If you’ve owned your home for more than 10 or 15 years, you probably remember visiting your real estate agent in person and spending a good deal of time leafing through albums of photos in her or her office.
For the vast majority of homeowners, this is how it was done. And it really hasn’t been long since that practice kind of faded into what is now a historical footnote in the real estate industry.
There’s no questioning the role that technology has played in today’s much more modern world, and the world of real estate has certainly been a major player in this technological revolution.
Here at the Oldfather Group, we pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of today’s technological advances. In fact, we make it a point to spend time each week scouring the Internet for what’s new and how we can make the buying or selling experience better for our clients.
And while we do add a few new applications and/or techniques from time to time, there are some areas of technology that have really revolutionized our industry.
Let’s take a look at how technology has changed real estate, all within the last couple of decades.
Gone are the days of looking through those thick albums we mentioned above, as everyone has access to the Internet these days. So if you’re looking for a home, all you need to do is visit www.theoldfathergroup.com and peruse all that’s available in the marketplace.
You can view hundreds of photographs, read detailed descriptions of properties and find pertinent information regarding schools, communities, taxes or whatever else it is you’re curious about.
You can even view satellite images and watch videos of various properties, all with the click of a button.
Virtual Reality (VR) Tours
We added this feature to our listings a few years ago, soon after it became available in the marketplace. VR tours really give prospective homeowners a unique look into properties that could be of interest to them.
If this technology is used correctly, it really makes you feel as if you’re walking through the space in person. This gives you the opportunity of viewing properties without actually leaving your home, meaning less places to actually visit in person.
Click on the image below to see a VR tour we did on one of our recent Oldfather Group properties.
There are several applications, or apps, that you can use via your mobile phone when searching for a new home.
This includes nearly all parts of the home buying process, including financial information, notifications of new homes that have come on the market and even community and neighborhood information.
These types of services have really made real estate transactions much more efficient in the 21st century, offering secure and legal electronic signatures, as well as other features like file sharing and more.
New platforms are becoming available all the time, allowing for complete real estate transactions via mobile apps.
This is not only improving efficiency, but also giving real estate agents much more flexibility regarding how they interact with their clients.
Social Media Marketing
Social media has not only revolutionized the real estate industry, it’s been one of the biggest developments in online technology in the history of the Internet.
Think about it? How many people do you know who don’t have a Facebook page? Or a Twitter or Instagram account?
Most people have a social media presence these days, and that includes real estate agents and brokerages. We’re extremely active online at the Oldfather Group, as nearly every business is in this day and age.
So if you’re searching for a new home at the Delaware or Maryland beaches, visit us online and view everything available in the marketplace today.
For much more on the coastal region’s vibrant real estate scene, visit us online today at www.theoldfathergroup.com or give us a ring at 302-260-2000.
We’d love to get to know you and show you around this very special area of the country.