The Digital Age has undoubtedly taken over every facet of life, including home buying. Thankfully, there are hundreds of apps that help the new homebuyer. From designing your first space to discovering nearby amenities before purchasing, here’s a countdown of Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing’s favorite apps for buying a home:
AroundMe: A big part of buying a home is buying the lifestyle. To check nearby amenities, aside from the ones your community offers, download AroundMe. The app quickly identifies local businesses, including ATMs/banks, coffee shops, gas stations, hospitals, movie theaters, restaurants, supermarkets, taxi services, and more. Users can also view GPS directions, add information to your contact list, and email details to a friend.
Dwellr: The U.S. Census Bureau has an app – and it’s super helpful for new homebuyers. “You can discover places in the United States right from your phone. The app matches U.S. Census Bureau statistics with your location preferences to introduce you to new travel destinations, relocation possibilities, and interesting characteristics about your very own community,” according to the home screen. You can search by median home value, educational opportunities, median age of residents, and more.
GreatSchools Finder: If you’re trying to study the geographical make-up of a potential neighborhood for your family, you need this app. Users can learn more about the local schools, how it compares to another state school, grade levels, and zones.
Homesnap: This free app uses multiple listing service (MLS) technology, but users can actually take a picture of any home across the nation and receive information of the home's values, taxes, lot boundaries, school ratings, nearby sales, number of beds and baths, and more. Depending on the property (as there are 90 million to choose from), users may be able to see interior photos and contact a real estate agent for more information.
Houzz Interior Design Ideas: This free app is for the HGTV junkie in your life. It contains a photo bank of more than 150,000 images from buildings all over the world, so you can grab a few new ideas for redecorating and unleash your inner interior designer.
Quicken Loans Mortgage Calculator: Users don’t have to be with Quicken Loans to use this app, which is great because it comes highly suggested to practically everyone. “With four calculators in one to help you crunch numbers on different mortgage possibilities…the sky is the limit.”
Real Estate Dictionary – Mortgage, Financial, and Legal Terms and Definitions: For free, potential homebuyers gain the confidence needed when dealing with the many aspects of residential realty. With more than 2,000 terms on file, this app makes discussing your potential home’s options a breeze. If you’d like to get a head start, check out The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Realtor Lingo.
Realtor.com: The most recommended by real estate agents for its up-to-the-minute inventory, this award-winning app helps users search through MLS to find properties for sale. Homebuyers can search by city, state, or zip code to see current listings as well as filter by price, number of beds and baths, property type, square footage, lot size, features and upgrades, age, and listing activity.
Walk Score: A big factor for urban homebuyers is walkability. This app gives users the chance to see how close any given property is to local amenities, such as schools, shopping districts, and entertainment venues. You can also see how the area scores for public transit and bicycling, so you don't have to worry about your morning commute.
Zillow: A staple in the home buying app world, Zillow boasts a large inventory of properties with more than 1 million homes via MLS. It sorts listings by multiple criterions, and users can search near top-rated schools and neighborhoods. You can also find agents, rental properties, mortgage options, and more.