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The Best Apps for House Hunters

The Best Apps for House Hunters

The perfect home can be found with the click of a button. There are numerous real estate sites out there but some have what others don't. Here are the best apps for house hunters. The apps listed here are available in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for free.



Hotpads

Key feature: unique map layout


Hotpads has a large catalog of houses and apartments for rent. The app allows the user to search for rental properties by altering the search options to fit specific needs. The Hotpads app features an easy-on-the-eyes map with "pinned" properties that fit the search criteria. Zoom in and out, drag the map around to view different zones without having to constantly update search filters.


Zillow

Key feature: Rent Zestimate


While Zillow displays properties for rent and for sale, this app has more features for home buyers and sellers specifically. A key feature is the Zillow Rent Zestimate, an estimated home value calculation. Use this figure to shop comparatively for the new place to call home. Zillow has covered several steps in the process, smoothing the transition to a new home. Taking it a step further, Zillow Offers is a feature that allows a home to be sold directly to Zillow. Toggle with search filters including school districts, square footage, pet-friendly properties, and much more.


Trulia Real Estate

Key feature: What Locals Say


Trulia Real Estate gives a detailed look into what the neighborhood is really like. There are over 30 overlays to be applied to the map to find the place with the perfect schools and commute details. What Locals Say gives an insider's perspective on things to look out for or take advantage of in a particular neighborhood. Take a 3D tour of a neighborhood and find property owner contact info all in the same place.


Redfin Real Estate

Key feature: 3D walkthrough


The Redfin app is a home search app designed to help a prospective home buyer through the entire process. Redfin prides itself on being powered by the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) which is updated very frequently. There are real estate agents available to assist with inquiries from home seekers. A key feature is the 3D walkthrough giving a real-life peek into what the inside of the home looks and feels like. This app specifically lists properties for sale and alerts the user when new listings are made available.



Whether in the market for buying, selling, leasing, or renting there are countless options for real estate companies. Apps provide a convenient place to compile favorite available properties and landlord information. Happy hunting on whichever app best fits your needs. 



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