Buying or selling a home is a major process, but it can be made much easier with the help of these convenient mobile apps. Not only do they help you identify homes that meet your search criteria, but they can also show you what amenities are in the surrounding area… all with a click of a button.

In the early stages of your home search, viewing homes online can help you decide what type of homes you like (and don’t like). As you get farther into the process, it will become a first stop in determining whether a property is worth a trip to see in person. After you set your sights on a property, there are apps that will help you design and decorate your space. Here are the top real estate apps I recommend for buyers and sellers:

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Sotheby’s International Realty Mobile App: Designed for the Luxury Home Buyer

Sotheby’s International Realty (SIR) app is our exclusive luxury property search tool. You can search for homes for sale by neighborhood, city, zip code and more. If you prefer a more interactive experience, your search results can be viewed on a map and organized by price, neighborhood or even closest to the exact point you are standing. Once you find homes that meet your search criteria, you may take a virtual tour of the extraordinary properties that appeal to you.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a social media app that allows you to pin ideas, inspiration, information, videos and things you like on a virtual Board and share them with your followers. Use it to save everything from home buyer tips to staging ideas to design inspiration.

MLS Realtor Apps: Search for Homes that Meet Your Search Criteria

There are literally hundreds of real estate databases that store information about homes listed for sale. Those databases are collectively called the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). You can search the MLS using criteria for price, beds, baths and more using any of these realtor apps. Realtor.com and Zillow even allow you to draw your own custom search area right on a map. These apps are grouped together, as all three essentially function in the same way.

Around Me: Get to Know the Neighborhood

Around Me helps you to quickly find out information about a home’s surroundings. Using your location, it displays the nearest bank, bar, coffee shop, gas station, movie theater, restaurant, supermarket, etc. This app is especially useful if you’re searching for a home in an area that is unfamiliar to you.

Mortgage Calculator and Mortgage Rates: Discover Your Purchasing Power

This app provides convenient and easy-to-use financial planning tools for homebuyers. It includes an affordability tool and a monthly payment calculator, both of which prove helpful when determining the budget parameters for your home search. In addition, it features real-time access to mortgage rates.

Dictionary of Real Estate Terms: Learn the Lingo

As is true for many industries, real estate has its own language. You’ll likely hear several new terms as you go through the home buying and/or selling process. This app defines 3,000 real estate and mortgage terms in a friendly, searchable format. Take out the guesswork and find out what unfamiliar terms mean with this comprehensive dictionary.

HomeKeepr

The HomeKeepr app is available exclusively to my clients. You can create customized home maintenance reminders and schedule them to be delivered to your phone. You get direct access to MY personal directory, which has every possible resource you need before, during and after a move.

The Bottom Line

Buying or selling a house can be a complicated process. These apps help make it easier (and even fun!). I vow to help make the process easier for you, too. I am always available to you for advice, referrals, resources and whatever else you may need.