By Kandy Klee
A recent tour to the Reagan Spy Exhibit stated that more information is available on our iPhones today than was available to the President of the United States in the 80s. Real estate is no exception. iPhones, ever changing websites and apps have made home buying and selling easier and loads more fun!
Home and open house searches
Zillow: Zillow allows a user to see sold home values. Studying sold prices is key when considering selling your home. An appraisal on your home will consider comparable home sold values to help determine your home value. Use a Realtor to help you adjust the comp values correctly, but Zillow is a good “first rough draft.”
Realtor.com, Trulia.com, Redfin.com. are all good searches for homes for sale and open houses.
Tourfactory.com: This is a great website of virtual tours of homes for sale mostly shot by professional photographers. Enjoy the beautiful twilight photos. It’s also available on Google TV so you can watch home tours while you fold laundry!
Movoto: This home search tool includes school information. Remember to check with your Realtor and the school district to confirm the information is correct, but this is a good starting point.
Real estate calculator: This is 99 cent app will do the basics of calculating mortgage payments.
ReCalc-real estate mortgage loan calculator: This free app will calculate monthly payments and provide an amortization table that can be emailed and saved for future.
BA II plus financial calculator: It’s not a free app but very detailed. This app will calculate the time value of money, calculate depreciation and even perform cash flow analysis.
Home buying Power: ($1.99) This app allows you to enter the dollar amount you have available for a down payment and it will determine the home value you can afford.
Property Evaluator-real estate: It’s a good app for investors beginning to evaluate a flip.
REI, REO, Escrow, Esign, what? Do you feel like your agent is speaking in a foreign language? There are apps to help decipher the code.
Dictionary of real estate terms: ($8.99) This defines terms and has charts and graphs.
Glossary of Real Estate Terms and Phrases is $1.99.
Home ideas, staging ideas or just for fun
Houzz Interior Design Ideas: This is a free app with beautiful home photos. It’s great for decorating and staging ideas.
Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine: This free app offers ideas by season.
Home Design Inspiration and Cost: This fun, free app allows users to collect photos and estimate project costs.
Homesnap: It takes a photo of any home to see it’s current value and sale history. This is an easy way to see if a neighborhood is in the price range you want to be in before you call an agent.
Crumbtracks: ($1.99) Remembering the beautiful granite countertops, but can’t remember which house they were in? This app let’s you save photos, make notes, and even videos of homes you have toured.
But …you’ll miss out on the fun if you can’t find your phone. You can download the app, Find My IPhone! It’s free!