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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.

Trulia Real Estate - Homes for Sale & Rent

Trulia Real Estate - Homes for Sale & Rent

Trulia, Inc

This app is great. Like many other apps, it lacks the filters that PadMapper gives you, but Trulia's smooth, streamlined interface and useful "Layers" feature make it essential. Pick whether you want to rent or buy a place and the app will instantly pull up a solid amount of listings. Then, go to the lower left hand corner and select "Layers." With this feature, you can look at heatmaps, local boundaries, amenities, and schools. This way, you can get a feel of an area without having to schlep blindly from county to county.

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.

urMuv
urMuv

urMuv

Keith Trippie

"Moving soon? Find the best communities in the top US Markets by making one search. Share results with your real estate agent to locate your new home or apartment, in the right neighborhood, before you start paying a mortgage. Determine your desired commute time to and from work, find healthcare system ratings, demographics, crime levels, school ratings, entertainment nearby, and more before you move. Don't make 100 google searches, pick your desired criteria and our algorithm instantly finds you the best community based on your personality and preferences."

*Beta version should work nationally, but some areas may lack accuracy.
*Beta version should take a bit of time at first to load, and take more time for searches.

"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."

"I used urMuv to quickly locate the best community, shared my results with my agent and he found the best home."

"The last time I moved, there was a guy standing outside of our window watching me cook dinner. We thought at first that he was looking for his cat, but we later found this a tad bit creepy. I used urMuv to find the community with the least amount of peeping toms, and lowest crime rate, ensuring that my children are safe."

"I like the quiet. I was able to use urMuv to find the best communities that had the least amount of entertainment, but just enough entertainment close by for my Millennial son who is still living at home."

"My children are a bit ornery, are not focused at school and I can't get them to sit still. But we believe this energy can translate into something positive in the future, and we wanted to send them to a good school to enable them get them the best education. I used urMuv to locate the best school, both private and public to put them on the best path to succeed"

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dwellr
dwellr

dwellr

U.S. Census Bureau

City or country? Bike or drive to work? Beach or mountains? Download the U.S. Census Bureau’s dwellr app today to discover the top 25 U.S. cities and towns that best fit your lifestyle. Whether you prefer the bright lights of the big city or wide open spaces, dwellr powers your phone with neighborhood-level statistics on topics such as home value, education, and how people get to work so that you can explore where you want to dwell. Once you’ve found your dream neighborhood, take dwellr with you wherever you go.

dwellr features:

• Uses your preferences to create a list of top 25 places and gives you information about each one.
• Uses the GPS feature in your phone to provide you with statistics for your current location.
• Uses statistics that are powered by the American Community Survey, which provides information on more than 40 topics for every neighborhood in the nation, ranging from education to commuting.
• Share the app with your friends so that they can find their 25 ideal places.

The dwellr app is just one example of how the Census Bureau is following the Digital Government Strategy by making its statistics more available anywhere, anytime and in any place. The Census Bureau does not collect or retain any information using this application. All information is stored only on your phone.

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