5 Ways Apple TV Can Help You Find a New Home

Apple TV can help you find your next home

When it comes to buying or renting your new home, you and your whole family can work together to figure out your next move using an Apple TV and this selection of apps. In most cases, the apps work in conjunction with iOS apps, so everyone can share their research on the Apple TV while you all make up your minds about your next move.

Trulia Real Estate

Apple TV real estate

What We Like

  • Includes categories for new listings, safe neighborhoods, lofts, fixer-uppers, and more.

  • View detailed neighborhood maps.

  • Examine local crime rates listed for each home.

What We Don't Like

  • Some listings show interior photos only.

  • You can't book a viewing from the Apple TV app.

Trulia has introduced Apple tvOS and iOS apps to help you explore its lists of homes for sale and rent. The app is highly visual with lots of images of places listed that you can search by listing address, street name, or area. You can also search for your next potential home in collections such as Safe Neighborhoods or Great Walks.

When you find a place you like, you can browse images and any available video walk-throughs on your TV. The app provides information about the local area, so you can check for local schools and transportation lines.

Zillow Real Estate

Zillow Apple TV real estate
Curated property listings with Zillow. Zillow

What We Like

  • Filter listings by price, neighborhood, number of bedrooms, or baths.

  • View original content on Zillow TV.

  • See estimated payments with a 20 percent down payment for each listing.

What We Don't Like

  • Estimated payments are only calculated for a 20 percent down payment.

Zillow offers its own Apple TV app including its video channel, Zillow TV. The app works with its iPhone and iPad equivalents, which means if you save a home to your Zillow account on one device, you can recall it on the others.

You can search properties by street and location and explore collections of video and images of places you like. When you find somewhere you like the look of, you can browse nearby for homes and dig out information about local area, amenities, and mortgage advice.

Homesnap Real Estate and Rentals

Homesnap Apple TV real estate
Throw your next home. Homesnap

What We Like

  • Search for homes by school zones.

  • Use advanced search features.

  • Find Open Houses by date.

What We Don't Like

  • Companion iOS device must be on the same Wi-Fi network and requires a code from Apple TV.

Homesnap’s map-based real estate app lets you create your own search filters and then presents you with images of places that match your requirements. Using this app, you are able to browse homes and unearth a host of interesting information about those that interest you, including valuable data such as previous selling prices, estimated property taxes, and local housing market movements.

The app syncs with similar apps on iOS devices and lets you share properties easily just by “tossing” the Apple TV a listing with an upward swipe on your iPhone screen. 

Zumper Rentals

Zumper. Jumper

What We Like

  • You can view listings within a desired price range.

  • The app is excellent resource for rentals in 10 major U.S. cities.

  • Updates occur in real time.

What We Don't Like

  • The app focuses on 10 major cities.

  • It isn't useful for rentals in small cities or towns.

Zumper lets you explore properties for rent across the country by city, place, and postal code, flicking between each property with your Apple remote.

You can browse nearby listings, save Favorites, and change search terms. Each property listing includes images and property listings as provided by the relevant real estate firm. 

Luxury Real Estate TV

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Luxury Homes on your TV. Luxury Real Estate

What We Like

  • The app covers multimillion dollar properties around the world.

  • View custom internal and external videos of listings.

  • You can email links to listings.

What We Don't Like

  • Only basic information is provided in app.

  • You must request additional information if needed.

If you are one of those few people fortunate enough to own a place like this, congratulations are in order. Meanwhile, for the rest of us, the Luxury Real Estate TV app provides a glimpse inside some of the world’s most luxurious homes, from villas in the lush Italian countryside to multimillion-dollar condominiums in Silicon Valley. 

The app is published by an international luxury real estate specialist and lets you flick through some of the world’s most gorgeous houses.

When You Find Your New Home

There goes the neighbourhood
What's the Crime Rate?. Spotcrime

Once you find your new potential home, other apps can help with the rest of the process. You might use the Magic Plan iPhone app to make a floor plan quickly, or the SQFT real estate app to create a professional looking listing to post on real estate marketing portals.

It makes sense to check local crime rates using the SpotcrimeTV app while you are making a purchasing decision.

Once you decide to buy, take a look at Houzz, a nicely designed app for planning home decoration or locating local contractors.