Selling Your Home Or Buying a New One? Give These 5 Apps a Try

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Selling your current home and buying a new one isn’t a project you can tackle alone; like the proverb goes, it really does take a village. A village that includes an experienced real estate team, as well as an insurance agent, a stager, and a mortgage broker, among others.

In today’s marketplace, your team should even include your smartphone.

There are all sorts of apps available that help make buying or selling a property easier than ever before. From innovative ways to showcase your home to new ways to browse listings, there’s no shortage of software at your disposal.

If you’re trying to buy or sell a home, here are five apps you should know:

1.) Zillow Apps

For those just setting off on the journey to finding a new place, Zillow can be a useful companion. Its free real estate and rentals apps allow users to easily browse properties for sale and rent in their area, including many listings that don’t appear on an MLS. In addition, Zillow users can explore neighborhoods – including landmarks and schools – without leaving the app.

The Zillow suite also offers other useful apps, including Mortgages - which helps users calculate their budget, check on mortgage quotes, and reach out to local lenders – and the “Digs” app, which lets users begin to price out remodeling estimates for kitchen or bathroom projects.

DO NOT use Zillow's advice as a substitute for real analysis when pricing a home. We know that their home estimates, Zillow's "Zestimates", have a median error rate of 8%. Who can give you a good analysis of home values? Your real estate agent, of course. 

2.) Baird & Warner Mobile App

We recommend the Baird & Warner mobile app to just about all of our clients. It’s an excellent resource for anyone looking for a home in Chicagoland, offering advanced search tools, beautiful snapshots of listings, and easy integration with BairdWarner.com, which allows for instant contact with your broker associate, day or night. In our experience, there's no app better-suited to the unique needs of the Chicago real estate marketplace. 

3.) Homesnap

Offering to give its users “the scoop on 90 million homes,” Homesnap grew out of a simple idea: What if you could snap a photo of a connected home and find out everything you’d need to know about it, including “square footage, market availability, and the home’s value,” according to TechCrunch.

Since its launch in the mid-Atlantic region, Homesnap has connected with local MLS providers across the country, giving you and your real estate team access to real-time data on homes for sale and rent across the country, or just a few blocks away.

4.) DropBox

Just because an app wasn’t designed for real estate doesn’t mean it can’t be an invaluable tool. Case in point: DropBox. An all-in-one digital storage site, DropBox is a great tool for homebuyers and sellers, letting you store all of your data – including home photos, blueprints, documents, or personal messages – in a secure box that you can control and access from just about anywhere. (Google Drive works this way too!)

Even better? If you give your real estate agent access, both of you can access and upload to the box – meaning that an important document never has to get lost in the email shuffle again! Give it a try – you may be surprised how much use you’ll find for DropBox in your everyday life, even after you’ve found your new house.

5.)  Instagram

According to our friends at Geek Chicago, a digital marketing consulting firm, Instagram has over 400 million monthly active users – more than even Twitter.

Instagram’s user base is young, active, and still-growing, and more and more businesses have realized that it may be the next great marketing tool for reaching millennials, who (not coincidentally) make up the largest share of new homebuyers and who are much more likely than their parents to begin the homebuying and selling process online.

To that end, Instagram is a great place for you – with the expert guidance of your dedicated real estate team – to start showing off your property using hashtags like “#home,” “#realestate,” or “#Chicago.” Just remember the rules of Instagram etiquette, which are discussed in some depth here at HousingWire, and remember to be cautious. Talk to your real estate team about what to include in your pictures, and, generally, we advise against accepting any online offers sight and unseen.

Are there any apps or sites you’ve used to help your home sale? We’d love to learn about them! And, as always, whenever you’re looking for guidance on buying or selling in Chicago, drop Real Group a line! Our team has the connections and the knowledge you need to help you find your new dream home.

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