Top 5 Apps to Find your Next Home
Whether you’re looking for a rental property or your forever home, there are plenty of apps available to aid your search. The reality is that the app that is the most helpful to a homebuyer will be the one they decide is easiest to use. The inventory on each site is going to be very similar, as listings are typically syndicated from the same central location, the local Multiple Listing Service or “MLS.”
Here’s the list, in no particular order.
Keller Williams has developed an app that pulls up-to-date and current listing information in an easy-to-use interface for those looking online for their next home. Look at listings, save your favorites, and contact an agent to get inside. Use the drawing tool to identify an area of interest and browse homes at your fingertips. Looking for a rental? Hit the “For Rent” button and you’ll get instant access to the local rentals in the area. Choose The Kink Team as your agent and you’ll have our guidance at the click of a button.
When a new listing hits the MLS, Realtor.com is the first website to get the information, often times in as little as fifteen minutes. Zillow and Trulia’s inventory update daily, although their lead times for new listings is getting smaller. Another feature of Realtor.com is the ability to add layers to your search criteria for local schools and districts. If you’re interested in getting the newest homes on the market first, Realtor.com is your best bet. Check out Realtor.com Here.
Zillow’s App allows searches for properties for sale, rent and even potential listings that may be hitting the market soon due to foreclosure. Simple filters like price, bed/bath and home type such as condo or single family home are all included. Browse around the map to check out recent sold listings to price shop. The Zillow app makes it easy to search for your next home. Check out Zillow.com here.
Trulia’s App starts with a selection of local open homes, new listings, and a sample of average priced homes for the area to start your search. Searching for homes is made easy by drawing a circle around the area of interest, or by using the same search criteria as Zillow’s app. Trulia’s app is a very user-friendly app that makes the search process easy and engaging. Check out Trulia Here.
HotPads is another search app utilizing localized mapping and options to search for homes for sale, rent, or local open houses. With tremendous ease of use, it keeps the home search process simple, showing you only the bare minimum while allowing you to dive deeper to get all the information you wish. Interested in hearing more from the agent? Hit the call button or email button to open a line of communication on the particular listing of interest. Check out Hotpads here.
Once you’ve found a few places you like using the app of your choice, give us a call! We’d be happy to get you inside the homes or condos that you’re interested in!