Why Tech Savvy Agents Get Ahead
By Andrew Hill @ www.austinhomelistings.com
Real estate is a simple transaction isn’t it? After all, chances are you’ve seen the classic “For Sale By Owner” signs or maybe even received a flyer in the mail about a new listing. But how many of these homes actually go on to sell? Chances are, not too many, and if they do it’s not for the price the homeowner wanted. What about those on the other end of the transaction? Can’t buyers easily drive around a neighborhood and spot for sale signs in front yards? Yes, but why would you want to drive around when you can do all of your research online? It seems to me that the solution to these problems can easily be solved. All you need is a tech-savvy real estate agent.
A tech-savvy agent is important today because the world of real estate has changed. With more than nine out of ten all home sales beginning with an online search, the standard real estate methods of just a few years ago are now woefully outdated. Yard signs, flyers, and word of mouth simply won’t cut it. But a tech savvy agent has the tools you need to succeed. In order to find the right tech-savvy agent for you, keep your eyes peeled for the following features:
- Social Media Presence. Our world has become radically interconnected since the onset of social media and you need to be sure your realtor is plugged into this. So much communication happens over this medium that if any realtor chooses to neglect this tool, it s a serious detriment to both the realtor and his/her clients. You realtor doesn’t need to post something every day, but their simple presence on these sites makes it easier to communicate with them and do so in a timely manner.
- User Friendly Website. Whether you’re buying, selling, or both, you want to make sure that your agent’s site is easy to use. Not only do you want this for your own personal ease and enjoyment, but think about the people on the other end of the transaction. If you’re showing your home on a poorly constructed website, you can bet that buyers won’t stick around for long and you’ll be missing out on many potential leads.
- Finally, the most important tool for any truly tech-savvy realtor to have is a fantastic home search option. Remember, almost 100% of the market is turning to online searches to find a new home. So if you’re agent doesn’t have an easy to use search, you’ll be missing out on an unbelievable amount of traffic. When picking your agent, be sure that the home search is both easy to find and user friendly.
There are other factors that can make an agent tech-savvy as well, such as using new apps, tablets, etc. But the most important factors are those we already mentioned. So if you’re serious about getting the most out of your real estate experience, be sure to hire the right realtor. Be sure to contact the My Jax Home Team today, for all of your tech-savvy real estate solutions.