6 of the best real estate apps

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Whether you are seriously looking for a home to buy or rent or just browsing, real estate apps can help simplify your search. Here are some of the best options for finding the perfect property, or for learning more about buying one.

6 best real estate apps

Zillow 

One of the most well-known and highly rated real estate search apps, the free Zillow app gives users access to a wide range of properties with detailed filter criteria. Through the app, you can coordinate your search for a home with someone else, meaning you or your roommate or partner can share your favorite finds easily.

The Zillow app does have a few flaws, however. Zillow’s “Zestimate” is not always an accurate picture of a home’s value, especially when details are missing from a listing. Real estate agents can also pay to have themselves featured as a contact for a property, even if they aren’t the actual listing agent, which can confuse things for homebuyers.

Redfin

If you’re ready to buy a house, the Redfin app can be a useful tool. Redfin is a real estate brokerage, so in addition to searching for properties through the app, you can go ahead and buy one with a Redfin agent and receive a portion of the agent’s commission back — about $1,500 on average, according to the brokerage. The Redfin app also offers home value estimates, which might be more accurate than Zestimates, but still aren’t a substitute for an appraisal.

Overall, the app is highly rated by users, and it’s free, making it a solid option for house hunters.

Apartments.com

Are you looking for a rental? The Apartments.com app can help you easily unearth your next place. The app offers a streamlined search experience for apartments, condos, homes and townhomes, and you can sort through rentals based on unique filters such as wheelchair access, in-unit laundry, pet-friendliness or the addition of a dishwasher.

Although it’s free to browse rentals through the app, you’ll run into a fee if you want to apply for one directly through the platform. The in-app rental application costs $24.99 for up to 10 applications made within a 30-day period.

Realtor.com 

Homebuyers and renters can gain access to the most (and most up-to-date) listings by using the free Realtor.com app. With an extremely wide selection of properties available on the app, you’re able to see all of the options out there. Realtor.com is also affiliated with the National Association of Realtors and has access to a large portion of multiple listing services, so its listings are usually refreshed quicker compared to other sites.

In addition, listings on the Realtor.com app include handy information like the noise level of a neighborhood, which can be helpful when looking for a place to call home. Other filters like commute time can also be useful depending on your preferences.

BiggerPockets

The BiggerPockets app can be a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about real estate and real estate investing. You’ll find informative posts and podcast episodes to help build your knowledge, and also forums to chat with other budding and experienced investors.

LoopNet

Residential real estate isn’t the only game in town. If you’re looking for a commercial property, the LoopNet app can help you find the perfect fit, and more information than what would be available on other apps geared toward residential homebuyers. You can easily search based on the type of commercial property you’re looking for, including office, retail, restaurant or multifamily.

One drawback that seems to be an issue among users, however, is the inability to save your search within the app. That means you’ll be forced to re-enter your search filters every time you want to explore listings. 

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Written by
Sarah Sharkey
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Sarah Sharkey is a contributing writer for Bankrate. Sarah writes about a range of subjects, including banking, savings tips, homebuying, homeownership and personal finance.
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