Use the Latest Technology to Sell Your House Fast
Gone are the days when prospective buyers walked in a
real estate agent's office and perused photos of available homes on a bulletin
board or a brochure. In today's tech-savvy world, the way in which homes are
sold has drastically changed. Estimates indicate that as many as 80% of home
buyers now use the Internet to look for homes. That percentage becomes even
higher among younger home buyers. If your home is not being marketed using the
Internet and the wonders of modern technology, chances are you are going to be
left behind. Understanding the technological trends of the real estate world is
now even more important than ever, given the sour condition of the housing
market. In today's market, sellers need every advantage over the competition
they can muster. If you are a home seller, even if you are not up on all of the
latest technological techniques, it is imperative that you find an agent who is
completely fluent in the various methods of using technology and the Internet
sell your house faster.
Social networking is currently one of the hottest ways to
promote real estate. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter are growing
increasingly popular. In the past, social networking sites have been invaluable
tools for offering neighborhood information to prospective buyers. In the
future, real estate agents are going to be able to do much more and actually
use such sites to provide everything from home searches to maps and other types
of information. Ultimately, taking advantage of this trend allows you to
greatly maximize the exposure of your home. The more people know about your
home, the faster it's likely to sell.
Podcasting is also becoming extremely popular as a sales
tool. Today, buyers can download podcasts to their MP3 player or iPod can take
it with them. For prospective homebuyers who are on the go this can be an ideal
situation, allowing them to listen to information about your home during their
daily commute, workout at the gym or whatever.
Digital videos have practically become a stable in the
modern real estate world. Not only is it easy to create a video of a property
for sale, but it can also be highly effective as well for offering virtual
tours and guides to the local neighborhood. Buyers can the opportunity to feel
as though they have actually walked through your home before they even make an
appointment to tour it in person.
For a long time now one of the buzz phrases in the real
estate industry has been staging. Owners have spent thousands of dollars to
have their homes professionally staged and for very good reason. Statistics
have indicated that staging not only allows a home to sell faster, but also
makes it possible to achieve a higher asking price. The new trend allows
sellers to reap the benefits of staging without going through the actual
process. Known as virtual staging, this process makes it possible to digitally
enhance photos of your home so it appears to have been professionally staged.
Overall, virtual staging is less expensive than actually renovating a home or
physically staging it. This may not be an option for everyone, but it can be a
good solution when actually staging the home is simply not a viable option.
Keep in mind that first impressions are everything and given the fact that most
buyers begin their search for a home on the Internet, this service can aid
tremendously in helping buyers to actually envision themselves living in a
Finally, mobile technologies are sweeping the world of modern real estate.
From mobile alerts to smart-phone apps to specially formatted web content,
this new technology makes it possible for your
real estate agent to be
constantly available to prospective buyers. Today we live in a world of instant
gratification. If a buyer isn't able to receive the information they want when
they want it, there is a good chance they will turn elsewhere. These types of
applications and technologies ensure that doesn't happen. Such technologies can
prove to be invaluable in terms of providing feedback to agents and assisting
them in customizing their marketing strategies. In addition, agents can also
more successfully target the buyers who are most likely to purchase your home.
In the end, this type of marketing strategy can help to sell your house much
faster, rather than have it languish for months on end, waiting for the right
buyer to come along.