Leverage Your Time ~ Looking for Decorating Ideas & Real Estate Apps?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

If you’re a buyer or seller there are many apps to help you with decorating ideas and real estate searches. Are you looking for homes or how to get a handle on what prices are doing in your local area or an area you are considering a move?


Check out these 9 apps:

REALTOR.COM - Buyers can search over 3 million homes for sale and have their Realtor notified when a home is saved    iOs/Android


NEW YORK TIMES REAL ESTATE – Browse fully illustrated listings all over the world by searching for properties by key word, zip code, or use the nearby GPS feature to find open houses and listings near you. Calculate payments, refine listings by price, upload private photos and notes into any listing to save for later.   iOS/Android

NEXT DOOR – The best way to stay in the know about what is going on in your neighborhood.   iOS



TRULIA - Real Estate searches have never been easier.   iOS/Android



ZILLOW – Calculate home value estimates (beware Texas is a non disclosure state so these Zestimates are inaccurate), apply extensive search filters. iOS/Android


LIVING ROOM – Arrange furniture in rooms to scale.   iOS




LIGHT TRAC - Determine elevation and angle of the sun for any time of the day or year for a specific Location.   iOS/Android



MAGIC PLAN – Measure your room and draw a floor plan just by taking pictures. You can then get the floor plan in a PDF, JPG and DXF format or publish them on the web.    iOS/Android


HOUZZ – Called the “Wikipedia of interior design” by CNN. Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas on the net. Browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your virtual book. iOS/Android


Planning and organizing our home space is as important as in our business life.

Every minute spent organizing is an hour earned…..anonymous.

Remember…. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”Benjamin Franklin


P.S. If you are a homeowner thinking of selling, a prospective buyer or just curious about real estate in NW Austin; I welcome the opportunity to discuss our market. Feel free to contact me at 512-346-1799 or dillard@reloaustin.com. I offer you hands on Professional guidance serving residential home buyers and sellers, I can help you reach your goals.

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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing the tips on the apps.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 07, 2017 07:03 PM #14
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Good resources...other than Illow who has the least amount of correct information on ridiculous Zestimates...sorry Dorie...this should not be on anyone's list in our opinion.

Jun 08, 2017 12:31 AM #15
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Dorie.  So many apps I know are out there. It would be difficult to know which one to choose

Jun 08, 2017 02:13 AM #16
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Great share Dorie, and I do use most of these but I have to say my photographer does the best floor plans for me to use for clients.

Jun 08, 2017 04:19 AM #17
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm not a huge app fan and have very few. I will check these out!

Jun 08, 2017 06:17 AM #18
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie Dillard,  Great blog, that is what I love about the rain, we all learn from each other.

Jun 08, 2017 06:32 AM #19
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Dorie - as is now commonly said, "There's an App for that."  Looks like some good ones.

Jun 08, 2017 07:45 AM #20
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks for sharing.

Some of the apps are new to me, I will take a look at them.

Jun 08, 2017 08:13 AM #21
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Never heard of Magic Plan, Looking forward to trying it out. Thanks for sharing. 

Jun 08, 2017 09:07 AM #22
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Thanks for sharing your list of apps. I find I use the same half dozen over and over and need to delete those I never use.

Jun 08, 2017 08:37 PM #23
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks, Dorie.  These are some very good suggestions for consumers looking for a real estate related app.

Jun 09, 2017 04:47 AM #24
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


That's a great way to take advantage of the digital world.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 09, 2017 09:03 PM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


            Thank you Dorie Dillard 

Jun 10, 2017 05:28 PM #26
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morningDorie. Many good sources and a lot to think about here. Have a great day.

Jun 11, 2017 05:20 AM #27
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week!

Jun 11, 2017 06:25 AM #28
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Those apps look like enough fun to make me almost wish I had one of those phones. Of course I'd have to go sit in town to use it, but...

Jun 11, 2017 09:49 AM #29
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

These are great tips, Dorie. I have to admit I am pretty careful about what apps I load but I see several that appeal to me and are worth checking out, and certainly sharing with clients who have a need.


Jun 12, 2017 02:02 PM #30
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Dorie,

Know several of these, but have never heard of Magic Plan. Sounds magical.

Jun 13, 2017 10:44 PM #31
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thanks for the tips on apps. I'm definitely going to add 2 - Light Trac and Magic Plan.  I appreciate your expertise!

Jun 15, 2017 12:28 PM #32
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

I have this app Magic plan  for years on my phone, but never used it...thanks for reminding about it:) 

Sep 27, 2017 04:50 PM #33
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