In the 21st century, the overwhelming majority of home buyers begin their searches on-line. And that's not likely to ever change - gone forever are the days of walking into your local real estate office and spending the day flipping through heavy volumes of home after home after home.
In fact, this topic was the subject of a previous blog post on www.oldfatherrealestate.com. It's actually more of a discussion about using expert photography to highlight homes that on the market, but the importance of the Internet is also front and center.
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But it's not just the Internet. In today's tech-savvy world, it's the marriage of the Internet and cell phone technology that has really taken over the industry.
So today, we want to focus on selling your home, specifically featuring a few mobile applications that you can utilize to become a more informed seller.
As always, we here at the Oldfather Group are available to help you along your journey. It's what we do, and we'd love to welcome you into our professional family.
So be sure to give us a ring at 302-260-2000 when you're ready to put your home on the market. But, in the meantime, here are several mobile applications that you can use for gathering information about your home's potential value, as well as ways you can enhance the selling process.
Let's take a look...
The Oldfather Group has held a few public get togethers recently where we've discussed the importance of staging and/or downsizing your home prior to placing it on the market.
This first example allows you to do that virtually, before spending any actual money on products that you feel with help in the staging process.
You can create idea boards, scan for items and merchandise and much more. You can even take a photo of select rooms and add merchandise virtually to see how everything fits together.
This free interior design app has more than 10 million high resolution photos that you can browse, allowing you to see what that kitchen, bathroom or any other room in the house would look like after the staging process is complete.
Houzz is available on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
This mobile app is all about floor plans, allowing you to see what your home would look like with a bit of a facelift. You can then show that to potential buyers.
Just open the app and walk around your home taking photographs of the various rooms. The app will automatically map out each room and produce a quality floor plan that you can add to your Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listing as a photo, or just have on hand for tours.
Pretty cool stuff, right?
MagicPlan is available for both iOS and Android devices.
If you want to make any upgrades to your property prior to listing it for sale, the kitchen and the bathrooms are good places to start.
Hammerpoint is a project estimating app that can help you estimate the costs of such a project in just a few minutes.
So if this is something you're considering before selling your home, Hammerpoint is a great place to get the valuable information you'll need to make an informed decision.
This app is available for iOS.
The HomeSnap app allows you to search for local homes on your mobile device. But we've included it here on our list because it can also be an invaluable tool for gathering information and knowledge about the local area, including what homes are selling for and much more.
The app will show you interior photos, estimated values, tax information, school ratings and so much more.
HomeSnap puts a ton of information at your fingertips, so consider checking it out and learning as much as you can prior to listing your home.
HomeSnap is free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Trulia and Realtor.Com are also good options, but we here at the Oldfather Group recommend Zillow as a good place to begin, when you want to have the most recent local information prior to selling your home.
While our seasoned and professional agents are here to help you throughout the process, spending a little time on Zillow before giving us a ring is certainly not a bad idea.
You can search recent sales, properties currently on the market, how your home's price per square foot compares to others in the area and much more.
Zillow's mobile app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire devices.