Modern technology and the internet have allowed home buyers unprecedented access to real estate listings and information. The percentage of home buyers that begin their home search online has increased to 91% – and that number is surely growing.
As a Realtor I embrace this ubiquitous information. And why not? If used correctly, it will greatly enhance a buyer’s understanding of what they are looking for in a home. That, in turn, will give any good Realtor a jump start in helping a buyer find the perfect home.
There is no doubt that there is value in using the internet to help a buyer hone in on what they want, it’s important to not let the internet be the end-all-be-all for that understanding. It’s equally important to explore neighborhoods of interest, to see what the area has to offer, parks, recreational centers, restaurants, etc. It’s important to get a feel for the area, and that’s something only the future homeowner can determine.