|Posted by Parker Hill on May 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM|
By Parker Hill @ New Home Source
As the market ebbs and flows, there is one thing that remains fairly constant and that is: engaging in real estate takes time. Even if your home sells on the same day you list it or it only takes you one day to find the perfect home, there are many other factors involved. There’s paperwork, the moving in and out, meeting with a lender- I think you get the idea. However, the one part of real estate that should never slow you down is the type of Realtor you are working with.
As the internet age has dawned, there has been a clean break between the agents of yesterday and the agents of tomorrow. And if you want to be on the successful side of your real estate transaction, it’s important that you work with an agent who is on the forward thinking side of the technology curve. The following are great new methods that tech-savvy agents are incorporating into their business model. Be sure to check for these features when determining which agent you will work with, as it can make all the difference in the world.
Website Appearance. Is it easy to navigate? Can you find their contact information easily? These are the types of questions you need to ask about the website. You want to make sure that those who will end up on your agents website will be able to contact them and search for homes easily. Whether buying or selling, if your Realtor isn’t effectively reaching the customers on the other end of the deal, it will always be more difficult to complete a transaction.
Photography. In the days where people would search for listings while driving or in the physical MLS, pictures were not nearly as important. But in an age where the consumer wants to see the ins and outs of a home before taking a physical tour, you’d better be sure that your agent has posted quality pictures of your home. This doesn’t mean your agent has to have the latest professional camera. But it’s a good rule of thumb to stay away from those who post one or two poorly staged pictures taken from a pixilated cell-phone camera.
Home Search Option. Your agent should have a clearly defined section on their website to allow visitors to search for homes. This is extremely important as more than 9 out of 10 homes sold today begins with an online search. With those kinds of figures, you need to make sure your home is getting plenty of internet exposure. A good map search or a search function that allows visitors to select specific search parameters is normally a safe bet.
Modern-day real estate is as fast-paced as any other industry of today. To effectively close a deal, you need an agent who is ready to give you fast, tech-savvy solutions. To work with a real estate team that knows how to help you in the online realm, be sure to contact Los Angeles RealEstate Experts!