Home Search Made Easier with iPhone Apps

Posted by at 12:02 pm on February 24, 2010

Informa Research has come up with suggestions for iPhone apps that you might find useful if you are in the market to purchase a new home.   The emergence of smartphones and new gadgets, such as Apple’s iPad, means a world of information can be right at your fingertips. Not only can you quickly search for nearby restaurants and update your Facebook on the go, but you can also integrate various smartphone apps and online resources into your housing search.

Find the Right Area: Walk Score

The Walk Score iPhone app is a mobile rendition of its website. Based on the proximity of nearby amenities (such as grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and parks), it helps users gauge how easily one could live with minimal dependence on a car.

All-in-One: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s HomeSelection Assistant

Similarly, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s Home Selection Assistant application also gathers information about the area. To help you remember each property, it also gives you a way to organize photos, notes, and scores for each home you visit.

Find the Right Loan: ERATE.com’s Current Mortgage Rates

There are a number of apps that offer mortgage rates, but ERATE.com’s Current Mortgage Rates app is clean and easy to use. Unlike the LendingTree app, this app does not require any personal information to retrieve current rates. With sortable columns, modifiable loan criteria, and estimated monthly payment information, this app is a great tool to help you figure out how much your desired property will really cost. Furthermore, the rate tables in the app are available online at ERATE.com. Rate updates are also available via ERATE.com’s Twitter updates as well; you can follow ERATE at http://www.twitter.com/erate.

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