Best Real Estate Apps
By Elli Davis, August 15, 2013
Smartphones make our daily lives a great deal easier. They keep us connected with our loved ones, help us remember all our meetings, and even show us the quickest way to any destination. We turn to smartphones again when we seek a new apartment or house. So what are the top five apps for real estate agents and customers?
Real Estate Agents’ and Customers’ Favourites
Homes.com Mortgage Calculator App (free)
This is one of the most convenient apps around for real estate agents and customers alike for several reasons. First, the application is free, while some others cost $1.99 or more. Secondly, it can do everything that more expensive apps can do — and a lot more. Whether you hesitate between renting and buying, want to know your monthly payment, or calculate an interest rate, with this app, you are only a few clicks away from your answer. The app is a great help for real estate agents as well, as they can immediately answer all questions about payments or mortgages — cost-free.
Toronto Real Estate MLS Home Search by Maria Iaconetti Real Estate (free)
MLS.ca has a long record of helping Torontonians to find their dream homes, and that makes this app a must-have if you are in the market to buy or sell real estate. The true value of this app is in its features, which enable you to search hundreds of homes with details of the properties and view photos and prices of the properties you like. You can use extensive search filters and save your search criteria. Email your favourite listings to your family and see what they think. Then, you are just one tap away from contacting a real estate agent to view the homes or to get more detailed information. Have I mentioned that the app has a built-in mortgage calculator to help you tackle the price question?
Homes.com Real Estate Search — Homes & Apartments For Sale or Rent (Free)
This is another practical app from Homes.com. It makes looking for a new home much easier and more enjoyable. You can browse high-resolution real estate photos of homes and apartments for sale and rent, or see what price range homes in your favourite neighbourhood are selling and renting for. There are several customizable filters that help you with the information overload. Try real estate search filters like price, neighbourhood, number of beds, and more, and if you have already found your dream house, you can drive to it following turn-by-turn, built-in navigation while you contact the real estate agent. It is all there waiting for you — just tap to install.
REALTOR.ca by The Canadian Real Estate Association (free)
REALTOR.ca is a remarkable application for both iPhone and Android users offered by the Canadian Real Estate Association. You have all available properties for sale and rent at your fingerprints. The application has many advantages compared to the REALTOR.ca website. It uses your handheld’s GPS capabilities to determine your location and tailor your search directly to your needs. Have you just discovered a new part of a town and are you wondering what the homes there are like? No problem, you can have a look immediately and if you like what you find, tap on the listing and connect with a realtor to arrange a viewing. Don’t worry about remembering the date; you have it saved in your calendar.
Real Estate Agents’ Favourite
Almobion Inc. UWow Open House Manager for Real Estate Agent ($2.99)
Managing and planning skills are absolutely vital for every real estate agent. The better you can manage your clients, viewings, and meetings, the better impression you leave, and the higher the chance that a couple seeking their new home will become your clients. In times when a paper agenda is not enough, smartphones and tablets come in handy. However, here comes another task to handle: which planner do you choose? Is iCal enough, or should you download something else? Open House Managers helps real estate agents to manage all their viewings. You can save names, numbers, emails and addresses, small notes, and house details. Everything you need to know about your clients and the houses they are interested in is neatly stored in one application.
What are your top real estate apps? Let me know in the comments below to make my list longer.