If you haven't bought or sold a home recently, prepare for a culture shock!
Nothing has changed the home buying/selling experience in the past few years as much as the rise of smartphones and tablets. In the past three years, these technologies have transformed the way people hunt for, buy and even sell homes. House hunters have access to more information than ever before; home sellers and their real-estate agents have more tools to reach those buyers. Fortunately, the most popular real estate apps work well for both sides.
Popular real estate sites such as Zillow, Realtor.com and Trulia offer their own apps for smartphones and tablets that allow people to search for homes, find specific information and narrow the search. You can stand in a neighborhood that you like, conduct a search and see homes for sale pop up all around you on a map. Relying on GPS technology, these apps provide real time information in your current location.
In a time when people are expecting the world to be at their fingertips, it truly is. Using Zillow's app, you can walk around a neighborhood, see a "house for sale" lawn sign, pull out your smartphone and see how long the home has been on the market and how many times the price has been reduced.
Realtor app features the adult's version of "Etch a Sketch". You can highlight an area by drawing a shape with your finger; the app will show any homes for sale within that highlighted area.
Like the others, Trulia's app allows you to search for homes using filters like price, number of bedrooms and baths, location etc. Save your searches and be notified when new houses come on the market.
While these apps provide the initial tools to start your search, they also allow you to quickly contact a trusted Realtor®. Local agents are be experts in the area and can provide insight and guidance for a successful transaction. The brokers and agents at VT Properties and Development have been your local experts in the Ludlow/Okemo valley for more than fifteen years. We are proud to be a leading real estate agency in this unique Vermont market.
Our mobile website option allows you to take full advantage of these most popular apps. Check it out today at www.vtprop.com. You can search for properties, create a favorites list, save searches and sign up for automatic updates on properties that match your criteria.
Happy mobile house hunting!