Previously, when you were in the market to buy a home you would go to a real estate agent to get started. You would tell them what you wanted, type of neighborhood, location and anything else. They would take that information and see what was available, then offer a tour of the home. Now, all you have to do is a google search. You almost don't even require human interaction to get a new home anymore!
This evolution of technology has removed jobs from the market and has made it somewhat easier to find a home. You do still need to talk to some people while looking. You can find that special home online, but that doesn't always insure that it is still actively on the market. Posts can be forgotten about and left online leading you to believe that it is still available.
Online posts and information also make it easier to get a feel for what that neighborhood is like. What exactly is outside that front door? Does your back yard overlook a nice nature scene or a brick wall of another building? While you can Google street view some of this information, it isn't always accurate since neighborhoods change.
If you are moving to a new state and don't have time or desire to travel multiple times to meet the person, technology has solved that. Documents can be signed electronically now! Fax and email have made it possible to get you the paperwork without leaving home. If you even wanted, and the seller was okay with it, you could possibly even wire the money electronically to them and complete the purchase without physically seeing it.
Another perk to the electronic real estate market is shooting a video walk through of the property. If you are lucky enough to have a seller to do this, it will show you the layout walking from room to room. You could possibly even get a video of the outside of the home so you don't have to rely on possibly dated pictures online.
While the technology has become a helpful tool to the buyer, you still may consider interacting with a professional. You still may want to have a professional agent helping you along the way so you don't get into a bad situation. Contracts can be tricky and these people were trained with a keen eye to pick errors out. They can also help negotiate the best price for you based on the home itself and the neighborhood so you don't get ripped off.
For families with full time jobs, kids, evening activities, and daily tasks to attend to, it may be easier to have someone doing the leg work for you of getting a hold of the owner of the property you are interested in. They can get you the extra details and interact with the seller for you so you don't have to play phone tag all day.
A couple of other perks to having an agent help out is they can assist with property inspections or find you the unlisted homes that aren't online! You want to make sure your moving into the perfect home and they are trained to help. Inspections will make sure you won't be expecting issues in the near future after signing the papers. The perk of the unlisted home is that you may not have known about it and it may be the perfect place!
Technology has changed how things work today. It has made some of the home buying process easier, but nothing can replace a knowledgeable professional!
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