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Buying A Home? These Apps Can Help!

Each day technology becomes even more impressive as new tools, products and apps are rolled out that truly have a place in your daily life. It can be exciting and exhausting to try to find the ones that will benefit you. As a homebuyer, it can be overwhelming to narrow down all the choices.  With that in mind, I have made my real estate website tech and mobile friendly in the hope that you will find the results you need in your search, however, when it comes to buying a home, these apps may  be of benefit to you as well.

Many of these apps are even offered free of charge, although they may request your location information in order to produce the results you desire. If you want more specific information or ideas on specialized apps for your tech devices, please give me a call so we can brainstorm on how I can help meet your real estate needs.  In the meantime, though, check these out!

Not sure where you want to live?

  • Sperling’s Best Places to Live. Get to know neighborhoods in-depth, complete demographics, crime information, reviews and ratings on schools and rankings on the things you care most about.
  • GreatSchools Get to know local school options and read reviews by staff and  local parents of children attending the schools. Schools are also scored based on scores and ratings.
  • Yelp Find the best restaurants, shopping, and entertainment in the area you are researching directly from the people who live there. A true “insider’s view.”


Trying to keep track of everything?

  • Evernote Keep track of your buying process, including the information on homes you have seen, complete with your personal notes!

Want to compare?

  • House Finder This tool allows you to set priorities on your wants and needs and match them to homes you are considering with the feature list and also has a mortgage calculator built in.
  • Trulia – Easy to use and even includes a help button! Depending on your mobile device, you can check and compare listings and even search by feature using your voice. Although the listing data is about 30 days behind current mls data, trulia is a good resource to begin your homebuying process. When you get serious, you should move to a local mls driven website , which has data which is updated every 24 hours. www.findnjhouse has the mls information updated every 4 hours, to ensure accurate information is delivered to you as a consumer.

Looking for actual numbers?

  • Zillow Zestimates and make me move – allow you to get an idea of what homes cost on any street and even permit you to make offers to home owners who do not have their property for sale. Although current data on the homes for sale are also 30 days behind the local mls information. Zillow can provida great resource to find homes which have sold in the past on a particular street you are interested in.
  • Realtor.com Get statistics on new homes, sold homes, and homes for sale easily and quickly, including price changes in any neighborhood.
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