iPhones

If you’re buying a home, you’ve no doubt discovered how complex the process can be. Luckily, there’s plenty of tools out there to help you with the tricky tasks of finding and financing your ideal home.

Here’s 4 really handy iPhone apps to help you through the home-buying process:

1. REIWA You’re Home

REIWA You're Home AppPurpose: Finding properties    Cost: Free

When you’re looking for properties to buy, try using an app like REIWA You’re Home. It allows you to search all properties listed with REIWA – much as the reiwa.com website does – enhanced with your location information to show you ones that are nearby. Once you’ve filtered your results and found properties you like, you can view their:

  • Property details,
  • Home open times, and
  • Listing agent’s contact details.

What I particularly like is the option to save or share particular properties (on Facebook or Twitter), allowing you to easily keep track of your favourites.

2. House Tracker

Home Tracker AppPurpose: Home opens    Cost: $4.49

Going to lots of home inspections? As Home Tracker‘s app page says, “Realtors show you dozens of homes that blur together by the end of the day“. So that you can compare homes effectively, Home Tracker helps you store handy information about each property you visit, including:

  • Details such as address and price,
  • Your rating of the property,
  • Your own notes, and
  • Photos of the home.

Overall, a handy tool for keeping track of potential properties.

3. tapMortgage

Tap Mortgage AppPurpose: Financing    Cost: $2.99

What will your monthly loan repayments be? How much stamp duty will you need to pay? tapMortgage is a quick and easy way to find out. Use it to calculate:

  1. Government taxes associated with buying a home, and
  2. Your mortgage repayments for any given house price, interest rate, and loan term.

Not only will tapMortgage tell you what your monthly/fortnightly/weekly mortgage repayment will be, it will also suggest ways to cut down on how much you’re paying (for example, paying weekly instead of fortnightly, in some cases), and predict how much more you’ll have to pay should interest rates rise.

4. State Farm Move Tools

Move Tools AppPurpose: Moving home    Cost: Free

Once you’ve bought a home, it’s time to move in! Moving all your stuff into a new home is a huge task, and the key is organisation. State Farm Move Tools helps you organise the move by allowing you to:

  • Create a week-by-week checklist,
  • Create an inventory of your possessions and boxes, and
  • Read useful moving tips.

These 4 apps provide really handy tools for organising the purchase of your new home – but don’t forget there’s no replacement for an experienced real estate agent and settlement agent.

Have you used any of these apps? What did you think?

Image by Yutaka Tsutano via Flickr.