Top 10 Apps for Whistler Home Buyers and Sellers
More than 77% of people own a smartphone. The average person checks their smartphone 46 times a day, with people under the age of 24 checking it an average of 74 times a day. We scroll through social media, read emails, and get up-to-date on the latest news.
Smartphones are not only a useful tool for communication. With the following apps, you can get organized (whether you plan to buy or sell in Whistler), learn about the homes in your neighbourhood, and get inspired for your next renovation project. If you’re like 81% of people, you have your smartphone with you during most of your waking hours; let it help you stay organized and make your life easier.
Apps For Sellers
Are you a homeowner who is thinking of selling? If you’re preparing to sell your Whistler home, you know there are a lot of tasks to complete before putting it on the market. These apps help you manage your to-dos so you can list and sell your home more efficiently with fewer distractions.
At The Linnell Group, we use DocuSign for 99% of our transactions. Use the DocuSign app to complete approvals and agreements in hours—not days—from anywhere and on any device. Quickly and securely access and sign any documents. The benefit to using the app (over your desktop computer) is you will receive push notifications when a document is waiting for your signature and you can view and organize all your docs on-the-go. Using the easily downloadable app, receive and sign documents for free. You can receive and sign documents for free when we send them to you, but will need a paid account to send documents yourself. (iOS, Android, Windows, Web).
Designed for use on the Web and mobile devices, Wunderlist is a well-designed to-do list and task management program that makes it easy to create a list and add tasks, due dates and reminders. Organize your ideas or focus into separate lists or create tasks within one list. You can also email them with whomever you collaborate, such as a spouse or your real estate agent. (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Web)
Real Estate Dictionary
Not sure what all those industry-specific terms mean? Search thousands of words and phrases from real estate, mortgage, and financial dictionaries for clear, in-depth definitions. This is a handy app for anyone who’s buying or selling and wants to learn more about the process. (iOS, Android)
Apps For Buyers
When you’re ready to buy, there are several apps that can help you stay on top of the process. Whether you’re browsing online at different neighbourhoods and homes and can’t seem to remember where all your saved data and information went or you want to save an important task or a neighbourhood or listing clipped from the Web, these apps help you keep it all straight.
Whistler Village is jam-packed with coffee shops, restaurants, and retail stores, sometimes everyone needs a little guidance to find what they are looking for! Discover what’s located in and around Whistler and the properties you are looking at. The AroundMe app allows you to search for restaurants, gas stations, movie theaters, banks and more near your location. Open the app when you’re viewing a home and see what’s nearby. (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)
Evernote (Free for the Basic version, $34.99 per year for Plus and $69.99 per year for Premium)
Collect ideas, notes, and images in one place to access later on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Categorize your notes so you can find them quickly and easily and share them with others in a group notebook. Add the Web Clipper feature to your browser and clip and save articles, blogs, and images from the Web. Whether you’re collecting research on a business idea or you’re looking for inspiration for a home renovation, Evernote can help you keep it all together. (Web, iOS, Android)
Canadian Mortgage App
Although there are many free mortgage calculators available for download, this app from CMHC will help you assess the monthly payment, closing costs, the maximum loan and more of the homes you’re interested in. These numbers should be used as a guide, work with your agent and mortgage professional to learn exactly what type of loan you’ll qualify for. (iOS, Android, BlackBerry)
Google Maps is a must-have for anyone who’s house hunting. When you’re ready to visit a property or check out a neighbourhood, you can use Google Maps to give you turn by turn directions to the house. You can use their satellite view to get a good idea how far important things like schools, parks, shopping, bus stops, and restaurants are to a home you are interested in and check out the other houses on the street. (Web, Android, iOS)
Apps For Homeowners
These apps not only offer ideas for your next remodel or home décor project, some of them even give you a preview of what your home may look like once it’s finished.
The Houzz app is the number one app for home design. The app gives you access to all the inspiration, blogs and design ideas from the Houzz site on your phone or tablet. The app features View in My Room 3D, which allows you to view products in your home before you buy. Just take a photo of the space and a 3D version of the product will appear. Browse products, save photos of designs you’d like to view later and connect with local professionals in your area. Whether you’re gathering ideas for your next renovation and décor project or you’re just browsing, the Houzz app will satisfy all your design needs. (Android, iOS)
Make sure the photos, shelves, mirrors and other artwork you hang are even and aligned with this helpful app. It’s an all-in-one toolkit that features a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, ruler, and protractor. There's no need to purchase these tools separately; just hold your smartphone up to the wall and the app will take care of the rest. (iOS, Android)
From keeping things clean to making them colorful, Brightnest, developed by Angie’s List, is loaded with suggestions on how to make your home a better place to live. With categories of customized tips (money-saving, cleaning, eco-friendly, healthy, cooking, and creative) there are plenty of great ways to pull inspiration from the app. BrightNest will help you tackle important home tasks with easy-to-follow instructions, a personal schedule, and helpful reminders. (iOS, Android, Web)
Ready to move beyond the app?
If you’re thinking of buying or selling your Whistler home, or know someone who is, we’re happy to help!
Source: 1. Pew Research Center, January 12, 2017 http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/12/evolution-of-technology/
2. Deloitte, 2016 global mobile consumer survey: US edition https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/technology-media-and-telecommunications/articles/global-mobile-consumer-survey-us-edition.html
3. Gallup, July 9, 2015 http://www.gallup.com/poll/184046/smartphone-owners-check-phone-least-hourly.aspx