Buying a house or apartment is probably the biggest investment you'll ever make in your life. When you're shelling out all that money, you want to make sure that you've got all the tools you need at your disposal to help you find the right home for you.
Market competition is tougher than ever; and in the busiest cities like New York, real estate sells in hours and minutes, rather than days.
The following 9 iOS apps will help you keep a constant eye on property sales and rentals in your area, with all the need to know info, so you can move quick and grab that home you've always dreamed of - before someone else gets in there first.
The official Realtor.com app provides a provides a smooth and customized house-hunting experience, whether you're a first time buyer or looking to downsize into retirement.
Browse available properties in your area and get current listings on MLS listed homes. Easy swipe functions allow you to seamlessly go from one home to another. You can also draw your custom search grid on a map!
Rent.com offers you a tantalizing bonus for finding an apartment through the app: if you successfully go on to rent a place you found in the app, they claim to offer $100 gift certificate. What a house-warming gift!
The app is mainly focused on larger cities, and properties tend to be geared towards the more elite listings. Find your perfect place with the help of filters like number of bedrooms, price, pets, laundry, and more.
There is no official app for the all-god of local searches, Craigslist, but cPro Craigslist is the next best thing. Perfect for house and job hunting, it works just like the website (better actually), so it’s functionality should be familiar to regular Craigslist go-ers.
Choose filters, save your searches, and don't miss a single curb alert. Call/text, email, add to favorites, or share right from the app.
Snap a photo of a home, anywhere, and out pops a magic boxful of information drawn from MLS listings, property tax records, census data and more. Want to know when the house last sold? Want to see interior photos? If the house is listed, Homesnap will tell you everything you need to know.
You can share homes you look up with anyone, even if they don't have the app. Every property you mention is saved and updated in real time.
GPS search, detailed photos, and vital crime and schools info make this the must-have app for buyers or renters. With Trulia you can even take the next step and calculate your mortgage rate right from within the app! Notifications are the cherry on top, taking you straight to the app for speedy access when you get a match.
Freehand drawing lets you manually select a search area and photos are high-resolution and plentiful. Selling? There's a valuation tool here too.
5miles is an free and easy way to buy, sell, or barter items of all kinds. And if you're looking for housing or a roommate, you can quickly and easily find thousands of listings for apartments, houses, and condos for rent or sale. Can't manage the rent on that dream loft? Find a roommate to go in with you!
You can make an offer by sending a text, and leave a cool (or creepy) personal touch with voice descriptions.
Real Estate by Zillow has all the elements you'd expect--like advanced search tools and school information--and some things you wouldn't--like fully-fledged mortgage options and foreclosure details. It's the full package whether you're looking for a cute cottage or a magnificent mansion.
The 'Zestimate' tool is only available here, aiming to provide an accurate estimate of value. You even get an estimated monthly mortgage payment, with the option to get pre-approved too.
Real Estate sale & rent by Trovit finds houses and apartments for rent and for sale on thousands of different websites and shows them to you in one place. Easy, fast. and convenient, simply input the property type, city or rooms, select the conditions (for rent, sale, roommate, land,...) and tap "find". It's that easy.
Trovit's search engine automatically gathers all the related data and displays results. You can navigate through the list of results, sort by (relevance or date) or filter by: state, city, type, price, rooms, bathrooms, parking, furnished, new... A seamless way to find the house that meets your expectations.
Redfin updates listings every 15 minutes, and lets user search for more than 70 million addresses by neighborhood, school zone, ZIP code and city. As well as the ability to draw your own search area with your finger, you can also get alerts for houses that have just come onto the market that match your filter criteria.
Even cooler than all of that, you can find out how much a house sold for by standing in front of it with the Redfin map open on your phone, and tapping the icon that corresponds to the house in front of you. Up pops your information.