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10 Tech Tools to Use When Buying a House


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Redfin.com
For first-time homebuyers, Redfin.com includes a home-buying guide that details the purchasing process.
For first-time homebuyers, Redfin.com includes a home-buying guide that details the purchasing process.
Redfin.com

Redfin offers the same basic search features we've seen already on Zillow, but the site also has a different focus. All of these sites make it easy to browse through a vast number of homes for sale, but Redfin prioritizes the process of matching prospective buyers with agents who can guide them through the purchasing process. In several major cities, that means an agent who works for Redfin itself. Everywhere else, they'll put you in contact with a local agent who's a Redfin partner [source: Redfin].

Redfin's services also offer a 50 percent commission credit through Redfin agents and 15 percent through its partners. That could add up to a decent chunk of money saved during the expensive process of buying a house. For beginning homebuyers, Redfin's Web site also includes a detailed home-buying guide that breaks down several parts of the purchasing process. It goes in-depth to explain mortgages, how to choose a lender and how to finalize a deal.

And Redfin's got its own iPhone app, too, with similar features to the ones we've already covered. It also allows you to take a photo within the app that you can view on Redfin's Web site alongside any notes you took on the phone about specific properties.


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