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5 Apps You Need if Buying a Home

5 Must Have Apps For Buying a Home

5 Apps You Need if Buying a Home

What’s Appening? If You’re Buying a Home, You Need These 5 Apps


Buying a house in today’s day and age looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago. Our cell phones used to be “bricks”, but are now capable of accessing infinite amounts of information about anything you can possibly think of. This is especially useful when looking at the specifics of your potential new home. Why drive around town and look at each and every house when you’re only a few clicks away from seeing everything you need to know and eventually closing on the perfect one?


Here are some of the best apps, for iPhone and Android, to help you have a better, and more convenient home buying experience:


1) Northern Title


Come on, what did you expect to be #1? We may be a little biased, but we think our app is where it’s at! This app, designed for iPads and iphones, allows you to easily receive pricing for various underwriters. You can get detailed results and breakdown of fees and charges sent straight to your email. You can even input additional information about the title to see how charges and fees might change. Downloading our app is a no brainer!


2) Trulia


Funny name, great app! Trulia is more than just a place to see local listings of homes for sale. This user-friendly app comes complete with mortgage and accountability calculators as well a system that helps you to get pre-qualified to buy. The “Local Scoop” section gives you a breakdown of the real estate overview, market trends, schools, and crime in your area. If you still need help you can look to the advice tab or check in with the help center. Trulia sends you real-time notifications about your favorite listings and updates you when new homes hit the market that match what you’ve been looking for. With a 4 ½ star rating, it’s clear that users found this app helpful!


3) Realtor.com



Realtor.com has more homes for sale than any other competing app!

How’s this for convenience:


-There’s no need to login

-You can take virtual 3D home tours

-Custom filters allow you to narrow your search for the perfect home

-Get open house hours and driving directions to any home


One reviewer, Whilloba, said, “I’ve been using Realtor for well over two years now to browse homes and of the five different sites I’ve used this is by far the most functional and up to date of any.”


When you have a 4.6 rating with over 154,000 people reviewing the app, you know it’s pretty good.


4) Zillow


How do they come up with these names, right? This one is the number one downloaded real estate app for Apple and Android users! One strength of this app is how user-friendly it is. Antonio from California reviewed the app, “The ease of use cannot be any better. Excellent for user friendly content. Notifies me daily, of existing properties available in the locales of my choice, 7 days a week.” Talk about service! Easy to use should be high on your list for app priorities.


Another huge strength for this one is its customizability. The “Zestimate” tool in the app allows you to look up worth or property rent in the United States. You can also use its search tools to look at things like foreclosure stats, geographic location, property type (apartments, townhomes, single family homes, etc) and features like number of baths or kitchen islands. Another great feature of this app is the renter profile, which gives you access to reach potential landlords and realtors, and a sharing tool that lets you share your finds with family and friends.


5) Redfin


Redfin is aimed at redefining the real estate game by making it possible for users and Redfin agents to communicate. With Redfin, you can instantly book a free home tour with an Agent! How many apps can say that? Notable features include the foreclosure notifier, for-sale-by-owner listing updates, and the “hot homes” feature” that highlights homes with lots of interest and can predict how quickly they might receive offers.


You can search things like nearby schools, open houses, condos, and can also see photos, top down maps, and more prospective properties. Download the Redfin app you’ll have a full-service real estate brokerage and award-winning tools at your fingertips.


We are apps(olutely) confident that these tools will make your life easier! You can’t go wrong with any of them. Plus all of these great apps are free so there is no risk at all.  Just pull out your phone, start downloading, and . To learn more about making your home buying process easier visit www.northerntitle.net or follow us on Facebook.