Every year, it seems technology becomes more and more advanced when it comes to smartphones, iPads, tablets, and other devices. How has this affected home buying in the North Texas area? Very positively, in fact! At Team Nelson, our Flower Mound real estate agents understand that today, technology is a driving force in the lives of nearly everyone. More and more people are searching online for products, services – and yes, even homes – than ever before.
Not only do most real estate companies have websites today, there are even some cool apps that make the process of buying a home easier.
Here are a few facts about searching for homes online you will find interesting:
- 90% of potential home buyers went online in search of homes last year, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
- According to the profile, 41% enjoyed having interactive maps and neighborhood information at their fingertips when in the home buying process
- 80% of home buyers who used the internet to search for homes said that property details, photos, and other information was extremely helpful in their search for the perfect home
Of course, those in the market for a new home aren’t the only ones who find technology useful! Today, realtors use the internet to connect with potential buyers and sellers as well. Mobile devices make it easy for buyers or sellers and their agents to stay in touch via email, social media, and through other platforms. And what about those apps we mentioned earlier? Here are a few we’ve found that will help streamline your efforts to find your Flower Mound dream home:
Wikihood (Free for iPhone and iPad) – This application offers mini-tours of nearly any community in the world, so you can learn more about the neighborhood you’re considering.
Home Buying Power ($1.99 for iPad and iPhone) – When you aren’t sure whether you can afford the home you’re considering, this app allows you to put in data such as down payment, interest rate, loan term, and desired payment. It then calculates how much house you can afford!
Dictionary of Real Estate Terms ($1.99 for iPhone and iPad) – If real estate terminology leaves you scratching your head, this dictionary clearly defines those terms your agent may use that are totally “Greek” to you.
When it comes to purchasing or selling a home in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and surrounding communities, technology is definitely a good thing!
At Team Nelson, our Flower Mound real estate professionals are dedicated to helping you find the perfect home for your family quickly, without all of the stress and hassle. Remember, buy a home through us and we’ll sell your home free.