Congratulations! You found your dream job. What you didn't expect was to leave your home and to relocate to an entirely new city. Whether your move is across the state, country or even the globe, it brings a number of challenges beyond simply changing your street address. Learning about a new community, tackling a new culture, and moving a long distance is stressful. Here are tips from the Relocation Services Team at Old Dominion Realty to make the transition easier.
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.
Old Dominion Realty recently underwent a "makeover."
With the goal of giving customers an easier-to-use, more up-to-date website experience, Old Dominion Realty redesigned its Property Search and Search Results features.
Jessica Phillips, Old Dominion Realty Marketing and Technology Director, commented, "We are constantly researching new technologies to help our customers find homes in the local Virginia and West Virginia real estate areas."
"We think the time we spent redesigning this portion of our website was well worth it. Our changes make the search cleaner and easier to use. Our results page features now include: three ways to view property -- List View, List View with Map, and Gallery View; the ability to scroll through and browse home images from the search results page, and an enhanced photo viewing system to view larger, more detailed images of the home."
"Our online marketing partner, Delta Media Group, has provided us with some of the most robust real estate technology in the industry today."
Old Dominion Realty's new real estate search is compatible on tablets, especially the iPad. This compatibility also includes this photo browser on the search results.
In addition to its new property search results feature and photo viewer, Old Dominion Realty has recently added property videos onto many of their website's property listing pages. Old Dominion's videos allow home buyers to "tour" a home online before actually scheduling an appointment.
Ms. Phillips commented, "Our goal is to always serve our customers in the best way possible. Our recent site enhancements along with the live webinars scheduled throughout this year were done to make the home buying and home selling process easier for our customers. Old Dominion Realty is built on integrity with proven results."