Your smartphone is not just for web browsing and email anymore. In today’s hot real estate market, you can’t afford not to put the computer in your pocket to work for you! Whether you’re searching for a real estate agent, beginning your home buying or selling process, or finally ready to close the deal, here are five mobile apps to make it easier:

Zillow App.

The reason I love this app is that its Boston condo agent reviews are built right in. You can sort real estate agents by location, number of reviews and experience in the type of real estate you’re looking for (residential, commercial or other). Of course, the Zillow app is also useful for browsing homes for sale in your area to compare prices, or for staying on top of new listings. Just remember that Zestimates are not always accurate (mostly not accurate), so talk to your real estate agent when you see something that catches your eye! Free for for Android and iOS.

Mortgage calculator app.

Want to estimate your monthly mortgage payments, with principal and interest components clearly defined? Curious about how property taxes, PMI, homeowner’s insurance and Boston condo fees factor in? These apps allow you to punch in the home cost, down payment and interest and instantly get back the numbers you need to estimate your buying power. Essential in this fast-paced Boston real estate market! For Android us U.S. Mortgage Calculator, for iOS we like the Mortgage Calculator by Left Coast R&D. Both are free.

Measurement app.

Will your prized vanity fit in the bedroom? What were the dimensions on that window that needs repair? This app allows you to note dimensions and measurements directly in photos you take with your smartphone. Just save, print or share your photos, notes and dimensions using this app. IMAGinE Measures is free for Android; Photo Measures performs the same function on iOS for $7.


The best thing about the digital age is that most of the paperwork involved in a Boston condo for sale transaction can now be handled digitally. This app lets you download pdfs, sign them, and send them back with the touch of a button. For $5, you can use the app for 10 documents. Not only is it easier, you’ll save yourself time and speed up the whole home buying or selling process — a nice advantage in this fast-paced market! Available for Android and iOS. (We provide our clients with a free and easy to use electronic signature program, this recommendation is for those who are not using our services.).

Don’t forget, your downtown Boston condominium agent is your #1 tool for buying or selling a home in Beacon Hill. Contact me today to get started!

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Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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Ford Realty Inc
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