For years, the apartment search website Padmapper has been using a simple but effective way to let renters see the available listings in their neighborhood of choice. You visit the site, type in the neighborhood you want to live in, and voilà, all the apartments for rent in that area populate your screen. The app got more sophisticated over time – now you can narrow your search parameters by number of bedrooms, bathrooms, price range and “walkability.”
Realtor.com rolled out a similar app for real estate, useful for home buyers and mortgage professionals alike. The app is similar to Padmapper, but includes more high quality photos and sale information, along with the mapping feature.
Ever taken a stroll through a nice neighborhood and wondered what it might cost to buy a house there? The app has a “nearby” function that lets the user see all the homes being sold within a mile of where they are standing. You can also narrow your search to look for open houses, new listings, and even recent foreclosures.