These days, there is an app for EVERYTHING. It won’t be long until there is an app for tying your shoes. While some may think the supply of apps is excessive, these modern day features can be great tools for home buyers. There are hundreds of new home options in the Augusta Metro area opening up every day, and narrowing down the search can be difficult, not to mention time consuming. These five apps will make it easy for you to find not one but several perfect homes, research each one, then determine the ones you can actually afford. All at the touch of a button. You can even get refinancing advice. This is not your parents’ home buying experience…provided you have a compatible phone and a data plan of course.
Real Estate by Trulia– Free
What began as an online real estate company, has tailored itself into a convenient phone app for those seeking a new home in the Augusta Metro area. This app has everything you need when searching through potential listings. Narrow your search to find the house that is exactly right for you and your family. Trim the selection by searching for a rental or a home to own. You can also plug in your current location for find the listings closest to you. You can further narrow your search by selecting a certain lot size, year, and square footage. If you want to find what is available to view today, use the open house option to find those homes near you. Trulia also syncs with Yelp so you can find restaurants near the area, check reviews, and call for reservations. The map feature allows you to find nearby amenities like gas stations and grocery stores, or local schools. Basically this is a palm-sized real estate agent, but if you would like a real-life one, it can also help you find one of those.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a few locations, use this app to store them under favorites and reference later. If you’re not completely convinced, store your home preferences. The second a home with those features hits the market, Lovely will alert you of a potential dream home. And trust that when your dream home goes on the market in the Augusta Metro area you will want to be the first to know.
The features of Homesnap allow you to research more than just square footage about the homes you like. Users can simply snap a photo of a house, and Homesnap will tell them everything they need to know including investment and appreciation potential. If you’re looking to make a profit or flip a home, you are going to love this feature. Like Lovely, Homesnap allows you to store your favorites as well as see what homes your friends are looking at. Hope you get there before they do!
Zillow Mortgages– Free
Ok. You have found your home. It’s the right size, the right location, and now all you need to know is whether it is the right price. With their affordability calculator Zillow Mortgages helps you figure out if you can pay for that dream home.
Once you plug in mortgage cost, Zillow will configure your required income and the expected monthly mortgage payments. If you come to find that dream home is out of your price range, Zillow will search for homes that better suit your financial situation. When you’re ready to refinance, Zillow can assist with that as well. Their refinance calculator will let you know how much you need to save. If you’re underwater, Zillow will tell you your options. But hopefully, if you get the app soon enough, it won’t come to that.
Trulia Mortgages– Free
Input the property price, the down payment, your credit score, and your zip code, and instantly view personalized monthly mortgage rates.
Trulia Mortgages can help you figure out how much you are going to own on your new home and will tell you just what you can afford. After you set your income, monthly debts, down payment and interest rate, the app will tell you what your price range is and how much it’s going to cost you each month. It’s up to you to heed their warning. Trulia is also similar to Zillow in that it can help you refinance. Just plug in the property value and your current mortgage balance. The app will do the rest. Graphs depict how much you’ll save each month and how much you’ll save overall.
GET SMART with your home buying and put that smartphone to better use than browsing Facebook. Start researching your next home in the Augusta GA Metro area today.