Remember when all it took to sell a house was an ad in the Sunday classifieds? That's okay--I don't either. Back then, home buyers depended only on their real estate agents to lead the way to find a home.
Fast forward to 2015 and discover over 90 percent of house hunters search for their "dream homes" on the Internet. In today's digitally driven marketplace, real estate and technology go hand in hand. Technology has improved the way business is done for both customers and real estate agents.
Real estate customers are web savvy. They use specific online tools during different phases of the home buying process. Information such as property listings, prices, neighborhoods, demographics, real estate agent reviews and mortgage rates are available with one click of a mouse. The use of mobile devices—whether smartphones or tablets--is steadily increasing as we search for the American dream. 2014 trend research shows that mobile traffic will soon rise above 50 percent for some real estate brokers.
How does all of this impact the way Old Dominion Realty serves our customers?
As real estate professionals, we understand selling real estate is as much about the people as the properties. Because of our customers' growing demands for information, Old Dominion Realty has provided them with specialized and enhanced services. The use of innovative technologies has allowed us to help buyers find homes; sellers list houses; and real estate transactions to be closed quickly and easily.
As the real estate industry continues to advance with the help of technology, Old Dominion Realty's goal is to give our clients the best possible online experience. By providing customers with the information they want when they need it, we are bringing our agents closer to their clients. However, the digital house hunt is only part of the story. Home buyers still rely on their real estate agents to marry their online and real worlds.
Contact Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell houses in the Virginia real estate and West Virginia real estate markets.
The concept of home is vast. For some, it's a city or town, while others it's a house or neighborhood. Buying a home is an intricate process—one that can help you evaluate what home means to you. It can also assist you in determining your needs and wants, the ideal setting or location and allow you to fine-tune your search. When you're ready to buy a house, take the essential step of listing the things you're looking for.
We all know that home is "where the heart is," or "where you hang your hat." However, home is more than that. Home is the house, and the community that surrounds it. It is features, amenities, schools, neighbors, city and state.
For many, there are necessities that stand out when looking for a home. Start by listing the first item on each person's list. Do they want a yard, a bedroom for everyone or that long-desired dishwasher? Is it making sure the house is within walking distance of a good school or the center of town? Maybe you're looking for a place with plenty of privacy. Everyone has a different definition of what makes a home—and it's important to honor everyone's vision if possible.
The foundation isn't always the exciting part. It's the nuts and bolts, the rules and guidelines. Begin with a few basics:
It's crucial to understand the difference between needs and wants. There will be minimum requirements you have, and then what you would like to have. For example, what if you thought you needed to be at the end of the cul-de-sac, but a house that was more central had all the features you required? In the end, what would be more important? That's how you will determine what you need versus what you want. If you buy a house, can you afford to put money into it to turn it into what you want, or does it need to be in the best condition possible to begin with? Consider all the criteria, and rank it most important to least:
Don't discount your intuition. Many buyers "feel" whether a home will work or not. If you're ready to buy a house, contact Old Dominion Realty. Our experienced real estate professionals will help you find an ideal place to call home.