Buying a home can certainly feel like an overwhelming experience. Fortunately, there are many resources available at your fingertips to help you become a more informed buyer, to keep you organized during your search and to inspire you with home design to fit your style. I want to share a few of my favorite apps that you can download today, so you can start shopping for your dream home tomorrow.
One of the first steps to buying a home is hiring a real estate agent. Your agent will want to meet with you to discuss your goals. The Keller Williams Real Estate app by KW Realty allows you to search for an agent by area. You can find my personal page by using the agent search function within the app. This page will provide you with the option to email, call or text me. Of course, I am happy to assist you from step one of the process, but if you’d like to prepare for our initial conversation, you can do some preliminary research that will help us, or whichever agent you choose to work with, get the ball rolling on your home search.
Since a home is a major investment, your buying agent will want to understand your budget. You can prepare for that question by using the Mortgage Calculator by iPhone by Zyablikon or Mortgage Calculator Plus by AppRebel, Inc. Both of these apps allow you to adjust the home price, the down payment, the interest rate, HOA fees and other factors that contribute to the cost of a home. You can use the sliding scale to adjust the numbers and find a comfortable budget range for your home search.
Your agent will also want to know what you value when it comes to the location of your new home. Whether you value a highly-rated school district, walking trails or close proximity to delicious restaurants, you should think about those factors and prioritize them based on what is most important to you. Check out the AroundMe app by Flying Code Ltd. This app will allow you to type in a zip code and browse supermarkets, coffee shops, bars, banks and more around the area you are considering.
Now it’s time to start shopping. Your agent will make suggestions for homes based on your budget and priorities, but you will need a way to organize your thoughts as you browse each home. HomeNotes by 37 Cents LLC allows you to log photos of house features and rooms so you can easily recall what you like and dislike about each one. You can also take notes and compare houses easily with the reports function.
Whether you are just entering the buying process or if you are in the middle of your home search, I hope a few of these apps will help you along the way. If you have questions or are beginning your search in the East Tennessee area, please reach out through my personal KW app page or by clicking here.