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Real-estate property buyers: best Android and iPhone apps for your house hunt

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Real-estate property buyers: best Android and iPhone apps for your house hunt

If you are looking for a new place to rent or if you are ready to make the big move and buy a new property, you might want to have seen the best offers on the market.

Luckily, in this day and age, you can do so on your phone (be it an Android or iPhone), provided that you have the right apps and the patience to look through all the available real estate properties available.

In this article, we have picked the best apps for Android and iPhone that one can use in their pursuit towards that dream home. Some have a great selection of properties, others shine with a clever interface and yet other ones will allow you to filter your search in the best way possible. Take a look at each of these apps and see which ones you can use in your search.

Realtor.com

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Rentals
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Realtor.com is the biggest name when it comes to buying and renting, and as such it features a truly massive catalog of properties that you get to pick from. Usually, this should be one of the most important criteria for home buyers: after all, nobody wants to miss that one dream property.

It also has a very convenient interface with the option to quickly swipe between pictures without even going into the ad, to see whether you are interested.


Redfin


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Redfin allows you to search all nearby homes that are available for sale or have a custom area to track. The app takes pride in its up-to-date listings, as the catalog gets swiftly updated as often as every 30 minutes. Powered by local MLS listings, the app has a very wide selection of offerings. It allows users to plan open house visits, search for homes near specific schools, and the most useful option of reading comments by Redfin agents who describe the state of particular homes after they've actually visited them.


Trulia


Download for Android | iPhone

Trulia allows you to filter your home search by location, house features, or you can simply enter keywords to see real estate listings and homes for rent. Save your criteria to get real-time notifications about properties that you have saved and be alerted instantly when new homes that match your search hit the market.


Zillow


Download for Android | iPhone

Zillow provides access to a vast database of pre-market, recently sold and current for-sale properties. What's nice is that also brings estimated values of more than 110 million homes to prospective buyers. It features a cool "Draw" feature for house hunters to map out a specific search area with their fingers.


Xome


Download for iPhone

Xome features a dashboard that can bring them in contact with real estate agents and mortgage brokers, while later in the process of purchasing, it is possible to use the dashboard to track the status of purchase contracts and loans.


Doorsteps Swipe


Download for iPhone

Doorsteps Swipe will feel like home for regular Tinder users: it has the same interface, but for properties, as you just "Swipe" right on the ones you like (and this way save it for later), and swipe left on the one that you don't like to pass on it. The ones you've swiped to like get a little badge, and are neatly synced with a Doorsteps.com account for easy sharing with friends and co-searchers.


Lovely - rent


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Lovely is a well-designed app that makes home-hunting a very visual experience, arranging the listings neatly on a map and automatically bringing new listings to your device. The neat option for a renter card will save you time when applying for rent in various places and it just makes the process appear seamless. Lovely is an app that delivers rentals exclusively, there are no properties for sale here, but that might be a good thing, as it does offer a couple of bonus features that renters will appreciate. You can also save favorite listings, messages and history organized from your inbox.

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posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:07

1. hexa-core. (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


Wow. This article isn't really phone-related.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 16:54

3. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


And it isn't accurate either. In the Seattle area the only one of those apps that would give you all the listings would be Redfin, but there are other local apps that would do the same thing which are not mentioned. In other areas that wouldn't necessarily be true. In some areas Realtor.com, Trulia and/or Zillow might have all the listings.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:24

2. casualuser (unregistered)


Technically it already would be possible (if it isn't already) that one looks up a nice house via these real estate apps. Then the buyer pays it as in-app purchase. Verification could be done via eye-scanner or other scanner method.

Then you go to your taxi app and order a taxi to take you to your new home that has iris-scanner as a door lock and it opens up automatically after verified you as the owner and you are in a new home. All this just by using your phone.

Near future is even more mobile than today.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 16:55

4. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Yes, houses are fungible. /sarc

Even renting an apartment over the Internet would be foolish.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 16:33

5. PrestigeWorldWide25 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Mar 2016)


I would keep an eye out for Avenue, I don't think it's on android yet but definitely on iPhones. It's pretty useful if you need a question answered right away.

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