Make moves with these 5 home-hunting apps

Last updated: June 4, 2018

The challenge of finding and moving into your dream home can be overwhelming. Thankfully, our favourite rental, real estate, and home design apps can help simplify your move, from search to feng shui.
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Why we love this
  1. 1This is the best all-around choice for renters, with clear navigation, helpful filters, and easy rental application tools
  2. 2An informative map view includes rental prices, colour-coded to indicate fresh and already-viewed listings
  3. 3Send digital applications and Experian credit reports via “Instant Apply” listings
Search for a short-term room or private lease, with filters for everything — from number of bedrooms to pet policy. You can contact landlords directly and stay on top of new listings via personalized, real-time alerts. List view is the one area where Zumper falls short, with no sorting options.
Why we love this
  1. 1This cleanly designed, insightful tool helps homebuyers embark on a well-informed search
  2. 2Listings feature nearby schools, local amenities, and travel times to city centres and transportation hubs
  3. 3View neighbourhood market stats, including sales volume and pricing trends broken down by property type
While Zolo features rentals, sales are where it shines — with helpful insights such as whether a home is likely to sell for over or under its asking price, and how soon. Search the country via map or list view (though coverage is lacking in certain provinces, like Québec), and contact agents by phone or email.

Canadian Mortgage App

Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Evaluate your potential homeowner costs and mortgage options with this super practical, intuitive app
  2. 2Compare mortgage rates with various payment frequencies, calculating minimum down payment and more
  3. 3An affordability calculator takes your income, local taxes, interest, and other monthly payments into account
This app’s smart design — and well-placed tooltips — makes potentially overwhelming information easy to digest. In addition to helping you take stock of all your estimated homeowner costs and mortgage payments, it’s a source of potential lenders, so you can start the mortgage process from the app.

Planner 5D: Design Your Home

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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Map out each square foot of your home with this impressive, approachable floor planner
  2. 2Create multi-floor designs with ease, right down to details like doors, archways, furniture, and outdoor space
  3. 3Toggle between 2D and 3D views, or turn on virtual reality mode to check out your space with Google Cardboard
Create — and continually iterate on — a detailed digital floor plan, even when you’re offline. Note that some key features, like access to the full catalogue (over 3000 lamps, staircases, windows, and other items of various styles) or “snapshots” (photorealistic images of your projects), don’t come free.

Houzz - Home Design & Remodel

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Why we love this
  1. 1Visualize your space and bring it to life with the help of design tools and the Houzz community
  2. 2“Sketch” rooms by adding real products (and annotations!) to your photos
  3. 3Shop the looks you created — or find an interior designer or contractor to help you nail it
Houzz is a vibrant hub for home design — from interior to exterior, inspiration to execution. Search photos and editorial stories for ideas, browse and buy furniture, or hire a professional. You can even seek advice from fellow design enthusiasts, and collaborate on “Ideabooks” — with the designer you just discovered, perhaps?
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