5 Apps to Help You Buy a Home

Jul 15, 2015

The journey to buying a home can seem like a daunting one for first-time buyers. Luckily, they don’t have to go it alone. New smartphone apps available today can help people find the right real estate agents, the right neighborhoods, and the right homes for them. Here are a few apps that may help you on your quest toward buying your new home.

1. Homesnap

Ever driven past a gorgeous home and wondered just how much it costs? With Homesnap, that information is a pic away. Tapping into a database for real estate agents, Homesnap allows its users to take a picture of any home and immediately receive a report on the home’s estimated price, last sale date, square footage, number of rooms, and a list of similar homes in the area on the market. If the home is for sale and you’re an interested buyer, the app will provide you with the listing and real estate agent information.

2. Doorsteps Swipe by Realtor.com

Sponsored by Realtor.com, Doorsteps Swipe has been labeled the Tinder of real estate by Pando.com. But unlike Tinder, the popular dating app, Doorsteps Swipe moves outside Tinder’s “swipe right if you like, swipe left if you don’t” premise. Users can filter their real estate search by rent vs. buy, location, price, number of bedrooms, and pet policy. If you end up finding your perfect home, the app lets you share a listing with friends and family for a second opinion and provides you with the seller’s real estate agent information to set up a tour or begin negotiations.

3. HOME by Fannie Mae

Designed to help you wherever you are in the homeownership journey, HOME by Fannie Mae™ provides users with free homebuying educational tools. These features include expert tips, step-by-step checklists, and financial calculators to estimate your monthly mortgage payments and more. By simplifying the financial nuances of homeownership, HOME by Fannie Mae™ will provide you with accessible answers to questions like “Can I afford to buy a home?” or “What’s the next step in my home buying process?”

4. Redfin

Redfin, a real estate company that provides real estate brokerage services and a real estate database, recently incorporated the Matterport 3-D virtual reality technology as a feature of its app. Redfin’s interactive software allows you to tour a home in your pajamas and weed out listings that aren’t a fit. But if you like what you see, the app also includes a “Book It Now” feature to schedule in-person tours of homes with a real estate agent.

5. Lovely

Lovely is a homeownership app that is location-based. The app uses geotagging to make it easier to find listings near you. Lovely will send alerts in real time to ensure that users don’t miss a listing in their area and hear about it close to the time it hits the market. Have a pet? Well, Lovely will help there too, as the app shows if the listing you are looking at is dog and/or cat friendly.

Smartphone apps have made it easier than ever for prospective homeowners to locate, research, and eventually buy the right home for them. There are many more home-related apps available in any app store, so browse around, check the ratings for each app, and see which one suits your interests.

Disclaimer: References to third-party suppliers or to their products and services in this article should not be construed as an endorsement by Fannie Mae of such third-party suppliers and/or to their products and services.


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