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The Best Real Estate Apps to Help Find a Place to Live

Whether you're looking for an apartment or your first new home, finding a place to live can be stressful. Check out these apps to streamline your home search process and find a new place to hang your hat.

Find Your Dream Home

Looking for a new house? These apps will help you feel right at home in no time.

Zillow Real Estate - Homes for Sale & for Rent

Zillow Real Estate - Homes for Sale & for Rent

Zillow.com

Zillow’s top-rated real estate app opens the door to millions of homes for sale and rent across the U.S., including real estate listings you won’t find anywhere else. Compare industry-exclusive Zestimate® home values for more than 100 million homes nationwide. Using our app’s real estate search options, you can view photos and videos of listed homes as you search for a house near top-rated schools, an apartment near the city center or a vacation getaway with a view. The Zillow app helps you stay on top of your local real estate market with updated listings and delivers instant notifications on listings you’ve saved.

Redfin Real Estate - Search Homes for Sale

Redfin Real Estate - Search Homes for Sale

Redfin

Redfin, an app made especially for house hunting, was brought to my attention by Jonathan, one of our readers. He found Redfin to have the most accurately updated listings and noted the app has a great "Favorites" option if you are a (free) member of Redfin. By marking a house as a favorite, you get alerts on the status and any changes that happen to the listing. Another unique feature I have found on this app is its "Open House Times" sort feature. Get your house tours organized and never miss an open house again. In addition, when you save a search, Redfin will keep track of new listings that pop up for that search and email you about new homes. The downside of this app is its availability. As of now, it is only available in certain major U.S. cities.

Find a Great Apartment

Looking to find a new apartment? Then check out these apps.

HotPads Rentals - Find Apartments & Homes for Rent

HotPads Rentals - Find Apartments & Homes for Rent

Hotpads.com

HotPads is a very popular online housing search engine, but their app falls short and lacks most of the website's features. The best parts of this app are the number of listings that show up when you search for places and the symbols they use on the map to delineate the type of housing. The worst part is there are a very limited number of filters; there isn't even one for square footage. Still, this is an app worth glancing at or using if you have a HotPads account (you can save your searches and favorite listings).

Plan for Your Mortgage

Found the perfect house? Use these tools to make sure you can afford it!

Mortgage Calculator Plus

Manage your mortgage

Mortgage Calculator Plus

Mortgage Calculator Plus

For anyone looking to manage their mortgage.

Mortgage Calculator Plus allows you to input extra payments, to consider taxes, insurance, PMI and a whole bunch of other options to give you the most comprehensive mortgage calculation. It also allows you to dynamically build your amortization schedule right in front of your eyes, giving you detailed information regarding when, what and how much you are paying.

Why we love it

It's a great way to know exactly how much you are paying and where your money is going.

These apps will help you find out information on any neighborhood.

Nextdoor
Nextdoor

Nextdoor

Nextdoor

Nextdoor is the free, private social network for your neighborhood. It is the best way for you and your neighbors to hear what’s happening in your local community. When neighbors start talking, good things happen.

People across the country are using Nextdoor to:
• Stay in the know about break-ins, theft, weather alerts and other important notices.
• Find, sell and give away items in the Classifieds section.
• Get recommendations for trustworthy service providers like plumbers, roofers, contractors, and more.
• Ask for help finding lost pets.
• Hear about fun neighborhood events, rallies or even yard sales.
• Connect with the best neighborhood babysitters, dog walkers, and pet sitters.

Follow us to to stay updated on Nextdoor news:
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nextdoor
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/nextdoor
• Blog: https://blog.nextdoor.com

Curious about how we build Nextdoor? Check out our Engineering blog: https://engblog.nextdoor.com/

Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Nextdoor doesn't run GPS in the background unless you give us permission by turning on optional features that require it.

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urMuv
urMuv

urMuv

Keith Trippie

Receive your PCS paperwork? Transitioning from service? A Veteran? We are here to help you through the relocation process.

urMuv is a complimentary service that can help you easily find your perfect new community based on your preferences. With urMuv, there is no need to make 100 Google searches, all you have to do is pick your desired criteria and our algorithm instantly finds you the best community for you and your family based on your interests and preferences. You can easily shop across schools, hospitals, restaurants/pubs, commute times, crime statistics and more all in one platform.

Being in the military is hard enough, don't let your move add more stress. Make your move suck less with urMuv.

So what are you waiting for? Start your search for your new community by downloading urMuv today.

*You can now search for VA hospitals and facilities.

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"As a military spouse who has to move every two years, urMuv has helped me seamlessly find the best neighborhood and community, completely stress free."

"We had a great realtor, but we really needed a place to get her started. With urMuv, we were able to give her all of our desired criteria for a neighborhood and she was able to find us the perfect home."

"urMuv's value proposition is clear. Each pin that drops matches who I am as a person, or where my family would best fit in. The more we dig into the app, we can further understand why the community is best for us by seeing what the data tells about our community at the most granular detail."

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Blok24 – Find something new to do today
Blok24 – Find something new to do today

Blok24 – Find something new to do today

Blok24, Inc.

Discover what’s going on today where you live, work, and play in Seattle. We connect you with the here and now: great shows, music, tastings, happy hours, specials, deals, art walks, and more. From unique hidden gems to today’s trending events and new openings, you'll find it all here. Blok24 - so much to do, so close to you.

Key features:

- Visual feed of trending and unique experiences around you for food, drink, music, theater, community events, and more.

- Follow favorite local scenes in your own custom category. Choose from a dozen local scenes including comedy, craft brewing, film, and more.

- Going on a last-minute date? Find what you need quickly and easily.

- Had a long week and need to relax or blow off some steam? Browse categories including new & trending, tastings, specials & deals, arts & culture, health and wellness.

- Looking for something near you right now, or in another part of town where you'll be headed later? Filter by location lets you see everything within walking, biking, or driving distance of your current location, or focus on a specific neighborhood.

- Need to rally your friends and get everyone on the same page? Integrated iOS messaging makes it easy to share event details and coordinate timing.


*** Blok24 is currently only available only in select Seattle neighborhoods ***

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BounceChat - Connecting Community & Culture Nearby
BounceChat - Connecting Community & Culture Nearby

BounceChat - Connecting Community & Culture Nearby

BounceChat, Inc.

BounceChat - Share Here! Find local pics, groups, links and events. BounceChat is a simple way to capture and share moments nearby & around the world. Share a photo and message to people within range and view cool places, people, groups and events near your location. Bounce 100 yards at a concert, 1 mile at an event, 10 miles to your community, 100 miles to the region & infinity mode to Bounce all Users! Share your Bounces to people just in your neighborhood or your whole city, you decide the range and how long they last.

See your local universe through the eyes of your closest friends and creative people. Every time you open Bounce, you'll find new photos and messages of memorable moments within 100 yards to around the planet!

People use BounceChat to:

* Share photos and messages on a map of special moments.
* Include nearby people with local Bounces and exclude people who are too far away.
* Find events, restaurants, activities, and people with common interests nearby.
* Broadcast deals and special offers to people near a business.
* Optionally hide your location while still broadcasting your message.

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Citizen: Safety & Awareness
Citizen: Safety & Awareness

Citizen: Safety & Awareness

sp0n, Inc.

Now operating in New York City, the Citizen app provides real-time alerts of crimes and incidents near your location.

Citizen empowers users with the technology and information they need to stay safe.

Stay Safe: Get real-time notifications when crime and other incidents are reported to 911 near your location, so you can avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Be Aware: Watch video captured from nearby the scene and keep an eye on what’s going on in your neighborhood. Up to 25 streams per incident are supported.

Broadcast Live: If you are in a safe place, you can broadcast from a distance and share instant updates on how the incident is being resolved.

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