Best free apps for homebuyers

Best Apps for Home buyers

Whether you’re relocating to Virginia or you’re a Richmond native, searching real estate in the area can be an overwhelming task. To help ease the new home hunting process we’ve compiled a list of helpful smartphone apps for home buyers.  Happy hunting, and remember, RE/MAX Commonwealth agents are never too busy for your call.
RE/MAX Commonwealth MobileIDX
Your RE/MAX Commonwealth agent will provide you with a mobile IDX app that allows you to quickly and easily find information on homes listed in the MLS, complete with virtual tour, home photos, neighborhood maps, school and retail  information, or other properties  available in the area. It also allows you to share favorite listings with others, or contact your agent directly.
If you’re checking out a potential neighborhood and stumble across a home for sale, this free app for the iPhone allows you to upload a picture of the home and it will display available interior pictures, selling price, and previous sale history. The app culls data from Multiple Listing Service and allows users to schedule showings.
House Hunter
It’s hard to keep track of all the details when house hunting, but House Hunter does all the hard work for you by providing a scorecard that organizes  notes and photos of potential homes. You can choose from more than 80 different home features to score potential homes and access a quick note feature to enter information about the homes.
When it comes to real estate, it’s all about location. AroundMe shows retailers, restaurants and other establishments located in the immediate area to give you a sense of a potential neighborhood. The free app uses a GPS to determine your location and identifies the closest bank, bar, gas station, hospital, hotel, movie theater, restaurant, supermarket, theater or taxi.
Mortgage Calculator
The first step to the house-hunting process is determining how much home you can afford. The Mortgage Calculator from Left Coast R&D is a free app that lets you figure out your monthly mortgage payments based on the price of the house, the down payment and the interest rate.
This is technology’s greatest guide to listings. The app includes up-to-date real estate listings in the U.S., including homes for sale, for rent or recently sold. Each listing includes photos, property details, open house information, and pricing. It allows you to share favorite listings with friends and family, and highlight a customized area that you would like to search.