Whether you are looking to buy or sell real estate, keeping your finger on the pulse of the market has never been easier. With technology ever evolving real estate consumers can have instant access to a plethora of real estate tools right on their smartphone. What tools do I speak of? Apps, of course.
Here is a sampling of real estate apps I have downloaded on my iPhone 5- Bankrate Mortgage App (daily interest rates), Mortgage Calculator, New Home Source, Behr Color Smart App, Realtor.com, Zillow (not a fan of Zillow, but hey, why not), Houzz (for great decorating ideas), ARMLS (Realtor MLS), Shea Homes, Redfin, to name a few. Having a Twitter app and following @myrealestatecop is not a bad idea either (wink, wink).
It amazes me how much information is right at my fingertips. If a client asks me about the daily interest rate I simply pull up the Bankrate app and tell them the overnight national average. If I am asked what a mortgage payment will look like on a 250K home with 20% down I go right to my mortgage calculator app (don’t forget to add insurance and taxes!). I can also search the MLS, coordinate colors and get design ideas on the spot.
These great real estate tools are available to everyone, so why not start using them? Make sure either you or your real estate agent is tech savy so you are not missing out on these great sources of information.