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House hunting? Five helpful apps

The walkscore app helps check out the neighborhood amenities and compare commutes.

The walkscore app helps check out the neighborhood amenities and compare commutes.

Apps like those from Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin make it easier to navigate the market and lock down a tour, but with the intense spring house hunting season here, what else should you download to your phone before heading out for open houses? Try these five and go in prepared:

1. SignEasy — Give yourself a competitive edge and sign your paperwork on the spot. Fill out and sign your offer and with a swipe, send it off to its recipients while stashing a version of your own in Dropbox or Google Drive. Free for iOS and Android.

2. Panoramic camera — While Josh Muncey discourages buyers from taking their own photos when a broker has provided shots, he noted that the panoramic option will give a more accurate look at the space if you absolutely need to document your view. Free with most phones.

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3. Dictionary of Real Estate Terms — Do you really know what “contingency” means? Or why title insurance is so important? INTERSOG’s 3,000-plus word dictionary of real estate jargon will help you decode the industry lingo, so you can ask the right questions, and know the right answers. $3.99 for iOS.

4. Walk Score — Check out the neighborhood amenities and compare commutes — by rail, bus, and bike — before you take a plunge. Free for iOS and Adroid.

5. Hammerpoint — In case you’re unaware, homes rarely come to you perfect and offering to cover a portion of initial repairs gives you a desirable edge. This repair estimate app, which boasts projected project quotes in four minutes or less, will make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew. Free for iOS and Adroid.

Rachel Raczka can be reached at rraczka@boston.com and tweeted @Rachel_Raczka.

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