Deb Tebbs Group

Cascade Sotheby's International Realty

4 Apps for Prospective Home Buyers

house on tablet in handsReal estate agents bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. With a trust agent by your side and a wide variety of helpful and innovative apps, people who are shopping for a new home are a swipe away from getting the information they need to make the entire buying process as stress-free and easy as possible. Here are four handy apps for homebuyers:

     Homesnap

The free Homesnap app, which is available for both iOS and Android, lets the camera on your phone provide needed information about homes that are for sale. If you are driving around the neighborhood and you spot a home you like, simply pull over and take a photo of it. Homesnap will provide you with all sorts of property details including how much it last sold for, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, tax info, local school ratings and more. If the home is currently listed for sale, the app might also allow you to see interior photos of the residence. The MLS app can even connect you with a real estate agent who can arrange a showing.

     AroundMe

If you are buying a home in an area that you are already familiar, you might have an idea about what sorts of shopping, banks and medical facilities are in the area. But if you have just moved to a new city or state, chances are good you’ll need some help determining what amenities are located close to the neighborhoods you like.The free AroundMe app identifies where you are currently located and then lets you look up nearby businesses like restaurants, hospitals and banks. If being close to a favorite grocery store or other type of businesses is important to you, then this app can pinpoint which homes you might want to bid on.

     Zillow Real Estate

When it comes to real estate apps, Zillow Real Estate is the grandfather of them all. The free app lets you look up a whopping 110 million+ homes in the United States that are currently for sale or rent. If you are interested in purchasing a foreclosed home, the app includes listings in your region as well as information on bank-owned properties. When you find homes that you are interested in, the app will let you know if and when their asking prices are reduced, and when open houses have been scheduled.

     LifeLock Wallet

Part of the home buying process involves making sure that your credit is in good standing so you can qualify for the best interest rate possible. In order to keep tabs on your finances and make sure that no one is trying to steal your identity — which can lead to all sorts of credit nightmares — consider downloading the LifeLock Wallet app. In addition to including digital copies of your various accounts so you can easily access them from your phone, the LifeLock Wallet app allows you to immediately cancel your credit cards if they are lost or stolen. The app also includes paid access to LifeLock’s identity protection programs, which will monitor your accounts 24/7/365 and make sure there is no fraudulent activity going on.

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