To pay, or not to pay, for an iPhone app.
Most end up choosing the latter, but if you're about to buy a new house, you presumably have some change lying around.
We say organizing, not conducting, because the app is meant to be a complement to a more intensive research process, something to use in the car or on the kitchen counter before and after a viewing. It's not meant to be Ground Zero for one of the most important decisions in your life.
The app's simplicity is its trump card.
You only have five functions to choose from, but they cover anything you'd need to remember about that quirky two-bedroom you saw.
The principal widget, "House Listing," is your home base. It allows you to rate everything about it, from proximity to work to sidewalk quality. You can also attach photos, write notes and email the info to other significants in your life.
The other major widget is the "mortgage calculator," which is exactly what it sounds like. This will come in handy when trying to digest exactly how much a six-figure purchase will cost per month.
The other features are pretty basic — photo tracking, sharing, and a master "feature list" you can set and compare against the places you're looking at.
Again, this app keeps it simple.
The same cannot be said of Trulia's app, which has nine different functions. It wants to be the starting point for your search, but nobody needs a mobile version of Trulia's main site. That's a lot to ask of a phone app, even a free one.
It's only advantage over House Hunter is its access to Trulia's listings database. So you're able to geolocate properties in whatever neighborhood you're visiting. Which leads to our final recommendation: Download both.
But lean on House Hunter.
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