8 Best Apps for Real Estate in 2022
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House hunting apps have revolutionized how the real estate industry works and bridged the market gap between home buyers, sellers, realtors, and property investors.
In addition to being a convenience for home buyers and a ready market for realtors, real estate apps are a lucrative business venture for appreneurs.
A report suggests that 98% of people began their home searches on the internet, and 73% out of these browsed home listings on apps and websites – which was a drastic change from 2018 when only 44% of people checked online listings (NAR).
This article covers the 12 best real estate apps for 2021 reviewed based on architecture, feature, functionality, user interface and experience, and performance.
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Zillow, a pioneer online real estate platform, has an on-demand real estate app for homebuyers, realtors, property entrepreneurs, and investors.
While it is one of the best house hunting apps for users looking to buy, finance, or rent homes, it also has dedicated panels for sellers and agents.
The most crucial feature of Zillow is its ‘Zestimate’ which is an industry-leading home valuation tool and gets updated daily. Users can check to buy and selling estimates, calculate interest rates and mortgage, predict down payments, and so on.
RedFin is another house-hunting app that allows in-person and virtual tours of homes. It has a cost calculator which facilitates users in estimating mortgage, insurance, house funds, and comparing overall financial investments. It is more popular for its free home buying classes and open house events.
It is powered by a massive MLS database, which picks 70% of new home listings within 5 minutes. Abbreviated as Multiple Listing Service is an initiative from cooperative realtors.
They have created MLS to update property listings on a single platform and allow participating realtors to invite other brokers and property agents to generate buyers/clients.
Realtor is the flagship app from the National Association of Realtors. It is too powered by an MLS database and shows noise levels to tax histories of properties.
It allows in-person or virtual 3D tours, searches property based on the set radius, neighborhood requirements, school districts, crime rates, and predetermined mortgage affordability.
Because NAR is close to MLS, property information gets updated on Realtor faster than any other real estate apps or website.
Realtor follows the most innovative real estate app development trends by using virtual walkthroughs for home tours, sending push notifications when prices drop, or property sells, and allowing users to view properties via Chromecast on their TV devices.
Xome is one of the most popular real estate marketplaces. The company uses real estate APIs, MLS, and other sources to process Big Data and provide insights for profitable real estate investments.
Xome has launched two house hunting apps. Both target home buyers, realtors, agents, and investors via a different revenue model.
First is Xome Real Estate, a typical house hunting app similar to Zillow and RedFin in terms of features and user experience.
Xome Auctions is their second app which is exclusively for real estate auction events. Participants can attend these auctions virtually and in-person and bid for luxurious residential properties, short sell, and sign e-contracts.
Homesnap is a complete real estate assistant solution for realtors, agents, and property brokers. It allows real-time collaboration between agents and home hunters.
To facilitate this collaboration, Homesnap allows users to generate and print custom reports with the latest data.
Agents can share these reports in PDF format with their clients through a messaging feature integrated within the app.
The app’s private messaging platform uses AI-based voice search and speech recognition architectures and helps agents and homebuyers keep track of the residential properties they put on their watch list.
More importantly, the app is compatible with smartphones, smart TVs, and wearable devices like Apple Watch.
LoopNet is a business-centric real estate app from a US-based real estate giant.
What distinguishes this app from other house hunting apps is the primary goal of the app.
Its target users are the home buyers who would like to invest in multiple-room apartments and even firms, entrepreneurs, and businesses who would like to buy and lease commercial spaces and office properties.
Considering the chunk of users LoopNet app is attracting, the scope of this app is considerably broader than others, plus it shares some advanced features from Homesnap like built-in private messaging.
It has other conventional real estate features like satellite images, maps, search filters, mortgage calculation, etc.
Acquired by Zillow in 2015, Trulia is still operating with its name and shares listings from Zillow and MLS. It is a conventional house hunting app and has a similar interface as Zillow and RedFin.
It comes with a mortgage calculator, satellite images, search filters, and map radius to set boundaries for home search. A 4.8 average rating on the App store and 4.5 on Google Play suggests that the app provides an optimal user experience.
8. Bigger Pockets
Bigger Pockets is a dedicated platform for property investors and realtors who want to learn the art of the real estate business before making material decisions.
The app gives access to the community forum, selected listings, ebooks, magazines, calculators, etc.
While the company had launched mobile apps for Android and iPhone, the latter seems to be down for updates.
The Android app has data downloads, options for custom reports, rental calculators, and critical real estate market insights.
Not as advanced as compared to Zillow or Realtors, but Bigger Pockets is an essential app for beginners in the field.
The app can also be used by homeowners planning to sell their domestic residential properties but don’t know where to start.
Over To You
The real estate apps on this list are leading the revolution in the property business, which is clearly primed towards automation. Multiple modern technologies like smart contracts, AR and VR simulations, image recognition, and deep learning are opening gateways for digital transformation in this specific industry.
If you, too, are an appreneur planning to invest in real estate app development, there is no better time than now.
The global pandemic has changed the overall economic dynamics of the property market, and more users are turning to these apps to complete the purchasing transactions for their dream homes.
Tekrevol has a team of app developers who know a little too much about building sustainable apps.
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Author : Saba Sohail
Saba Sohail is a tech enthusiast with academic majors in Economics and Information Sciences. A content writer by day, her favorite niches are cybersecurity, graphics, and digital marketing. She dedicates her free time to The Big Bang Theory, hoping to achieve an IQ like Sheldon Cooper some day!
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