This is a guest post by Andrew Hill and Reilly Realtors. Reilly Realtors is an Austin-based real estate company that provides both home buyers and sellers with quality service and guidance. If you are considering moving to the Austin area, please visit their website and enjoy searching their map of the finest Austin homes.
Technology has come a long way in the last century. Heck, it’s come a long way in the last decade! Only a few years ago people were getting their first cell phones. Now, everyone from Grandma to youngsters can have a smartphone, tablet, or both. What a change!
What does this shift in consumer technology mean to you as you venture into the wide world of real estate? It means you need to be working with a REALTOR® who understands the implications of such technology on the real estate market. It means you need, what is called, a tech savvy agent.
Why do we think it’s so important to have a REALTOR® that knows how to make the most of real estate technology?
For this, we need a bit of background on how the modern day housing market has changed.
It wasn’t so long ago that you would have to call an agent to find local listings and schedule tours of homes. At that time, only agents had access to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). But with the advent of the internet came a change. Today, almost anyone can search for new homes, resale homes, condos, townhouses, single family homes, and more, from their desktop, laptop, and even smartphones. This, in turn, led to a shift in how people find and buy or sell homes. You need a REALTOR® who doesn’t shy away from this technology, but rather, embraces it.
What can a tech savvy REALTOR® do for you?
While there is a wide range of criteria for what makes a tech savvy agent, the most important feature of all is having a website with a powerful property search – like the one found here on The Hill Group’s website and the one we have on our website in Austin. If your REALTOR® can provide you with a fast and easy-to-use tool to help you search the MLS from wherever you are, you’ll have quicker access to more information and a greater chance of finding your next home!
Of course, there are other traits to look for in a tech savvy agent, as well. The ability to quickly communicate via email and phone – even from out of the office – is very important, and so is his/her ability to scan and transmit important documents, like contracts, to you.
In today’s ever-changing housing market, having a tech savvy REALTOR® isn’t just an advantage, it’s a necessity. So, if you’re looking to get the most out of your real estate experience, choose a REALTOR® who can put the latest advances in real estate technology to work for you!
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