If you’re buying a home, then chances are you’ll be looking at several homes before you find the one you want to (or are able to) buy. And while that house hunting process might be fun (at first), it can also get a little complicated and chaotic. If you’re in that situation, check out these 8 iPhone apps that will make you more knowledgeable and make your entire house hunting experience more organized:
Having trouble remembering the dimensions of a property you visited? In most cases, the MLS sheet’s ‘Apx Sqft: 1400-1599’ info isn’t very helpful. The MagicPlan app allows you to survey and record the layout of a property you’ve visited just by snapping a few pictures.
While this one might be obvious, it’s also really helpful. With nothing more than an address, or even just by allowing the GoogleEarth app access to your location, you can explore a your potential new neighbourhood and get a sense of what it might be like living there, at least visually anyways.
The Realtor.ca app is pretty much the go to app when it comes to searching for real estate. Although it’s not the most beautiful app, it’s really accurate with up-to-date listing info. One of it’s best features is being able to pull up your location, and seeing everything around you that’s on the MLS. Overall, this app does a lot, and it’s pretty indispensable as part of your home search.
Evernote allows you to take notes while you’re on the go, but with a big extension store, it does a lot more than that if you want it to. One of the good ways for buyers to use it is to create a new note for each property you visit, and include the important details about the property, like notes about what you liked and didn’t like, attachments (like the MLS sheet), and even video or audio recordings that you want to remember later. In a lot of ways it’s more or less a big, digital file folder for the property.
IdeaPlaces is an awesome note taking app that allows you to take notes based on a specific location. For example, if you’re looking at multiple homes in a day, you can mark each location on a map, and include information like notes, photos, reminders, and more, which makes it really easy to refer back at the end of a busy day of looking at properties all in a really nice map interface. And since it syncs up with Dropbox and Evernote, everything you use IdeaPlaces for can be kept in one convenient place.
If you’re going downtown to look at condos, and you’re driving your car, you’re going to be spending a lot of time looking for parking. The GreenP app makes it a little easier by showing you where you can park nearby, based on your location, and also by allowing you to pay for parking with your phone (which is really useful considering how slow those pay parking machines are). And if you’re going to be running a little later than you thought, you can top up your time using the app as well.
If you’re exploring the area around a potential new home, it’s nice to know what’s around you. That’s where the aptly named AroundMe app comes in. By allowing it access to your location, it’ll let you know what the nearest banks, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and more, are, well, around you.
If you have kids, then the schools that are located in the neighbourhood of a potential new home are probably a big part of your decision when it comes to buying. By allowing the School Locator app access to your current location, or just by entering an potential home’s address or MLS code in the search field, you’ll find out all the important information you need, like school boundaries, school ratings, even average class sizes.
Did I miss any iPhone apps that you think make house hunting easier? Let me know in the comments below.