5 Must-Have Apps to Boost Your Realtor Business – MUO – MakeUseOf
Real estate investors can easily take their business to the next level with these iPhone and Android apps.
Real estate investing is a competitive business and realtors are always looking for an edge over the competition. This usually means finding the latest software to find better deals and close on more properties.
If you’re a realtor looking for that competitive edge, consider downloading some of the top real estate investing apps for your iPhone or Android device. They will allow you to stay connected with deals on the go and even help you save time running your business. The more time you save, the more time you can spend closing your next deal.
All good real estate investors need to find and analyze properties for investment potential. DealCheck makes that easy. By analyzing your return on investment, you can sort through hundreds of potential deals with ease.
The days of scrolling through Zillow trying to find deals are over, as DealCheck does this automatically. By setting your criteria for flips, rentals, and wholesale properties—you can always be sure of a property’s potential.
If you’re interested in off-market deals, DealCheck has great features for you, too. You can import any potential property and analyze if it’s a good investment based on local data. Then you can access property owner info and contact them to offer to purchase the property.
If you’re an investor who seeks out funding from third parties, DealCheck will generate a professional investment report. You can then bring this report to your funding source.
Download: DealCheck for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
Every good real estate investor checks Realtor.com and Zillow to see what’s new on the market. However, if you’re not checking the foreclosure home listings you could be missing out on potential investments.
USHUD offers a database of homes that are up for foreclosure in your area. Oftentimes, homes listed here are cheaper than homes hitting the MLS (multiple listing service). This is because banks might not have the time to fix up a property for showings and are just looking to get rid of them.
If you’re willing to fix up a home or even do a refurb, if it’s needed, there are plenty of great deals you can find here.
To use the USHUD Foreclosure Home Search app, you must apply to be pre-qualified. This process only requires your basic contact info and the budget you’re looking to spend. The reason you need to do this is to protect the identity of those whose homes have been foreclosed upon.
Download: USHUD Foreclosure Home Search for iOS | Android (Free)
If you have your real estate license and are also interested in investing in properties, RPR Mobile is a must-have.
RPR mobile analyzes properties in a specific area to find up-and-coming areas, current trends, and help you analyze off-market deals.
Unlike other listing sites, RPR has tons of statistics that help you make the right decision. With access to tax info, distressed data, and mortgage history, you can find potential deals that other investors might miss. This is important as real estate investing is a competitive market.
RPR Mobile also offers company branding. This is a helpful feature if you have clients or investors and want your reports to look professional.
RPR Mobile is only accessible to those who have a real estate license, as you need an NRDS ID to create an account.
Download: RPR Mobile for iOS | Android (Free)
Real estate listings with professional photos are more likely to sell quickly and for more money. For this reason, having a good camera is essential for any real estate investor.
But with such great cameras on our smartphones, do we need a separate camera? The answer is no. You can use your iPhone or Android device and download the Exposio Real Estate Camera app instead. This app will give you professional-quality real estate photos using your phone.
Exposio Real Estate Camera uses your smartphone’s camera with special filters that make homes look better. The filters allow you to change the color of the sky, turning a gray sky into a blue sky in seconds. There are also great filters to make rooms look more open and colorful, attracting the attention of online viewers.
With the Exposio Real Estate Camera app, you can be your own professional photographer and get listings up quicker. Photos taken with the app are watermarked, but the watermark can be removed with an in-app purchase.
Download: Exposio Real Estate Camera for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
Notaries are an essential part of a realtor’s business, as many documents need to be notarized. If you don’t want to wait for a mobile notary or want to save money, consider using the Notarize app instead.
The Notarize app connects you to a live public notary any time you need one. Once connected, you can upload the documents and have them notarized by a virtual notary in real-time. In the presence of both parties, who show their ID, the document is officially notarized.
This is great for purchase agreements, as notarizing the document makes it official and helps you secure a deal. This app would be best for those who do frequent off-market deals, as you can get a professional closing contract with a client anywhere, anytime.
While this app is helpful, some counties in the US might not accept virtually notarized documents for warranty deeds. While this might change in the future, using the Notarize app for purchase agreements is safe and legally binding.
Download: Notarize for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
There are hundreds of apps out there designed for real estate investors. With so many options on the market, it can be hard to find what works for you. Luckily, there are clear winners for the best apps when it comes to real estate investing.
If you take advantage of these apps, you’ll save time by finding better deals, taking photos, and notarizing documents. This gives you more time to focus on what really matters—closing deals. And no matter where your business takes you, you’ll have the best apps ready to go right on your iPhone.
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Joe is a former web designer and current entrepreneur and freelance writer. He is passionate about making technology assessable for everyone. When not writing for MakeUseOf, he can be found skateboarding, hiking, and attending graduate school.
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