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The 22 Best Apps for Real Estate Agents & Brokers

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No one misses the old days when the business of buying and selling property was driven by mountains of cumbersome paper printouts and endless hand - scribbled notes. However, the digital era presents its own distinct challenges.

The sheer number of apps for real estate agents and brokers is dizzying to say the least. Meanwhile, the modern client or business partner expects these professionals to have all needed information literally at their fingertips.

Never fear! We have made a thorough review of all today’s top apps with the help of a team of industry experts. By matching only the best apps to your specific wants and needs, you can make your job far easier and do your work much better.

The Real Estate Experts

Here's who we surveyed:

The “Best Real Estate Apps” Categories

We grouped the experts' top real estate app recommendations into eight categories. Below, you'll find the best real estate apps for:

  • Accessing Listings
  • Calculating Mortgages
  • Sharing Referrals
  • Property Auctions
  • Running Your Team on the Go
  • Handling Paperwork & eSignatures
  • Recording Walk - Throughs
  • Email Marketing

To sweeten the pot, we added a bonus category for you: lesser - known real estate apps that you’ll wonder how you got along without once you try them.

The Best Apps for Accessing Real Estate Listings

1. Redfin

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: Our panel of experts all swore by Redfin's mobile app. Not only is it free, but it also shows MLS listings (updated every 10-15 minutes), as well as foreclosures, short sales, and for-sale-by-owner homes. Users can search by school district, neighborhood, and budget. Most of the experts agreed that Redfin’s interface is the easiest to use of all the real estate apps. Additionally, Greenspan said that she’s found Redfin’s price estimates to be the most realistic.

2. Zillow

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: In addition to providing a convenient way to find current listings, Zillow Real Estate and Rentals takes you inside properties with immersive photos and virtual tours. Zillow also offers separate apps that focus exclusively on either homes or apartments. Other specialized Zillow apps include Zillow Rental Manager (to help property managers fill vacancies) and Mortgage by Zillow (to handle a wide range of property financing matters).

3. Trulia

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: Only need rental properties? Gollan felt that Trulia offers the most comprehensive listing of available rental properties of all the real estate apps out there. Plus, it’s easy to use on a smartphone or tablet. And whereas other rental sites are often difficult to navigate, our experts all agreed that Trulia’s interface offers the easiest experience for searching by property type and features.

4. Homesnap

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: A free real estate app that’s powered by the MLS, Homesnap offers a section that’s only available to licensed agents and brokers; in it, they can access information about properties that they can’t get on Redfin or Zillow. For example, Homesnap points out which properties are being offered “as is” or on a “cash - only” basis. Gollan said that she uses Homesnap to research properties that her clients have seen elsewhere on the web so she can advise them on specific issues that might not have been evident in online listings.

The Best App for Calculating Mortgages

5. Mortgage Calculator Plus

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: If you need an easy way to calculate monthly mortgage payments, our experts felt that this was the best real estate app for the job. Specifically, it enables agents to input all the variables — home price, taxes, etc. — to see just how much “buying the dream” is going to cost. Gradet pointed out that it’s especially helpful for providing clients with realistic payment calculations.

The Best App for Sharing Referrals

6. HomeKeepr

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free with a standard zipLogix account
  • Why You’ll Love It: According to the experts, HomeKeepr is the best app for real estate agents and brokers to share preferred vendors — such as inspectors, contractors, or landscapers — with clients. HomeKeepr differentiates itself from other sites by having a local focus, so there’s no time wasted scrolling through contractors or gardeners who don’t serve a specific area. The vendor listing is culled from the personal recommendations of real estate pros and includes their firsthand reviews and experiences.

The Best App for Auctions

7. Xome Auctions

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: This app has compiled one of the largest collections of exclusive properties up for auction throughout the United States. Covering luxury real estate as well as fixer - uppers, it has listings that include REOs, short sales, and foreclosures. Xome Auctions even provides access to pre - auction properties and push notifications to alert you of all competitive bids in real time.

The Best Apps for Running Your Real Estate Team on the Go

8. GSuite Business

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: $10/month
  • Why You’ll Love It: From sending emails and creating documents to managing your personal website, GSuite Business is the best app for busy agents and brokers to keep track of documents across multiple devices. The cloud - based system enables users to access their work from anywhere, so it makes it easy for all team members to see and edit any files they’re collaborating on. The main selling point of the paid version is the email hosting capabilities, which make it simple to send and receive emails through a real estate pro's personal website.

9. Slack

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: When it comes to communicating with your team, there’s no better app than Slack. Forget annoying text chains; Slack sends instant messages to everyone added to a channel, thereby ensuring everyone stays in the loop. It can also be used to share files and store information.

10. Trello

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: Our panel of experts unanimously agreed that Trello is the best project management app for real estate agents. The program enables project tracking by creating “cards” that can be moved and updated as a team hits its goals. If you're a team lead, you can add your entire office (or certain members) to specific Trello boards and assign various tasks to each individual. Once tasks are completed, the team members can mark each item as done, allowing the organizer to keep tabs on a team’s progress. The experts we spoke with also like Trello’s scheduling tool, which enables participants to organize, RSVP, and reschedule meetings, after which Trello sends email reminders.

11. Monday

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: $25+/month, depending on size of your team and how many bells and whistles you want
  • Why You’ll Love It: This program takes Trello up a notch — but it also comes at a price. The Monday app helps you organize all the marketing projects, recruiting, client management, and team management you need to do to keep your business running, while also letting you track all agents’ sales, relationships, and leads. It provides you with a visual way to see who’s working on what and what’s left to be completed in order to close deals.

The Best Apps for Handling Paperwork & eSignatures

12. DocuSign

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Real Estate Starter plan is $10 per month | DocuSign for NAR member REALTORS is $20 per month
  • Why You’ll Love It: Forget the days of printing, signing, and scanning contracts. DocuSign is ideal for quickly sending documents that require an eSignature. In fact, it takes the top spot in app ratings for the most efficient way to get documents signed by numerous people. The "Realtor" plan price point ($20 per month) allows for up to five users and includes the use of the mobile app. Your buyers and sellers will love you for having this because they can quickly update their offers and have all parties sign it straight from the app.

13. Dropbox

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: $20/month
  • Why You’ll Love It: This app provides a way to keep all the important files that agents and brokers need in one easy - to - access place. Assign a file to each client and then share links to the individual files and documents, as needed. Dropbox is available anywhere, so busy real estate professionals can access whatever they need on any device, be it computer or smartphone. While the free version seems like it will suffice, the Dropbox Advanced plan offers a number of features that can make a big difference, including unlimited storage and the ability to have multiple administrators with different permissions for each folder.

14. Genius Scan

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: Genius Scan is the best way to deal with the copious amounts of documents that invariably need to be scanned. Users simply snap a smartphone photo of a signed document and send it on its way. The best part of Genius Scan is that it can be done anywhere, alleviating the need to be stuck at the office scanning documents. Genius Scan Plus, which carries a $3 upgrade fee, enables users to export documents to Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud Drive. It’s also free of annoying advertisements and allows users to add a custom email signature.

The Best Apps for Recording Real Estate Walk-Throughs

15. FiLMiC Pro

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: $14.99
  • Why You’ll Love It: This app is hands - down the best app for real estate agents and brokers who want to shoot video. But don't just take our experts' word for it: this app has won numerous awards for providing top - quality recording technology, too. You get three different shooting modes to choose from, and if you’re feeling particularly artistic, you can even adjust the temperature and tint of each shot. The app also allows you to customize your settings to fit your needs and video preferences. And once you’re done with the video, you can share it directly from the app to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Plus, FiLmiC has a great blog with all sorts of tips and tricks if you need help or just want to improve your video game.

16. Instagram

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: Every agent and broker knows that when it comes to real estate social media marketing, Instagram is King. It has become the default channel for real estate pros to post stunning photos of properties and interior decorating ideas. Use Stories for video recordings, Reels for videos, or create your own IGTV channel with your insight. Instagram prioritizes video content, so try anything from touring a house live, creating TikTok - type home highlight Reels, or go live from a house and answer questions. Be sure to hashtag your town and related topcic to get the most reach.

The Best App for Email Marketing

17. MailChimp

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: Our experts agreed that MailChimp is the best app for email marketing. Specifically, they loved it for keeping in touch with current and prospective clients, as well as updating them on current listings. The MailChimp template is easy to use and highly customizable to reflect each user's individual branding. The free version allows users to send up to 12,000 emails per month to 2,000 contacts. Several of the experts we spoke with also said that MailChimp is an excellent tool for keeping in touch with past clients, who may be potential repeat buyers or sellers.

Best Apps You’ll Love But Might Never Have Heard Of

Now that you've taken a look at the top popular apps that real estate agents and brokers use regularly, let's check out a few more. The following five apps aren't as well known, but they are so clever that we know you'll love adding them to your real estate tool kit.

18. Key.me

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You'll Love It: KeyMe is an app where you can scan a key, or several keys, at a conveniently located kiosk to make identical copies that work like a charm. The app helps you find local locksmith services at designated, self - service kiosks to help out when you need additional key copies for a property showing or house inspection for a pending sale. And you don't need to worry that you'll have to travel far to pick up your key copy since there are locations all over the United States.

19. Calendly

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You'll Love It: If you're looking for a game changer in time management as a real estate agent or broker, Calendly might be the solution you need. With this free app, you can take a measured approach to tracking time you spend corresponding back and forth with each client, ensuring that you can sync everything up on your personal calendar and your real estate–specific calendar for listing appointments, showings, and open - house events. Calendly lets you level up your efficiency, allowing you to send out links to your clients to give them a chance to book showings that work best for them within your available time frame. Best of all, you can use it in your office, at home, or on the go with the web - based version or the mobile app on iOS and Android.

20. Canva

  • Available For Download On: Canva | Google Play
  • Price: Free to $12.99/month
  • Why You'll Love It: Originally created to serve as a repository for photos, Canva has become so much more and a wonderful tool for today's most creative real estate brokers and agents. Today, you can create and edit photographs, documents, presentations, social media graphics, brochures, posters, and any other visual content. Since 90% of modern homebuyers conduct at least some portion of their search online, you have a great opportunity to show off a property in the best possible light to attract motivated buyers. Take the best photos of your homes ready for listing and then spruce them up in Canva.

21. Animoto

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Animoto
  • Price: Free to $55/month
  • Why You'll Love It: Similar to the wondrous benefits of still photography in the digital age for real estate agents and brokers, Animoto can help you add the right spark to spontaneous video clips. For example, if one of your property seller's garden has started to bloom since your original listing, you can capture a quick clip or still filled with bumblebees and butterflies and then instantly send it out to social media platforms to give everyone a fresh perspective on the home.

22. MagicPlan

  • Available For Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: $9.99 to $89.99/month
  • Why You'll Love It: For real estate agents and brokers who want to show prospective buyers the specific layout of a home, MagicPlan makes it quick and easy. You will love the easy - to - use interface that doesn't sacrifice state-of-the-art technology that lets you measure a home's interior in moments. You can send plans to clients in 2D and 3D to help them visualize how the layout works for their families and lifestyles.

Updated March 22nd, 2022 by Chad Deitchley


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Last updated on May 26, 2022.

Originally published on May 26, 2022.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Berxi™ or Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company. This article (subject to change without notice) is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute professional advice.

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