5 Best Apps for People Preparing to Buy a Home

Real Estate Agent with The Martin Team at Keller Williams

        According to CNBC, “more than 4.8 billion people globally are expected to use a mobile phone by the end of 2016.” 4.8 billion, can you imagine? When it comes to home buying, a good percentage of us would rather go online to collect information first before we officially decide to buy or pick a new neighborhood to move to. It can be a difficult process to get started, so other than finding an agent, here’s a list of apps that might make the process a little easier (and fun!).


1. Real Estate & Rentals by Zillow

Available on Apple and Android, it’s no wonder that Zillow is one of the most downloaded real estate apps on the market, with over 10 million downloads on Android alone. It features listings for homes for sale and for rent on its responsive mobile platform, also including home values and an interactive map.


2. Doorsteps Swipe

Meet the Tinder of Real Estate! This mobile app is an Apple exclusive currently, but either way, home buyers and real estate agents alike to need to check this app out. Although it’s not the best idea to buy a home based on looks alone, this app is a good introduction in discovering your market and house style. It has plenty of filters to choose from, such as renting or buying, and an interactive map for you to choose your target neighborhood or town.




3. Real Estate Homes for Sale and Rent by Realtor.com

Just like the website, this app is a great place to search for real time MLS listings and even open houses! The app also features the ability to filter homes based on neighborhood or school district preferences among a few. Being user-friendly, this app always allows the user to switch between mobile and desktop platforms seamlessly.


4. Homesnap

Meet your new favorite real estate search engine! This app allows a user to snap a photo of a home to reveal real-time data used by REALTORS, such as home value, interior photos, taxes, 

related schools, and much more. It’s available on both Android and Apple, and includes a handy built-in messenger to make sharing homes with family, friends, and agents so much easier.


5. Dwellr

As an app run by the U.S. Census Bureau, Dwellr allows the user to curate a top 25 list of cities and towns they would enjoy living in based on their lifestyle preferences. It provides the user with neighborhood statistics ranging from 40 topics such as education to commuting, home value, job market, etc. 


Are we missing any other favorite apps? Comment some of your favorites, and let us know!




Comments (1)

Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I tried to find doorsteps swipe for my apple phone but iTaxi app came up instead.

Jul 28, 2017 08:35 AM
The Martin Team

Hey Mike! If you're having trouble finding it on your phone, you could go to https://www.doorstepsbuy.com/swipe and download it from their website. Hope that helps! 

Jul 28, 2017 08:42 AM