If you are on the market for a new home, working with a real estate agent can help streamline the home buying process. New technology can also make the entire home buying process more efficient. Here are four technology-based tools you should be using when searching for and buying a new home.
1. Map and Direction-Based Sites
Having a good navigation tool on hand when traveling from open house to open house is always a great thing, but there are other things that mapping sites can do for you as well. Mapping programs can help you vet potential neighborhood congestion before you fall in love with an area. By inputting your routes to and from work, most mapping sites can bring to light high traffic zones and rush hour peak times. You can then decide if an area will be worth the commute or not.
2. Demographic Data Sites
While a neighborhood might look great on a sunny weekend afternoon, you might not know much else about an area, such as crime rates, school district rankings, or property taxes. This demographic information can be pulled online and is worth reviewing rather than going into a purchase blindly. If you can weigh the pros and cons of an area with all of the information that is available, you can make a smarter purchase when you are ready.
3. MLS Listings
It is worth it to review major real estate sites to see what is up-and-coming in your neighborhood. You can get started on your search by comparing pricing and receiving notifications of new open houses. The thing is, these online resources might not capture all homes on the market and might not have up-to-the-minute information. Your real estate agent will have access to the most comprehensive data through MLS listings, and can share homes with you that are narrowed to your interests.
4. Document Review and Signing Software
While the final closing documents will need to be signed in person with a notary in most cases, there are plenty of other preliminary financial, contract, and inspection-based documents that can be signed through online programs. Before you sign, be sure your real estate agent is available via phone in case you have any questions.
These days, technology can give potential home buyers more overall control and information when it come to the house hunting process. Be sure to use technology available in order to give yourself a better chance of finding your dream home.