The abundance of apps for just about anything on your smartphone can be very advantageous to someone shopping for a house. Nearly every real estate app functions the same way and pull the same MLS listings, meaning which one you download could just come down to a personal preference. However, all of the apps come along with these benefits:
Easy to See Comparables
Figuring out how much to pay for a home depends a lot on what similar houses in the same area have sold for in the recent past. Most real estate apps will give you this information on your smartphone, giving you a good idea what you can expect to pay even before negotiations begin.
Keeps Your Search Local
If you want to keep your search specifically in one zip code, a real estate app will let you do that. Brokers work on commission and they may be tempted to show you something you might like, but just outside the area where you are looking. When you search by zip code, you only get homes for sale in that zip code, meaning you don’t have to waste your time having a home pitched to you that you would have no interest in owning.
Gives You Information on Every Home in Your Hand
Having the entire MLS listing at your fingertips for a home gives you a lot of information that your real estate agent may not even know. You can also pull up all of the information on other homes in the area which can be helpful for price comparison purposes, or you may decide to tour a home you saw on the app instead. The knowledge gleaned from the real estate app can make your house hunt much more simple, and help you narrow your options down to find the exact house that you want.
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