August 16, 2011
Some of the hottest news in real estate circles today (besides differing stories on ongoing recovery) are about technology- mobile technology, in particular. Real estate industry gurus litter their blogs with top 10 apps for realtors or the best apps for homebuyers or mobile sites that provide a wealth of real estate data at the flick of a finger. Lets face it-the real estate industry is going mobile and youll likely be missing out on some great ways to access data when making homebuying or selling decisions if you dont get on board. David Popoff, a Raveis agent in Darien, CT, talks about the power of mobile data, as offered on raveis.coms mobile site, as well as apps to help you make smart buying and selling decisions. To read more of his insight on real estate, check out his blog on activerain.
Depending on what statistics you look at, somewhere between 80% and 90% of home buyers use the internet when looking for a home to buy. (http://www.realtor.org/library/referral/howmanyhomebuyersareusingthein)
Someone once said an educated consumer is our best customer and this does apply to real estate as well. All this availability to information when considering a purchase of a home will help out in the Real Estate Recovery that North America is just beginning to see. Having statistics, town and neighborhood information, taxes, local news at your finger tips will allow the buyer to be able to make a better and more decisive decision when putting in an offer. This same information will also help sellers realize a proper asking price when marketing their homes.
Let your fingers do the walking
With smartphones becoming more and more popular there are numerous mobile sites and apps available for homebuyers to use on the go. Raveis.coms award-winning mobile site will help you:
- Find a Home
- Open Houses
- Rate Watch
- Find An Agent
There are also several well known and helpful apps out there for homebuyers, including Zillow, Realtor, Trulia and ZipRealty.
Along with these real estate apps are other helpful apps to help you with neighborhood selection, walk ability to area stores, crime stats and more.
Google Earth Worlds geographic information and maps.
Family Watchdog Safety information on products and National Sex Offender Registry.
Walk Score How close you are to the local community, calculates the walk ability of any address.
Around Me finds information about your surroundings.
Photo Measure easiest way to take measurements with a photo.
Mortgage Calculator ~ almost every real estate, mortgage and bank app has it
Real Estate 114 Apartment prices and trends
QR codes ~ many apps available for QR codes and links.
Craigs List browser makes it easy to find on Craigs List.
Color Smart BEHR pick your color while you are house touring.
Green Map is mapping of communities worldwide of green living, nature and cultural resources.