Tools and Apps for Buyers and Sellers
Whether you need to sell a house or buy a house, there are a lot of different online tools and mobile apps that can help you meet your goal faster. In the last five years the number of real estate apps have skyrocketed. This is great if you want variety, but it also makes it harder to figure out which ones will be useful to you. I have highlighted six apps that can actually help you expedite the buying and selling processes.
Homesnap is a fun app for people who are house hunting. If you see a house with a for sale sign on it, all you have to do is take a picture and Homesnap will give you details about the property, such as value estimates, tax information, and bedroom and bathroom counts. You can also use the app to learn about nearby schools.
Other features include private message and sharing capabilities and the ability to search for local open houses. You can search house listings and then send the pictures to friends, family, and agents. This will also help you keep track of the houses you like because the app use the conversation feature to automatically save the listings that you’re interested in.
Zillow is a great tool for sellers because they can use the app to shoot and upload video tours of the property they’re trying to sell. Video walkthroughs often give house hunters a better sense of the home than pictures do. Zillow is also widely used by real estate agents, so the right people are going to see your listing.
The app features over 100 million listings, so it is useful tool for prospective buyers as well. Some of these listings are not found on any other platform. Buyers can use the app to stay up-to-date on new listings by setting up property alerts, browse open houses, and compare prices. The app is especially helpful for keeping track of price increases and decreases.
The app also gives you access to wide-range of tools, such as mortgage calculators, loan quotes, and interest rate calculators. Overall, it is a beneficial app that let’s buyers and sellers connect to real estate agents, brokers, and lenders, while giving you the tool you need to keep track of the housing market in your neighborhood.
SQFT is an app designed to simplify and speed up the buying and selling process. It only takes a few minutes to list a property on the app. Then you can negotiate offers, put contracts into effect, and close the deal—all from within the app. Meanwhile, buyers can use the app to browse listings, arrange property showings, submit offers, and more.
One of the best parts about this app is that it speeds up communication. Waiting days to see if your offer has been accepted can make anyone antsy. SQFT gets both buyers and seller more involved in the process and gives them a convenient place to communicate with each other and with agents in one location. Best of all the app is free to use for both buyers and sellers.
MLS is a free website that allows you to search for multiple listing services. From the site, you will be able to search for MSL listings from licensed real estate professionals. Most real estates are part of their local MSL, so it is a great place to search for properties in your neighborhood and connect with realtors. You can use the database to find new construction, resale homes, vacant lots, and even investment and commercial properties.
The site also features real estate news, answers to frequent real estate-related questions, and mortgage information. You can even use the site to find real estate courses, figure out the cost of a mortgage, or get a estimate from local moving companies. MLS is useful for both buyers, sellers, and investors.
Homefinder is a listing tool where you can upload an unlimited amount of pictures of the property you want to sell. You can also share the listing on social media platform directly from the website. If you have the premium service, you can make your listing a priority so it appears before basic listing, which can be incredibly beneficial if you live in a competitive real estate market.
For buyers, the site is a great tool for learning more about nearby neighborhoods. You’ll find all kinds of statistics from school ratings to medium household income to the unemployment rate of the neighborhoods.
The auction.com mobile app allows you search for foreclosures and make bids from your phone. You can search for properties that are near you or search for foreclosures nationwide. The app has thousands of different foreclosures listed on it. An interactive map makes finding properties by location even easier, although you can search properties in list-format.
The Foreclosure Interact tool lets you track the status of different auctions in real time. You can also save and share properties that interest you. You’ll find detailed property information, title information, and even property reports.
Although buying a house can be exciting, it is also stressful. You might struggle to find a property that meets all your needs. You might find so many different things you like it becomes impossible for you to make a decision. And it’s certainly stressful for sellers to watch their properties sit and not sell. Having the right tools can make the process run smoother and eliminate some of the pressure of the buying and selling process.