I’m a renter. I live in an apartment, and for now, I’m totally okay with that. However, the idea of being a homeowner is an ultimate goal. Although I know I am not in a financial situation to start dropping a down payment on a home and start paying a mortgage and mowing a lawn, I do know that being prepared for the purchase and knowing a thing or two about the local housing market will do me some good.
The best house-hunting app that I have run across (and perhaps the most fun to use!) is Zillow. Zillow.com is a website that helps you value houses, check out houses for sale and rent in your area, and also has a number of other beneficial features such as finding a mortgage, mortgage calculators, and other realty-friendly bonuses. But the transition from website to iPhone app is amazing, and I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed using my Zillow app.
A few other things that make it great is that it gives you an average monthly payment figure with each home, as well as when it was built, property taxes, and it’s square footage, along with photos if available through a realty site. There is a lot of “at a glance” info shown, which makes it a quick and easy way to get information about a prospective home purchase.
What’s great is that the Zillow app is absolutely free. And really, when you start utilizing it, you might find it kind of fun to play around with. It’s always interesting to compare house sizes and prices between neighborhoods, and gives you a good idea of the housing market in a certain area or community. The functionality makes it worth paying for, but the fact that it’s free should encourage you to give it a shot, anyway!