It’s spring, which means we are now officially in house-hunting season. More houses are up for sale and real estate agents are back on the prowl. And despite all the problems with the economy, it seems that this year, Americans have an appetite for buying homes once again. Home sales last month increased significantly compared with March 2009. Some of that is likely due to the homebuyer tax credit, which expires this week, but a recent survey showed that the majority of Americans plan to continue shopping for houses even after the credit runs out.
With all that in mind, we thought we’d bring you a few new tools that can make your search for the perfect home easier and more successful.
Real Estate by Smarter Agent
This mobile app combines three essential housing hunting app features. It shows you homes that are currently for sale across the country as well as the prices of those that have been sold in the previous three years. But, best of all, the app allows you to locate properties for sale on a GPS map, so you can find them quickly and easily. The app is also very useful for real estate agents, as it includes a “Call to See” button that connects the user directly with the agent who listed the property.The Smarter Agent app is available on both the Blackberry and the iPhone.
There’s a reason Zillow is the most popular real estate application in the iPhone AppStore. It gives you all the tools you need to get started on your real estate hunt. Similar to Smarter Agent’s app, this one shows you listed homes on a GPS map so you can drive around town and seek out the best deals. Zillow’s app also offers you a great tool called the Zestimate, which tells you how much a home should be worth. While Zillow admits this isn’t an official appraisal, their estimate does take into account “location and market conditions.” The app is available on the iPhone and Android phones, as well as on the iPad (in case you just can’t leave home without it).