With so much information out there and a lot to learn, getting ready to buy a home can be one of the most stressful processes for potential buyers. Home buying is a very fast-paced process, so what better way to get informed quickly then to take it all mobile. We have your guide to the best apps every home buyer and seller needs in the new digital era of real estate.
Before you begin your home search, one of the most important items on the list is budget. When considering financing options, consult a mortgage calculator app, like Quicken Loans or Zillow, which can help you determine what you can afford based on income, debts and an interest rate. Many can also let you know how much you would be pre-approved for based on estimates calculated by the app, as well as monthly payments.
If you are preparing to list or remodel your home, Houzz is a great resource to streamline the redecorating process. Launched in 2009 and innovating home design ever since, Houzz provides prospective sellers and buyers access to millions of interior design ideas, photos, and contact information and reviews for Washington D.C. real estate home design professionals. The Houzz mobile app puts home improvement inspiration at your fingertips, increasing home value for prospective sellers and providing endless ideas to new homeowners.
When looking for background information on a neighborhood, the types of properties you can expect within your budget, and comparable homes in your neighborhood, you can’t go wrong with RedFin. With features like listing updates, search filters by home types, open houses, nearby schools, and extensive information about prospective properties, RedFin is a great way to do market research as either a future buyer or seller. The app allows users to access complete and accurate MLS data, search and browse listings, share favorites with a co-buyer, friend, family or your Washington D.C. real estate agent.
The process of buying or selling a home can be very overwhelming and staying organized can help alleviate some of that stress by having everything in one place. Evernote is a note-taking app with a number of features to keep notes on a number of topics throughout the buying and selling journey including wants and needs, notes on specific properties, and financial information. Users can also create bulleted lists and attached photos and PDFs to that platform. Evernote syncs across devices so you can access what you need whether at work, home or on the go.