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By Adrian Emmanuel | Agent in Corte Madera, CA

Must have mobile Apps for home buyers

There’s an app for nearly everything these days. The real estate market is no exception. Here are a few helpful apps for people searching for a home or those who may just be interested in the market and new technology:

App: Move Inc.’s Realtor.com Home-Search

Price: FREE

Realtor.com’s home-search app provides users with new listings, saved searches, and open house information, among many other things. It lets consumers rate and comment on listings for personal reference and share listings of interest.

App: Quick Mark

Price: FREE

 

Have you seen barcodes like this one all over lately?

These barcodes are everywhere including the real estate market right now. Once you download the app, you can take a picture of the barcode with your phone, and it will send you to a website. The Quick Mark barcode function is similar to clicking a link online.

App: Google Maps 

Price: FREE

Google Maps comes standard on most Android phones, so you may already have it installed. The Google Maps app is especially helpful when you’re searching for a home or have lost your way while house hunting. It offers step-by-step driving directions as well as map views .

App: Zillow

Price: FREE

The well-known online real estate community’s app allows you to search for nearby homes for sale and get “Zestimates” using your phone’s GPS. You can also filter homes by bedrooms and bathrooms, save your searches, and view full size photos.

App: Suburb Scout

Price: $1.99

Suburb Scout is an app that searches for possible neighborhood nuisances like airports, sewage plants, nuclear plants, landfills, railroads, and prisons. If you’re searching for a new home, this can be a useful tool in helping you make your decision.

App: Where

Price: FREE

Where is an app that provides information on the surrounding amenities of a specific area. You can find anything from nearby news, dining, movies, events, gas prices, coupons for local businesses, and reviews. Conveniently explore the area around a home without even getting in your car.

App: Karl’s Mortgage Calculator

Price: FREE

This app is useful for determining how much your monthly house payment may be.

App: iHandy Carpenter

Price: $2.99

Do you need a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, steel protractor, and/or ruler, but you don’t find yourself often carrying around a carpenter tool kit? Then this app is for you!

App: Evernote

Price: FREE

This app is great when you're out looking at homes. There are a lot of things you need to remember about each home you look at. Evernote allows you to take notes, pictures, or even use the voice recording function so you can have all your notes handy. You can then load the information from Evernote right to your computer of laptop. 

Comments

By Katherine Liberman,  Mon Apr 4 2011, 11:31
You forgot to mention four Trulia applications for iPhon, iPad, Android and other smartphones. All of them are free.
You can find details here: http://www.trulia.com/mobile/iphone/
By J. Mario Preza, CRB, CDPE,  Mon Apr 4 2011, 13:56
I attended a Realtor.Com presentation on this new wave of tools, gadgets and widgets for the "mobile agent" of the next generation, but I often wonder if like driving while texting or communicating over the cell phone, such a phenomenon is all that it purports. After all, we're still in the people, homes, finance and paper business, are we not? Don't get me wrong, I'm writing you on my desk top, but I also see how slowly our industry is becoming that much less indispensable, and thus, less of an important facet for most tech-savvy folks out there. Or is this just the way it is being presented? Thanks for sharing.

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