Friday, April 29, 2011

Top 5 Home Search Apps for your iPhone or iPad

The app allows you to instantly access accurate and up-to-date real estate listings in any city or in your current location on a map. Updated every 15 minutes, this app truly gives you the most up-to-date listing info. Save your favorite listings and share them with friends and family, your agent or social network. This app is available for both the iPhone and iPad. Cost: FREE

The Trulia app is specifically for the iPad, and is designed to make your home search easy and fun. It has something for everyone, allowing you to search for homes for sale, OR for rent. With cool map tools, you can view the differences between neighborhoods and cities. Listing agents’ contact info is included to call and find out more information on your favorite listings. Cost: FREE

The Zillow app also allows you to search for both homes for sale and for rent, and is designed for both the iPhone and iPad. The GPS technology on your iPhone allows you to “walk” or “drive” through neighborhoods. On your iPad, view multiple high-resolution photos side-by-side as you shop for homes. A drag and drop feature allows you to save any listing to your favorites. Cost: FREE

I know Trulia is on the list twice, but this Trulia app is only for your iPhone; a perfect search tool while you're on the go. Find nearby open houses and get driving directions from where you are. Find nearby homes for sale and apartments for rent, by doing a customized search by price, number of beds, baths and more. Like the others, you can save your favorite listings and contact the listing agent for more info. Cost: FREE

The Property Evaluator was designed for the iPad only, and is the perfect app for both real estate investors and agents. After entering some property information, investors can view performance projections that will help them make apples-to-apples comparisons before making any buying decisions. Real estate agents and lenders can use this app to send projections to their clients. Cost: $4.99

Getting property information while you’re out driving neighborhoods has never been easier with these popular apps. Since most of them are free, try out a few and decide which one you like the best. I hope they make your home search easier, and fun! Happy house hunting!

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