There are certain ways we utilize technology every day that often go unnoticed. When searching for information on a specific subject, nearly everyone’s first instinct is to grab their smartphones and browse the mobile web. It has become second nature. This same instinct comes into play when searching for a home; something that may have been considered ludicrous in years past.
When searching for listings, whether looking to rent or buy, many people will browse on their phones or tablets. This isn’t exactly a breakthrough advancement in terms of real estate technology, but it does pave the way for further pieces of technology to be incorporated down the road, some of which already existing today.
Online listings, while not new, have made buying a home much more convenient for those searching. Websites have every piece of information needed, including inventory, photos, availabilities, and detailed descriptions of every aspect shown. Homebuyers are able to learn about a house’s neighborhood, its surrounding school district, and even purchase history, all without having to physically visit the house itself.
Similarly, mobile apps have most, if not all of the features that a real estate website has to offer. Users can even set up push notifications so that they are alerted as soon as a new home is listed, an existing price has changed, and more. Many of these apps often assist with budgeting as well, matching you with agents and properties available on the market that fall in line with your financial plan.
For investors, real estate investing has been given the online makeover as well. With some operating through crowdsourcing, many websites are allowing investors to put their money towards high-quality real estate through online resources.
Should you want a closer look at properties available without actually visiting the neighborhood, 3D virtual tours are now a thing of the present. Much like Google Maps, these VR home tours use strategically placed cameras able to rotate 360 degrees to show every room in a given house, as well as its surrounding property. Homebuyers can walk throughout the home and neighborhood without actually setting foot in the area.