When looking to buy a home, you can find some of the best tools for the search in the palm of your hand, now that the number of real-estate applications for smartphones has exploded.
Here are some of the free ones that might come in handy. You can download them from Apple’s iTunes Store, the Android Market and BlackBerry’s App World store.
For the iPhone or Android, this app offers insights into neighborhoods. When searching by location, users can find reviews by locals of area restaurants and schools. To gauge a neighborhood’s purchase activity, Trulia’s heat maps shows the concentration of sales in a community.
This app, one of the most downloaded level apps in the iTunes and Android stores, allows you to measure the slopes and angles of a home. Fire up the app, put the phone wide-angle on the surface you are inspecting, and let it calibrate the angle of the floor and kitchen counters and the verticality of walls and windows.
This app, for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, can be of real value to prospective homebuyers who practice feng shui. Most phones have compasses loaded in, but there are many apps with the Chinese feng shui compass, which is used to analyze energy in a room.
The app, available for iPhone and Android, allows you to figure out what your mortgage payment would be with real-time updates of average 30-year fixed interest rates.
This new app, for iPhone and Android, lets users search RealtyTrac’s 1.5 million foreclosure listings by city or ZIP code. The results are displayed on a map or in list form with details about each home such as price, number of bedrooms and baths and square footage. Pictures are typically available, and the app gives an estimated market value. Users can pay 99 cents for more details about a home.
If you are looking to buy or sell a property in New Albany, Gahanna, Blacklick, Westerville, or another Central Ohio community, please contact The Raines Group. We offer professional real estate advice and are happy to help you achieve your real estate goals. Please contact us today via our online contact form or by calling The Raines Group at 614-418-7417.