As the real estate market hits full stride during what is traditionally the busiest part of the year, potential home buyers and real estate agents are coming together for the common goal of finding the best possible home sales.
The technological revolution has provided more tools and resources for homeowners, buyers, and real estate agents, and generally made the home search process more efficient. Here are some of the ways that technology smoothed the home-buying process for many of the players.
The gadget era
There was a time when the process of finding a home consisted of driving around and looking for “For Sale” signs. Potential buyers were forced to rely heavily on the listings furnished by their real estate agent, who didn’t have much more than their listings to work with.
Today, both the home buyer and the agent have numerous resources at their disposal, which empowers them to orchestrate a collaborative effort through which they can narrow down searches with great specificity and efficiency.
An article in Realtor Mag describes numerous gadgets and devices that clients and agents can use for home shopping. They enable an agent to work with the client in a manner that cuts down on wasted trips to dead-end prospects.
A wireless camera is one such device. With one of these, an agent can visit the property and take an array of pictures and instantly send them electronically to the buyer for review. If the buyer is interested, he or she has the option of heading out to meet the agent immediately or arranging a look-see at a later time.
Agencies such as the Heddings Property Group make great use of technology when working with their clients. They understand that their clients’ time is valuable and they don’t want to waste any. Clients also expect that technology will help their agents perform at a much higher proficiency.
More uses for technological devices
Smartphones have become the go-to device for business professionals everywhere. The smartphone can perform multiple functions, from managing files and surfing the web to shooting digital pictures.
This means that an agent can set up appointments with clients and coordinate search schedules. He or she can take pictures and download them to a tablet or laptop for easier viewing.
A recent article by Base revealed that agents are able to perform task management, email marketing, and data organization using the latest technology. This means that the agent will be a lot more effective in serving the client.
Based on data discussed by TechForAgents — a resource and solutions firm for real estate agents — the use of technology is vital to the process of not only finding a home, but also just engaging the client. Technology has the ability to allow the agent to create a level of comfort and convenience with a client that may already be a little skittish about the entire process.
In the coming years, we will likely see a lot more technology and its increasing ability to have a positive impact on the process of searching for a home.