10 Apps to Help You Find the Perfect Home

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Want to start your home search in your hand? Brush up on real-estate terminology? Get the walk score of a certain neighborhood? You can bet there’s an app for that. Here are 10 Apps to Help You Find the Perfect Home…

With 2014 rapidly approaching, your home buying process shouldn’t be stuck in the 1980s. You don’t have to have a daily subscription to various newspapers or driving from neighborhood to neighborhood. There are countless apps for searching for homes, understanding the real-estate lingo, finding information about loans, calculating mortgage information, and so much more. From MSN Real Estate, here are 10 great apps to help you find the perfect home!

1.      Realtor.com claims to have 3 million more listings than any other available app. You have the option to highlight areas to search, look for homes for sale near you, search for open houses, check out photos of homes, and so much more.

2.      ZipRealty has listings in nearly 5,000 cities across the country. The app allows you to view asking prices, photos of homes, distances of homes for sale from you, and homes that have sold recently. The ZipRealty app is free.

3.      The Dictionary of Real Estate Terms costs $1.99 for iPhone and iPad and is extremely useful for understanding confusing real-estate terms on the go.

4.      A Mortgage Calculator app (99 cents for iPad and iPhone) helps you figure out the finances of the home buying process. The app calculates monthly payments, the price per square foot of a home, and can creates an amortization schedule.

5.      Home Buying Power allows you to put in variables (such as what you want to pay, down payment, loan term, interest rate, income, etc.) to help you figure out how much you can afford to put toward a home payment. The app costs $1.99 for iPad and iPhone.

6.      The Walk Score app gives neighborhood scores (up to 100) based on the ability to walk to local amenities, such as grocery stores, pubs, restaurants, and shopping. The higher the score, the more ‘walkable’ the neighborhood is.

7.      Photo Measures ($4.99 for the iPhone) is an app that allows you to take pictures of various rooms in homes you walk through and record the dimensions of walls, doors, cabinets, etc. This allows you to plan out how to arrange your furniture in the new home and allows you to ensure that the home will be big enough.

8.      Safe Neighborhood is a free app for Android that allows users to access the National Sex Offender Registry and find the location of sex offenders in the area. You can search by address or name and can see pictures of the offender with this app.

9.      Similar to this app is Crime Stats (99 cents for iPad and iPhone), which shows you the crime statistics on the city you’re searching in. The app uses FBI data and allows you to see statistics on various violent crimes and property crimes and allows you to compare the statistics of a certain city to the national average and to other cities.

10.  SiteWise is an app ($9.99 for Blackberry and iPhone) that shows buyers the demographics of an area. Information comes from the National Census and creates a demographic report that includes population by age, education level, number of children in the area, average household income, number of renters, number of owners, and more.

For 5 more apps that MSN Real Estate recommends, check out the original article here!

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