YOUR DREAM HOME AWAITS!

8 FREE REAL ES­TATE APPS TO SIM­PLIFY YOUR SEARCH

iPhone Life Magazine - - Productivity - BY AN­JERIKA WILMER

Ready to look for a new home, but don't know where to start? For­get spend­ing count­less hours on­line or check­ing your news­pa­per's lo­cal list­ings—there's a quicker, more ef­fi­cient way to find your dream prop­erty. As well as post­ing pho­tos and prices, many of the fol­low­ing apps list pre­vi­ous sale prices of neigh­bor­ing homes, lo­cal crime rates, and even rank­ings of nearby schools. All of you po­ten­tial new home­own­ers can now breathe a col­lec­tive sigh of re­lief as th­ese eight free apps sim­plify your real es­tate ex­pe­ri­ence.

LOOK­ING TO BUY

Real Es­tate by Redfin (Free) Redfin is one of the most so­phis­ti­cated real es­tate apps on the mar­ket, claim­ing the most cur­rent list­ings (up­dated ev­ery few min­utes) and 20 per­cent more agent-listed homes than com­peti­tors. While limited to larger cities, Redfin makes find­ing a new home a cinch for those search­ing within the 32 US metro ar­eas it serves. The app's user-friendly in­ter­face, col­lec­tion of aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing pho­tos for each res­i­dence, and am­ple sup­ply of de­tails—in­clud­ing open houses and tours—sets it apart from the pack. If the prop­erty you're view­ing is flagged as a “Hot Home,” act quickly! This sim­ply means some­one will likely snap it up within 10 days. Real Es­tate by Zil­low (Free) From brown­stones in ur­ban neigh­bor­hoods to sprawl­ing coun­try­side es­tates, Zil­low boasts the most com­pre­hen­sive list­ings of homes for sale. A quick search of your tar­geted city will yield in­stant re­sults, thanks to the app's fast-load­ing maps. In­cluded in each list­ing you'll find the prop­erty's sale his­tory, val­ues of neigh­bor­ing homes, in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal schools, and the es­ti­mated monthly cost of util­i­ties. Sign up for Zil­low's no­ti­fi­ca­tions to stay in­formed of any new mar­ket list­ings or price drops in your area. Homes­nap (Free) Well, here's a rev­o­lu­tion­ary con­cept in the world of real es­tate apps: just snap and go. Thanks to Homes­nap, you can take a photo of the home you're eye­ing, and with the help of GPS, the app will pull up the list­ing for the prop­erty. Along with all the com­mon fea­tures you'd ex­pect in a real es­tate app, Homes­nap also fea­tures prices for sim­i­lar and re­cently sold homes. So­cial me­dia en­thu­si­asts will find Homes­nap es­pe­cially con­ve­nient,

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