5 Ways Apple TV Can Help You Find a New Home

Choose the best app for finding a home for you and your family

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When it comes to buying or renting your new home, you and your 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 Apple TV while you all make up your minds about your next move.

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Trulia Real Estate

Apple TV real estate

What We Like

  • Categories for new listings, safe neighborhoods, lofts, and fixer-uppers.

  • Detailed neighborhood maps.

  • Shows local crime rates.

What We Don't Like

  • Some listings show interior photos only.

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

Trulia introduced Apple tvOS and iOS apps to help home buyers and renters explore its lists of homes for sale and rent. The app is highly visual with lots of images of listings that can be searched 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, browse images and video walk-throughs on your TV. The app provides information about the local area, so you can check for local schools and transportation lines.

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Zillow Real Estate

Zillow Apple TV real estate

What We Like

  • Filter listings.

  • View content on Zillow TV.

  • See estimated payments with a 20% down payment.

What We Don't Like

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

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

Search for 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, browse nearby for homes and find information about the local area, amenities, and mortgage advice.

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Homesnap Real Estate and Rentals

Homesnap Apple TV real estate

What We Like

  • Search for homes by school zones.

  • 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. Use this app 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 shares properties by “tossing” the Apple TV a listing with an upward swipe on your iPhone screen. 

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Zumper Rentals

Zumper

What We Like

  • View listings in a desired price range.

  • Excellent resource for rentals in 10 major U.S. cities.

  • Updates occur in real time.

What We Don't Like

  • Focuses on 10 major cities.

  • Isn't useful for rentals in small cities and towns.

Zumper gives you the ability to explore properties for rent across the country by city, place, and postal code. Just flick between each property with your Apple remote.

Browse nearby listings, save Favorites, and change search terms. Each property listing includes images and property listings provided by the real estate firm. 

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Luxury Real Estate TV

One Percenters Club

What We Like

  • Covers multimillion dollar properties around the world.

  • View custom internal and external videos of listings.

  • Email links to listings.

What We Don't Like

  • Only basic information is provided.

  • Must request additional information about a property.

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 showcases some of the world’s most gorgeous houses.

When You Find Your New Home

Once you find your new potential home, there are other apps that help with the rest of the process.

  • Make a floor plan quickly with the Magic Plan iPhone app.
  • Create a professional-looking listing to post on real estate marketing portals with the SQFT real estate app.
  • Check local crime rates using the SpotcrimeTV app while you are making a purchasing decision.
  • Plan home decoration or locate local contractors with Houzz.