This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Adam Gallegos of Arlington-based real estate firm Arbour Realty, voted one of Arlington Magazine’s Best Realtors of 2013 & 2014. Please submit your questions via email.
Q. I started looking for a good iPhone app to use during my home search and was a little overwhelmed. Do you have one that you recommend?
A. I have tried a bunch of different real estate apps and have narrowed them down to my top three favorites.
1) Homesnap is the one I use most often. If I want to learn about a home and whether it is for sale, I open Homesnap and press a button on the screen like I’m taking a photo of it. It pulls up a map and asks me to confirm the home I am interested in. I am then provided with details such as the following:
- Estimated value
- Sales price and listing data, if it is for sale
- Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
- Lot size
- Square footage
- Year built
- Historical sales data
- Comparable listings
- SmartZip HomeScore and InvestorScore
I can sign up for notifications when the price changes. I can even request that a competitive market analysis (CMA) be delivered to me.
In short, it’s the perfect nosey neighbor tool!
2) Maybe I’m a little biased, but I like using ArbourMobile.com when I’m searching for a specific address, city or zip code. It’s quick, accurate and has up-to-date information provided by the local multiple listing service (MLS). It allows me to display results in a list or on a map. It provides all the listing detail including Walk Score. If I were in the market for a home, I would be inclined to use the favorites, notes and share functionality as well.
3) I like to use Zillow when I want information about real estate outside the DC area. Like if I’m on vacation dreaming about owning a beach house and wondering what the Zestimate is for the house next door. I would prefer to use Homesnap in these situations, but they currently have a limited service area.
In a previous article, I have listed some additional apps that may come in handy during the home buying process.
The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.
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