US Cellular stops by with tips on how to ease the home buying process

If you're looking for your new home, things have gotten a whole lot easier, now that home buying help has hit the app store

For homebuyers, smartphones and tablets have become the latest tool to find new listings, the best mortgage rates, and even help with home improvements after you close the sale.

Technology has had an impact on the home buying and selling process and with more information available to consumers, U.S. Cellular experts help break down some of the more popular apps for home buyers:

Finding your dream home. There are a number of apps out there that help you find your perfect dream home. The free app Trulia shows you a map of nearby homes for sale, open houses, and apartments for rent. Zillow is another app that gives you access to homes for sale and it allows you to check the value of more than one million homes simply by typing in an address.

Looking for a steal? The free app Foreclosures by is dedicated to helping buyers find the best deals on foreclosures, short sales, HUD homes, residential homes, and auction properties.

Can I afford it? Cost is often a concern for homebuyers, so with apps like Zillowâ??s Mortgage Calculator, buyers can access easy to use mortgage calculators and shop for real-time mortgage rates. Users can access a mortgage calculator, an affordability calculator, a payment calculator, and refinance calculator to help them make a sound decision.

Buying a rental property. If you are looking to invest in real estate and buy a rental property, the free app Real Estate Calculator, available in Google Play, will help you determine the propertyâ??s net income, return on investment, and how much your monthly mortgage will be. It is simple to use and you can save your properties to compare and contrast which will be the best investment to purchase.

Home improvements. Once youâ??ve purchased your home, there are a lot of apps available to help you with home improvements projects, from design tips to finding the best carpeting or lighting. The Home Depot app allows you to browse more than 600,000 home improvement products from appliances to bathrooms, carpeting, lighting and more.

This is a great start to finding your new home. If you see something that catches your eye, make sure to take it to Century 21 or Heritage House for the next step in the home buying process.