We know how difficult it can be to find reliable and local vendors and such as loan officers, title companies, inspection companies, and home maintenance professionals. These vendors are vital to a successful real estate transaction and help keep your home in the best shape. To assist our clients, we compiled a list of Cleveland professionals we have personally worked with and built a proven track record of success. We will never recommend anyone who we have not yet worked with.
For a complete list of vendors with contact information, download our Homekeepr App.
FIRST FEDERAL OF LAKEWOOD
FLOOR SHOW – MACEDONIA
MUMM LANDSCAPE SERVICES
Star Quality Cleaning LLC
Keystone Greg Kolar
Calvetta Brothers Painting
The Plumbing Source
Right on Roofing
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Planning on going the home search in the near future? As you know, the easiest way to find homes in Cleveland is online with 97% on home searches taking place through the internet. What you might not know is the accessibility and ease of using a mobile app to complete your home search.
Real estate firms, listing services, mortgage companies, and more have thousands of free smartphone apps available to help you find your piece of the American Dream.
There are dozens of different apps that show you what houses are for sale. Good house-hunting apps use your smartphone’s global-positioning system to figure out where you are, then provide a wealth of information about nearby listings.
Here’s a look at six free smartphone apps that anyone who’s looking for a new home should definitely check out:
1) KELLER WILLIAMS APP
We recommend the Keller Williams App as your primary resource for finding a new home, calculating your mortgage, saving property, and finding nearby open houses. You can download the Young Team KW app for your phone here.
Key features in this app include:
- Dynamic mapAdd a pinpoint or draw a perimeter to see nearby homes for sale, open houses, or rental properties.
- Custom SearchesAdd search filters like price, neighborhood, number of beds, open houses, and more.
- Get LocalSee what schools and other points of interest are nearby
- Full screen photo galleryScroll through vivid, full-screen photos of homes.
- Anytime AccessSave searches and listings, including notes or added property photos, across all your devices.
- Find an agentConnect with us through the KW app by searching “Ryan Young.” We’ll become your preferred agent with our contact information readily available!
- Share informationEasily share homes through text, email, Facebook, or Twitter.
- Be calculatedFree mortgage calculator to estimate home loan and monthly payments.
This property-listing app from Web-based real estate firm Redfin is one of the more modern and intuitive home search apps.
Redfin’s app uses your choice of a touchscreen map or a powerful search engine to look up current listings, recent sales or upcoming open houses anywhere in America.
Simply enter a ZIP code or the name of a city or neighborhood you want to check out, or type in “Current Location” to see listings near your present position.
This app has a feature where you can see is homes that are under contract, wheras other apps, you may find a home but quickly find out it’s pending once you inquire about it.
Real estate search giant Zillow shows you details about all area properties for sale or rent. You’ll also get data on houses that have recently sold, as well as estimated values of homes in the foreclosure process but not yet on the market.
The app also includes calculators to help estimate whether you can afford a given house or whether refinancing your existing mortgage makes sense. You can even get rates from Zillow’s mortgage advertisers and initiate contact with a lender if you like what you see.
This app is best known for providing mobile access to website Zillow.com’s popular “Zestimates” — projected current market values for virtually every home in America. Zillow calculates Zestimates using special algorithms that compare each property’s square footage and other characteristics to those of recently sold nearby homes. Using your smartphone’s GPS, the Zillow app will automatically give you Zestimates for all residences near your current location or any other area you select. (You pick areas other than your present position by plugging a ZIP code or city name into the app, or by simply drawing a circle with your finger on the included map.)
We don’t recommend using Zestimates to determine value in your home. These calculations are based on computer statistics that don’t take into accout the unique features that make your home and community unique. These are key factors in the pricing of your home.
A relative newcomer among house-hunting apps, HomeSnap is getting rave reviews for its ability to let you take a snapshot of a home using your smartphone’s camera and instantly get information about the property.
You can find out the home’s estimated value, along with whether it’s for sale and how many bedrooms, bathrooms and other amenities it has. Even if the home isn’t available, HomeSnap will show you other nearby listings that are.
That said, the app’s ability to find homes using your smartphone’s camera is something of a gimmick.
While you can store snapshots you take or even share them with friends, HomeSnap doesn’t actually use photo-recognition software to figure out what house you’re looking at. Instead, the app uses your phone’s GPS to determine where you are and what property you’ve just photographed.
This app from the National Association of Realtors’ official property-listing site lets you easily find homes that are for sale or rent near your current location. You can also find nearby upcoming open houses, as well as pricing data on properties that have recently changed hands.
Realtor.com’s app lets you view properties either as a list or on a map that’s centered on your current location. As with Zillow’s app, you can also draw a circle on the map with your finger to define what area you want to check out.
Another useful tool is Realtor.com’s “Area Scout.” This feature shows you a neighborhood’s current average asking price, average available square footage and average price per square foot.
Although now gobbled up by Zillow, Trulia is still a major brand in real estate with their app still available. This free app is great to help house-hunters and renters on the go. As with all the apps above, Trulia’s app shows you nearby properties for sale, for rent, have upcoming open houses or have recently sold.
What we like most about Trulia’s app is the single button that automatically shows you just those properties that have had recent price reductions.