For real estate agents, the most important part of any listing is the property itself. But that doesn’t mean that the location, the pictures, and the description don’t matter—it just means that they are all less important. When consumers are looking to buy a home, they want it to be as accurate as possible. The more precise you can be with your listings, the better your chances of making a sale.
It’s no secret that today’s consumers love technology. However, there still exists some confusion about what technology is actually useful in real estate. From listing sites to apps and beyond, it can be hard for realtors to keep up with what tech is doing for their business. Here are some of our favorite apps for making life easier for realtors and achieving the best results in their business.
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Best Apps For Realtors
For this year’ awesome apps article, we’ve focused on apps REALTORS® can use to quickly and effectively ramp up their marketing firepower. Some of these apps have been around for awhile, while others are new. Nevertheless, they all provide a unique and polished offering.
One of the most talked about apps recently has to be Instagram’s new longer-form video platform IGTV. Previously Instagram’s videos had a 60-second limit. With IGTV, that limit has been lifted to one hour. With longer-form videos and a new channel option, IGTV seems to be rivaling YouTube. One unique element to IGTV is that videos are all in portrait layout. Ready to build your IGTV channel and start featuring real estate tips, market updates, tours … sky’s the limit? Start by downloading the stand-alone iOS or Android app, or go directly to IGTV via the main Instagram app.
iOS and Android
With that new IGTV channel, you’re going to need a go-to app for editing videos on your phone. For me that app is VideoShop, because many advanced features are available with a simple tap. Some highlights include the ability to trim clips, animate text, apply video transitions, add music, create slow-motion, stop-motion and tilt shift videos. To save time, you can save projects and then duplicate for the next project. VideoShop also includes standard sharing directly to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and other social sites.
iOS and Android
Free and Paid (3.99/mo or $59.99/lifetime)
The next time you want to create a video slideshow from your images, try MoShow. I was really impressed with how easy this app was to use, especially the advanced animations and transitions. The app also includes a variety of laudio options, which really give the videos greater emotion and authenticity. The app would be great for quickly building and sharing slideshows for community events and real estate marketing videos.
iOS and Android
Free and Paid (3.99/mo or $16.99/lifetime)
Having a powerful photo editor app on your phone will come in handy as a productive real estate agent. When you need to promote an open house, celebrate with a buyer who is closing on their new home, or let your network know about your latest listing, don’t wait until your back at your computer. That’s where PicMonkey comes in. Offered in both free and premium versions, the app delivers a well balanced combination between graphic design and photo editing features. Choose to start from a blank canvas or a photo, then add text or effects. Next crop to your needed size, and then share away! The paid version of the app offers online image storage, advanced touch up tools, additional graphics and fonts.
iOS and Android
Free / Basic and Pro versions
($5.99/lifetime (Basic) or $12.99/mo (Pro)
This app will make your social media posts stand out by animating your still image. Tap and drag across the image where you want to see movement, and then draw a mask on the areas that should remain in place. Take your time, zoom in and get the animate, mask and anchor correct, the results can be amazing. Plotoverse also comes with special overlays that give the image extra style. The finished product is an animated photo that’s saved as a video file. The free version does come with a watermark. (Note about Plotaverse: As an iPhone user I looked at the reviews on Android for Plotaverse and they are a stark contrast from iOS. For that reason I’m only recommending the iOS version.)
Basic and Pro versions
($4.99/mo, $19.99/6 mo, $5.99/year)
- Productive habits & daily goals tracker
Most of us have a good idea of the routines that will lead to success. The challenge becomes implementing and following those routines so the hard work and – focus payoff with consistent success in your real estate business. That’s where Productive Habits & Daily Goals Tracker comes in. The app is built to help you create trackable routines to help motivate you to hit those goals! Do you have a difficult time regularly getting to the gym in the morning? Or how about regular planning for marketing activities, and distraction free time to focus on client outreach and appointment setting? This app will help you build those routines.
As a REALTOR®, you’re out in the field all the time. It can be challenging to keep track of what’s happening online with your website and social media accounts because many of those notifications are delivered by email—a slow option. Push notifications on the other hand, are a great way of getting micro updates quickly delivered in a noticeable way. But not everything is available by way of push notification. In those cases, I recommend Pushover, a service to receive instant push notifications on your iOS and Android devices from a variety of sources. Cool thing, Pushover works with IFTTT, an app that specializes at connecting other applications. So for example, you can add your blog comments RSS feed to IFTTT and Pushover to begin receiving push notification for each new comment.
If you’re like me, you get unsolicited calls on your mobile phone. Not only is it annoying, but it’s counterproductive – getting spam phone calls while working with a client. A potential solution? Robokiller, this app was built to block spam calls by automatically blocking over 200,000 telemarketers and robocalls from ringing your mobile phone. Best of all, this service even works if the unsolicited caller is spoofing or changing their phone number. The Robokiller service offers a free 7-day free trial, and full service for $30.00 for the year.
iOS and Android
(7-day free trial, full service $30)
- Google Primer
There is no question that having a solid understanding of Internet marketing best practices is helpful toward growing your real estate business.That’s where the Google Primer app comes in. The app provides short, nicely paced lessons on branding, business insights, mobile and video marketing…and so much more.
iOS and Android
- RPR App
Power your social media lead generation campaign with reports created and shared from the RPR app. Built exclusively for Realtors, RPR’s app offers on-the-go access to a nationwide, parcel-centric database of both residential and commercial properties. Easily create and send branded property reports, and local market activity reports … anytime, anywhere. Also use your phone’s location to view nearby sales activity; or take a deeper dive into any property and view tax, mortgage, historical and distressed data, flood zones, dynamic mapping, and more.
iOS and Android
Online Property apps have considerably grown in popularity over the years due to the convenience and efficiency they offer. Many estate agents have caught up in the trend which rose to the creation of countless apps claiming to offer the best service. Scrolling through all of these apps, trying to find the most suitable app for your needs can feel like finding a needle in a haystack.
To guide you, listed below are the property apps our experts assessed and found to be the best.
List of companies offering the best property apps in the market for 2020.
- Love Your Postcode Property App Available on: Android
Included in the list of the top 1% UK Estate Agents, Love Your Post Code’s wide range of services comprises of a free next day valuation service, a personal property specialist, a direct dial extension in the app, and wide-angle photography, floor plans, measurements and virtual tours of your property. You can also search their listings through the app and filter them based on your precise criteria.
- Zoopla Property App Available on: iOS & Android
If you are planning on buying, renting, selling, or letting UK properties, this can be your go-to app. It provides information on prices, running costs, and market trends. It also saves your favorite properties and searches, sets custom alerts, and lets you contact agents straight from the app.
In this app, you can also search for nearby schools, local property experts, housing associations, retirement homes, shared ownership homes, and more.
- Rightmove UK Property App Available on: iOS & Android
This is one of the best platforms in buying and renting UK properties from local estate agents. Detailed floor plans, Photo galleries, and nearest transport links are made available in the app to help the users choose the right property. You can also search through its map and use street view to see homes up close. They allow you to save your property search and your favorite properties to continue your search on any device. You can choose to set up instant property alerts to be the first to know when there are newly available properties matching your criteria. It’ll also help you find local schools using the Rightmove School Checker tool.
- OnTheMarket Property Search App Available on: iOS & Android
This is where you can see hundreds of latest listings, at all price points in the UK and Overseas. The listings can be seen in this app 24 hours or more before other apps. You can also contact local estate and letting agents through the app. Comprehensive property details, floor plans, and google street views are also available to let you gain valuable insight into the property. You can see which stations and schools are local to a property via the map view.
- Mitula Homes App Available on: iOS & Android
This is an app available in 41 countries and 15 languages and contains thousands of listings. It has an intuitive interface that lets you filter your results by date of listing, and important criteria such as location, price, number of square meters, number of rooms, bathrooms, etc. Through the app, you can be able to contact the advertiser directly and even see your saved searches through any device once logged in. You can choose a neighborhood and see all the available homes there. If you are house-hunting with someone, you can both see the listings that you have shared. Places of interest nearby such as hospitals, schools, public transport and supermarkets are also shown in its map view.
- Nestoria App Available on: iOS & Android
This is an app designed to make the search for homes quicker and easier. It indexes millions of property adverts from over 40 countries and is available in 15 languages. Whether you want to buy or rent a house, flat, bungalow, terraced house, apartment, commercial property, or a cottage, you can contact the advertiser directly. With an account, you can access your saved searches and favorite adverts from any device. You can also rule out the adverts which are of no interest to you to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
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- AroundMe App Available on: iOS & Android
This app identifies your position from the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre and Taxi. It provides a complete list of all the
businesses in the category along with their distance relative to you. This app is what you’ll need if you want to make sure that there are establishments near the area you want to purchase.
- Mortgage Calculator UK App Available on: iOS, Android
This app is suitable for mortgage hunters, residing in the UK or not. It is basically a free mortgage and an overpayment calculator.
It computes the true cost of a mortgage deal both in the short and long term, with an option of factoring in monthly, annual or one-off overpayments
It’s not a problem if you don’t understand amortization or APR as helpful information is provided along the way, explaining what each number means and how it affects you.
- PlaceBuzz App Available on: iOS (Android app coming soon)
If you don’t want to install multiple apps but want to see all available listings, this is the app for you. It combines the properties listed on all the major property portals into one single app.
It offers a built-in Google street view to search the property area and establishments. There is also an option to receive push notifications once a property that matches your search settings comes on the market.
- Room Planner: IKEA Home Design App Available on: iOS; soon on Android
In creating the visualization, design planning, 3D virtual reality, and realistic HD render of your dream home, this app can be the most user-friendly tool you can use. You can also utilize it for your remodeling, renovation, decoration, house design, room planning, and furniture planning projects.
It has a floor plan creator that allows you to change anything in the design. You can also choose to add interior items from a full furniture catalog of 5,000 products from world-famous brands. 11. Crime Map England & Wales App Available on: iOS & Android
This app is not only essential for house hunters, but also for tourists, parents, and business owners. It shows real data from the Police forces of England and Wales and pinpoints exactly in its built-in map where crimes and antisocial behavior is rampant or has occurred in the past. It usually presents them by labeling areas as crime hot spots or safe zones. Zooming in the map can also show details of crimes that have occurred in that specific area. Crime rates per area are also indicated and compared to the national average. The app uses data provided by the National Policing Improvement Agency under an Open Government License.
- Kirstie and Phil’s House Hunter App Available on: iOS (₤2.99)
This is one of the best one-stop property apps available today. It enables you to search, view, make an offer, and close the deal in your desired property listings – all without leaving the app. It also publishes video guides, audio tips, and articles on finance, mortgages, estate agents, and more. It allows you to save your listings, call or email the agents directly on the app and calculate the costs using its own budget calculator.
- Mortgage Assistant App Available on: iOS, Free
This five-time Mortgage Adviser of the Year recipient offers more functionality than any other mortgage calculator apps. It provides a detailed affordability check and information on how much you can afford to borrow, how much your mortgage will cost, and what the current mortgage rates are. It gives its users real sources of help and information along with property articles, blogs, and mortgage-related news. You can also store your own mortgage information to its system and be notified once properties more suitable for your needs are made available every time. It is best paired with other apps like Zoopla and Rightmove UK.
It is in our homes that we hope to find solitude, peace and shelter.
It’s not easy to decide where to raise our kids, and where to stay for a long time. There are many factors that we want to consider whether we’re buying or selling homes. Many estate businesses have recognized this need and proposed apps as solutions to bridge the gap. We recognized that the above listed online estate agents put their best foot forward in trying to provide just that.
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.