Top Apps to Download When Buying a Home

“The right home for the right price” – If only finding it was as easy as saying it. To do so these days, you can’t be just a good property hunter. Now buyers expect realtors to play builder, designer, and financial expert all at the same time.

1. “Will my Grandma’s antique table fit here?”

When touring a home, it’s usually not the total square footage that keeps potential home owners from stepping toward closing. Many times there’s one wall, nook, or doorway where the feet – or inches – cause them to question whether a home is right.

It’s likely that you won’t know exactly how your favorite furniture will fit. But, if you’re serious about closing the deal, you can get your hands on the answer, and quickly.

The apps for answering furniture fit:

Here are two apps that allow you to simply take a photo of the space you want measured and calculate an accurate measure with your fingers.

Photo Measures for iOS  My Measures for Android
 Price: $4.99  Price: $4.99

2. “I wonder what we could do with this space?”

Whether you want to admit it or not, there are certain homes with designs that are, well, let’s just say “interesting.” You need to outside the box (or whatever shape you’re dealing with.)

The apps for instant room ideas:

Check out this interior design database right from your phone to help get your decorative juices flowing and generate ideas for how to use those “interesting” spaces.

Houzz for: iOS and Android
 
Price: Free

3. “What were they thinking with these walls?”

Ok, so maybe the floral wallpaper or the do-it-yourself sponge-painting wasn’t the previous owner’s best choice ever. Don’t dwell on the current look. Instead, decide “What are you thinking for these walls?”

The more you imagine yourselves living in the home, the better. It helps get one step closer to purchase.

The apps for seeing past the ugly wall:

Selling potential is easy when you can show potential.

 Color Capture available for iOS and Android  ColorClix available for iOS and Android  Wall Painter available for iOS
     
 Price: Free  Price: Free  Price: $.99

4. “What’s nearby?”

No one is ever just looking for a home. You’re looking for a neighborhood and lifestyle. Be prepared to know the neighborhood  with tips and insights to share on the surrounding area.

Tools for looking like the neighborhood know-it-all :

Have your iPad or laptop? Get all the information you need with Trulia Local, recently nominated as a top 5 finalist for SXSW’s 2013 Interactive Awards.

Only traveling with your home? We hope you’ve got the Trulia for Agents App to manage your business, but make sure to use the great “nearby” features on our Trulia app that bring Trulia Local right to your handheld device.

Available for iOS and Android

Price: Free

5. “What will our mortgage on this place look like?”

Even if you love the home you’re viewing, the ultimate question is: can we afford it?

Don’t wait to run the numbers. Estimate the cost commitment on the spot with one of these free mortgage calculator apps for your smartphone.

Apps for estimating monthly mortgage payment:

There are lots of mortgage apps out there, so make sure you choose one that’s simple and actually works. Here are a few of our top picks:

Karl’s Mortgage Calculator for Android  Simple Mortgage Payment for iOS  Trulia’s Mortgage App for iOS.
     
 Price: Free  Price: Free  Price: Free

6. “Can we make an offer?”

Cue the hallelujah chorus. It’s time to make an offer.

Keep the transaction moving forward smoothly and quickly through the offer, contract, and other paperwork sign-offs that can seem overwhelming. Take advantage of document signing tools to avoid being slowed down by a pile of paperwork.

Apps that help get an offer signed from anywhere:

 Docusign Ink for iOSand Android  HelloSign for iOS
 Price: Free  Price: Free

Keep these tips and smartphone tools in mind when you’re out and on the go. When it comes to buying a home, these apps could be the difference between a closed deal or a ‘so close’ deal.

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