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5 Cool Real Estate Apps

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If you are currently looking to purchase or sell a home and would like to get a jumpstart on the process, check out these 5 handy apps that’ll help simplify your overall home buying or selling experience:

Zillow Real Estate & Rentals (Available on iOS & Android- Free)
The Zillow Real Estate app allows home buyers to search a huge amount of properties. Zillow currently has data on 110 million homes throughout the nation. The app allows buyers to sort properties by selected criteria such as home design and nearby top-rated schools, and offers features such as bird’s eye view photos, home value changes and much more including information such as if a home has been remodeled. Additionally the app gives “Zestimates” which is Zillow’s estimation of a home’s market value.

Trulia Real Estate & Rentals (Available on iOS & Android- Free)
The Trulia Real Estate & Rentals app allows you to easily search for homes on your smartphone offering such capabilities as maps that show top-rated schools, local features and more. Additionally you can contact an agent and save and share your favorite properties.

Homesnap Real Estate (Available on iOS & Android- Free)  
The Homesnap Real Estate app allows users to snap a photo of any home to find out more info about it.

iHandy Carpenter (Available on iOS ($1.99) & Android (Free)
The iHandy Carpenter app is excellent for home staging assistance. The app features the following capabilities:        

  • A plumb bob, the easiest way for you to verify the verticality of lines or walls*
  • A surface level, the best tool to level any flat surface
  • A bubble level bar, exactly as you can see in carpenter tool kit shops
  • A steel protractor, measuring angles from 0 to 180 degrees
  • A steel ruler, supporting both inches and centimeters

*Once calibrated, the plumb bob, surface level and level bar can also be used as an inclinometer/clinometer by reading the angles on the screen.

Docusign Ink (Available on iOS & Android- Signing is always free $10/month basic individual plan)
For those who prefer paperless and are always on the go, the Docusign Ink app allows buyers and sellers to sign essential documents needed to finalize their transaction.

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By Dana Ash-McGinty

Dana Ash-McGinty is the Principal Broker of ASH | MCGINTY, a Washington, DC Real Estate Brokerage. This real estate maven has 15+ years experience in residential, commercial and land sales in addition to multi-state residential renovation, re-zoning, and condo conversion projects. A sought after real estate authority, she has been featured on CNN and in various real estate and financial publications. Dana is married to the highly esteemed Dr. Dana W. McGinty, a Washington, DC internal medicine physician and medical correspondent. They are often referred to as "The Danas".

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