The Real Estate by Zillow – Homes & Apartments, For Sale or Rent app is a great resource if you’re in the market for a new home or apartment in the U.S. This iOS Universal Lifestyle app boasts 100+ million home listings in its inventory of real estate properties for sale or rent. Another nice perk in this iPhone and iPad app is that you’ll also get free access to pre-foreclosures, foreclosures, foreclosure auctions and bank owned properties as well.
There are a lot of things to like about the Real Estate by Zillow app, but some of my favorite features are the Zestimate data and the variety of mortgage calculators, which give you a rough idea of what your new place is going to cost. These “Zestimates” estimate a property’s market value, monthly rental price or predicted selling price of a foreclosure. It’s not an appraisal, but an estimated market range based on public records.
The Market Guide is part of the Zestimate and gives a prediction of whether the property value for an area is going up or down, and by what percent. Each listing also comes with a nice finance pie chart that shows the payment breakdown amounts based on the asking price. Convenient slide bars allow you to change amounts if you like. Or you just may want figure things out on 1 of the 3 calculators provided in the app: Payment Calculator, Affordability Calculator, and Refinance Calculator.
The search functionality is easy and quick in this app. You can use your current GPS location or type in a search anywhere in the U.S. The Real Estate by Zillow app has a lot of useful search filters. You can filter properties for Sale or Rent, or by available houses or apartments. You can even view recently sold homes to get an idea of what properties are really selling for in your target area. You have the ability to further filter and sort by price, number of bedroom, bathrooms, pets allowed, lot size, keywords and more to bring back the results you’re looking for. Currently, there are no commercial properties listed in the Real Estate by Zillow app, just residential.
All results show up on a map with color coded arrows to indicate whether they’re sold, for rent, sale or pre-market. I found the map view a little tedious and cluttered, even though you can zoom out for better spacing. It was much easier to browse through the list view format, which also gives photos and listing info. One cool feature about the map is that you can draw a search area with you finger on the map and see the results pop up.
All listings come with lots of useful information such as nearby schools with data and ratings by GreatSchools.org. You’ll also find a variety of nearby amenities on the map for shopping, restaurants, gas, and etc. For convenience, local real estate agents are also listed so that you can contact one of them to see the listing in person, or Owner contact information if sold by owner. So, if you’re in the market for a new place or just like to keep track of the real estate market, the Real Estate by Zillow – Homes & Apartments, For Sale or Rent app is a great place to start.