100, based on residents’ ability to walk to things such as a grocery, a pub, etc. The better the score, the more walkable the neighborhood.

Around Me

This app tells you the distances to key spots such as banks, coffee shops and post offices.

Lovely

Another good real estate app with a modern design. The location-based app makes it easy to find places nearby. Store your preferences and set alerts so you know the minute something new hits the market. Once you’ve identified some places to live, users can save them to their “favorites,” for future reference.

Photo Measures

This is an app that lets you take pictures of, say, a room and then allows you to save your measurements of the room’s dimensions on the photos. You can take photos during your walk-throughs of an appealing house, note the dimensions of walls and doors and cabinets, then plan your space and refer to the measurements later.

Color Smart

With paintmaker Behr’s ColorSmart app, you can visualize colors in your prospective home. Just take a photo, then fill in the walls with a Behr paint color to check out the new look.

 

Homesnap

Homesnap goes a more creative route than some of the other apps, allowing users to find out more about places they already like. Snap a photo with Homesnap and it will give you the 4-1-1 on your Malibu dream home.Now that the housing market is rebounding, the app helps you identify which homes have good “investment potential.”

(Photo and app descriptions via foxbusiness)

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