if you are ready to sell your home, you may look back upon previous experiences you had with real estate agents and anticipate that ads in the newspaper, yard signs, open houses, calls from your agent, and plenty of paperwork will be part of your current transaction. In 2017, your real estate agent is likely to use tools that are based in technology, while relying less on the tried-and-true techniques you remember from the past.
Three Tech Trends In Modern Real Estate
Not surprisingly, technology plays a big part in modern real estate practice.
- Your home is online. As in the past, real estate sales occur after prospective buyers have seen your home and decide to buy it. Rather than relying on classified ads in the Sunday newspaper, most buyers search properties online anytime day or night. Instead of physically visiting numerous properties, they view visual tours of many properties before selecting ones that they want to see in person.
Your agent may hold a “broker’s open” so that other area agents can view your home, but host fewer open houses for the general public. Some sellers view the lack of open houses as inaction on the part of the agent; in reality, agents set up individual showings for interested prospects who saw your home online or heard about it from their agent.
- Your agent may communicate with you via email or text. In selecting your agent, you should verify how he will communicate with you. While your agent may call you on the phone, he is likely to notify you of potential showings and exchanging other information may be done with a quick text or email message. If you are not savvy with text or email messages, you need to make sure you are agent knows your preferences.
Many seniors have computers and printers that sit unused in their homes. If you have been meaning to improve your tech skills, now is a great time to let your grandson or niece give you some lessons on basics such as how to send and receive emails and texts, open attachments, and scan documents.
- Real estate is much closer to being paperless than in the past. Your computer skills will come in handy as your agent may even scan documents and send them to you via an email attachment. You may be required to sign documents by typing your name in a box on a form or by signing your name on a digital touchpad on your smart phone, tablet, or laptop so that you can complete, even an out-of-state transaction without meeting the other party face-to-face of the closing table.
Make Sure Your Agent Is On The Same Page
These modern ways of conducting real estate are both effective and efficient. To make sure that you feel comfortable with your agent, it is very important for you to have a discussion with him about how he will go about selling your property and communicating with you about the progress.
As an agent in Halifax who often works with senior home sellers, I will discuss with you in the first meeting how I will go about selling your house and work with you to develop a mutually acceptable way to communicate with you about how things are going.
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Roy Thomas SRES is a Senior’s Real Estate Specialist and a REALTOR® with Sutton Group-Professional Realty. Licensed since 1991, much of Roy’s practice is helping retirees with their later in life moves. Roy can be reached at 902-497-3031, by email: RoyThomas@RoyThomas.ca or read other articles online at www.HalifaxSeniorLiving.ca
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|Roy Thomas SRES® (Senior’s Real Estate Specialist) is a REALTOR® with Sutton Group Professional Realty. Since 1991 Roy specializes in helping retirees with their later in life real estate transactions. If you are contemplating a move and would like a complimentary copy of Roy’s guide to downsizing entitled “Preparing to Downsize” please click here|