Apps for home buying

It’s easier than ever to find homes for sale in Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill. Gone are the days of driving around from neighborhood to neighborhood looking for a property with a sign out front, crossing your fingers that it has everything you want. Nowadays you just have to visit a website, set your search preferences, and homes matching your settings are all at your fingertips. What’s more is that when you register with My NC Homes, relevant searches are delivered to your inbox! It couldn’t be easier, or could it?

Even with some preferences set there can still be several listings to choose from in larger cities. Fret not – these handy home buying apps could be just what you need to find the right home for you in this big market.

Google Maps

Not only can Google Maps help you navigate your way to a potential home, it can help you figure out what the commute could be like from a potential home to your favorite places. What’s the commute like with traffic? How close is your favorite coffee shop? You can also see what the neighborhood looks like during the day. Is there a cemetery nearby or a busy industrial corridor? A great home in a lousy location can be a recipe for resentment down the road, so always consider the surrounding area when shopping for a home.


If you typically use transit to get around then you’ll definitely want to have Walkscore on hand when browsing for homes. Designed for apartment hunters, Walkscore assigns a percentage based on the homes proximity to amenities and transit. It then assigns a rating based on the percentage, from car-dependent to very walkable, minimal transit to riders paradise, and somewhat bikeable to bikers paradise.


The Greatschools app is a full directory of schools in the palm of your hand! It compares schools based on their test scores, college readiness, and other academic factors. You can also find out more about what each school offers for extracurricular activities, read reviews, find out more about enrollment info, and browse pictures of inside and out. Find schools that are important to you then use our search tools to find homes nearby.

The Triangle Area has a growing number of homes to offer, from charming bungalows to new-construction communities and luxury properties, and there are thousands of listings to sort through.


Do you see yourself in an urban highrise or a small cottage in the country? Not really sure what city is best for you? If the sky’s the limit, then you should definitely check out Dwellr. Developed by the U.S. Census Bureau, this fun and interactive app gets you to answer some basic questions about your lifestyle and gives you a list of recommended U.S. cities that it thinks you’d love. It can also give you more info about housing values, education, and transportation.

With so many great tools at your fingertips, it’s a great time to be looking for a home. Armed with these tools and the best resource of all, an experienced real estate agent, you’ll be well on your way to finding your perfect home. Get in touch with the My NC Homes team today to learn more!

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