With a slumping housing market realtors are turning to technology to help them make a sale.
Texting isn't exactly a new invention but as Cliff Kramer with Bray Real Estate explains, the way local realtors are utilizing the mobile and virtual world is a relatively new concept, “The text comes directly to the real estate agents cell phone and we can either call them back or wait a couple days and call them back, just as a follow up, there's no pressure”
It works like this; if buyers see a property they are interested when driving around town they can send a text message to the number on the sign out front. They will then get a text message back with information about the property such as price, the square footage and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. There is also an option to download pictures right to your cell phone.
Vicky chandler with Remax 4000 says that while her company doesn't use texting, many realtors are using the internet more and more, “Online we have a lot of different websites that people can go to such as the GJ Properties website which is the local Remax website, and then each of us as realtors have our own website that people can go to.”
Buyers can also look at a home from the comfort of their current home with virtual tours. They just go to a realtor’s website to browse the listings and can also contact a realtor to have a virtual tour emailed to them.
Some realtors are even using social networking sites like twitter to advertise properties and it makes you wonder, what’s next?
Whatever the future holds, one thing seem to be for sure, home shopping will only get easier as technology advances.
To go to Bray Real Estate’s website, Remax 400 website, and realtor Vicky Chandler’s website, click the links below this story.