Finding a new home can be a very stressful time. You want to find something beautiful and functional and in your price budget but there are so many options. Making a huge purchase like buying a home would make anyone nervous. You can hire a real estate agent so you have help along your way, which makes things easier but you can also try downloading these five free apps. They won’t find the house for you but they will make the process a bit less stressful.
1. Mortgage Calculator
If already own a home, you’ll need to sell it before you can find something new. Calculating your mortgage isn’t something everyone can do so let Zillow give you a hand with this free calculator. Use the Affordability calculator to see how much you can afford to pay a month based on what you make and where you live. Then while you’re looking for houses, you can see how much a certain house will run you a month. It is a no-brainer way to manage your finances. For a homeowner, see when you’ll break even based on how much you pay per month and even get a HARP quote if you’re looking to refinance.
Now that you know about how much you’re willing to pay, it is time to start looking around at homes. Zillow has rentals and real estate so you can use it during any walk of life. Note wether you want to look for something to rent or buy and look at the map. The app will bring up all the homes near you with a price. Tap on one you like and see the neighborhood it is in, nearest schools and photos. You can even contact the realtor directly from the app to get a look around the property. Add filters for number of bedrooms, bathrooms and price. The app has everything the website does so you can look on a computer or mobile device.
Like Zillow, Trulia is a well-known real estate website. You can use the computer or a mobile device to look at homes on the go. The main page is photos of homes with prices and bed/bath info. Tap on one and get photos, neighborhood stats and even how much you’ll have to pay per month to afford it. Filter your search by the newest homes listed or price. Hit the heart icon and save it to look at later or contact a realtor right from the app to find out when you can take a look. You can even see when the open houses are and stop by without talking to someone first.
Lovely makes it easy to find rentals anywhere you want to live. The map displays all the available properties near you. Tap on one and see photos, property information and neighborhood information. Make a profile for yourself of how much you’re willing to pay and the app will search for that. Set filters for pet-friendly homes, price and bed/bath to make your search easier. Set notifications so you’ll know when a pet-friendly 2 bedroom is available in the neighborhood you love that is near work. Never miss a property.
Take a photo of a property and get information, it is really that easy. Now when you walk by place that looks interesting you can take a photo and save it to look into later so you don’t forget where it was. If you feel strange about taking photos of someone’s house, you can search using a map and just seeing the available properties near you. Look at photos, school ratings, neighborhood safety information and more. Save your favorite properties to return to later and contact the realtor right from the app. You can even see the property history and get notified when the price changes.