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Best of 2012: 6 Apps Every Homebuyer Needs When Buying a House

We're celebrating the end the year by counting down our 10 most engaging articles of 2012. This article, from, was posted in July and is #5 in our countdown. See #6 here.

homefinder consumerappsRegardless of how attentive your REALTOR® is, there are still many aspects of the home buying process that require you to take matters into your own hands. Aside from using online home searching tools for the initial search, there are a multitude of apps that will aid you in organizing your home search and help lessen the chaos buying a new home often brings. We've compiled the top six apps to help you navigate through the home buying process.

1.) Mortgage Calculator ProMortgage Calculator Pro – Within seconds, you can calculate your would-be monthly mortgage payment. This app lets you factor in insurance, property tax, and monthly fees such as the HOA costs, so you can determine the accurate monthly payment on your new potential home.

2.) Dictionary of Real Estate TermsDictionary of Real Estate Terms – Unless you eat, sleep and breathe real estate, it's nearly impossible to know what every real estate term means. The Dictionary of Real Estate Terms allows you to input words such as "abstraction approach," so your eyes can look a little less blank when it comes time for contracts, negotiations and closings.