Starting your home search
The very first app you should download is… my personal app! 😉 You can search for properties, use the handy mortgage calculator, or contact me directly when you find a home you like. The best feature? You can view properties for sale near your current location. Take a drive out to that neighborhood you love, and see what’s available!
Similarly, Zillow and Trulia also let you search for properties and estimate your mortgage payment. While their information is mostly accurate, they’re not always up-to-date and their estimates can be way off so be sure to ask your real estate agent to verify the information before making any decisions about a property. Both apps are owned by the same company, so they tend to be very similar. Choose the one that works best for you.
While you’re out and about looking at houses, you may also want to download AroundMe. Using your current location, the app will tell you what’s nearby, including banks, stores, restaurants, gas stations, and more. This is particularly useful if you’re relocating to a new city or neighborhood you’re unfamiliar with.
Window shopping is fun, but if you’re a serious buyer, you’ll need to get organized and stay organized throughout the process.
Whether you use Apple Mail, Gmail, Yahoo, or another provider, make sure you can receive email on your phone and you have notifications turned on. You don’t want to miss any important messages from your agent, lender, or lawyer. Also, be sure to use the contact feature to keep track of names, phone numbers, and email addresses. You’ll be working with a lot of different people throughout this process!
To-do list apps like Wunderlist and Todoist are great for making lists of homes you want to see, important documents you need to sign, questions for your real estate agent or lawyer, pros and cons of homes you’ve seen, etc.
From offer to contract
Once you find your perfect home, the paperwork begins! Evernote and OneNote can help keep all of your documents organized, while apps like Adobe Scan and CamScanner make it easy to “scan” documents using your cell phone camera and email them directly to your agent, lawyer, or mortgage lender.
If you’ve gone through the home buying process before, are there any other apps that you found particularly useful? Let me know in the comments below.
I’ve personally used and can recommend all of the apps mentioned here. They are all FREE to use. This is not an ad, and I receive no commission from any of these companies.