7 Must Have Apps for Real Estate

The way people buy and sell real estate has changed dramatically, even just within the last few years. We can thank the evolution of smartphones, tablets, cloud computing, and other recent innovations. Gone are the days of fax machines and xeroxing copious amounts of paperwork (well, almost). Here are some apps that I’ve been using with my clients that have helped make the real estate transaction process more streamlined, while saving a few trees in the process. The best part – these apps are free (for now).

1. Dropbox – cloud storage. A great way for your Realtor to share all the tedious amounts of paperwork from the transaction with you. And you can access it from anywhere with an internet/wifi connection, be it here in SB, vacation in Hawaii, business trip to China, etc. (www.dropbox.com)

2. Docusign – electronic signatures. This allows you to sign forms, disclosures, addenda, with the swipe of your finger. Best advice – set up an account from your desktop and choose one of the suggested fonts. It will look cleaner and neater than trying to do your signature in a tiny space on your phone (www.docusign.net)

3. Skype, FaceTime, Google+ Hangout – allows for video chatting. If you cannot be present during an inspection or the final walk thru, this is the next best thing. I’ve used all of these with my remote clients. I just did a FaceTime walk thru with my clients from Seattle; a Skype inspection and walk thru with clients in China; Google Hangout with clients from Houston. Ultimately, it allows you flexibility in your schedule to do the things you need to, while still staying connected to the purchase process (www.skype.com) (FaceTime works only with Apple/Mac products) (www.google.com/hangouts).

4. Evernote – note taking app. Allows you to document all the homes you are seeing, with photos, video, voice memos, etc. And since this also lives on the cloud, you can access these notes from anywhere (www.evernote.com).

5. Mortgage Calculator – allows you to quickly punch in the purchase price and shows you an approximation of your monthly payments. Use this for broad strokes, but consult your lender when you find something you’re really interested in (look in the App Store, or Google Play for Android).

6. Houzz & Pinterest – good for home design/decoration ideas. And highly addictive. Some of my interior designer clients were the first to show Houzz to me, and now it has a huge following (www.houzz.com) (www.pinterest.com).

7. Trulia, Zillow, Realtor – still the best mobile interface for house hunting. Very user friendly and actually fun to use. The main caveat – the info isn’t always up to date and the valuations are only about 50% accurate (it even says so on their site).

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Move right in to this charmingly remodeled townhouse in the sought-after Stonecreek Association. This functional 2 bedroom and 1.5 bathroom unit boasts some tasteful upgrades. The kitchen was remodeled with granite countertops, maple cabinets, and Stainless steel appliances. Both bathrooms are accoutered with travertine tile and granite countertops. Beautiful wood floors were installed, and dual pane windows and recessed lighting added. The enclosed patio provides privacy and is perfect for queuing up the BBQ. Association fees are only $210 per month!

Conveniently located across from Ellings Park, and just down the road from Hendry’s Beach, The Boathouse, and the Douglas Preserve. This is incredible value for Santa Barbara living.

Offered at $497,000

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Dapper New Listing in Mountain View Ranch

Chic and sophisticated offering in the highly sought after Mountain View Ranch. Very seldom does a 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom unit come available, especially as clean and stylish as this. This unit even has an extra bonus room – making an ideal office, exercise room, library, etc. Newer laminate floors shine throughout. The kitchen was opened up to the dining and living room areas. Restoration Hardware features accentuate the tastefully remodeled bathroom. Soak up Santa Barbara’s perfect weather on private outdoor patios off the master bedroom and dining area.

The Mountain View Ranch Association is graced with desirable and resort-like amenities – swimming pool with BBQ area, private and large park also equipped with BBQ pits, sand volleyball court, fruit trees, and more. And one cannot help but appreciate how beautifully maintained the association is.

Enjoy the best of Santa Barbara and Goleta outdoor activities nearby  – biking and hiking trails abound, play a round at Sandpiper Golf Course, take the surfboards out to Haskell’s Beach, and fulfill your shopping and dining needs at the Camino Real Shopping Center.

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This house was stunning from the moment I walked through the front door. The sweeping views of the ocean, Channel Islands, and St. Anthony’s Seminary are on display from everywhere on the entry level. The home has been remodeled with meticulous attention to detail and design. The layout consists of 3 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms (approx. 2,387 sq ft) including a new master suite. But to tell you the truth, I’d be spending  most of my time on the view deck with a fruity drink. Sold for $1,655,000.

Sold! Luxury Bel Air Knolls Home

Just sold! Located up a private drive rests this luxury home which was extensively remodeled in 2005. The 2 story floor plan consists of 3 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms with approx 2,182 sq ft of living space. The property enjoys a spacious .45 acre private lot surrounded by bamboo and lush landscaping. Other features include Saltillo tile floors, wood floors, wrought iron accents and handrails, newer kitchen with granite countertops, custom cabinetry, and Viking and Bosch appliances. While this home enjoys it’s privacy, it lends itself to entertaining with French doors leading to the patio and BBQ area. Listed at $1,299,000.


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Just sold this gorgeously remodeled home near downtown Santa Barbara. Extensive remodeling in 2011 included new electrical, plumbing, roof, stunning upstairs master suite addition, and kitchen with Viking appliances. 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms with a great layout. The private backyard makes ideal entertaining space. Sold for $845,000.

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I just sold this super charming home located right in the heart of San Roque, and walking distance to Peabody School. The house looks like the setting for a Pottery Barn catalog. It consists of 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms (remodeled), kitchen with Viking cooking unit and Stainless Steel appliances, French doors to the back yard, and 2 car garage. Listed at $987,000.

Just Sold! Clean & Spacious Townhouse in San Roque

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