Some aspects of residential real estate get more digital every day. Buying a house will always be a people business, but as agents tell us and as trends show, prospective home buyers are taking on more and more responsibility for finding homes – and the search usually begins online.
You want to sell your home. You need a listing agent. Now what? Many of us thinking of selling probably ask ourselves, should I pick a friend who's an agent? A relative? A neighbor?
Homeowner Mike Dihel - about to be married - faced something previous generations in his family never did: the burden of selling the home he purchased while single.
Inman News recently posted a compelling article, “Why people are ignoring real estate agents on social media”. It revealed some startling facts about agent social media practices in particular, and the state of social media marketing in general.
In mid-July, Intermountain MLS based in Boise, Id., went live with ShowingTime for the MLS for its 5,000 members. Now licensed by 92 MLSs and used on 1.2 million active listings, the online scheduling system includes patented technology to streamline the appointment scheduling process, resulting in quick or instant showing confirmations and less phone tag.
Whether it’s the birds and the bees, or lowering the price - when it comes time for the talk, it pays not to avoid it. It’s a moment most realtors dread, though not unanticipated. You need to tell your seller a price adjustment is in order.
My wife and I went to a couple of Sunday open houses recently, and I have to say neither provided the showing experience we were expecting. It was our first time going as prospective buyers, so maybe there’s a lot to learn.
Three more MLSs with a total of 43,000 subscribers - First MLS in Atlanta, Intermountain MLS in Boise and Ontario Regional Technology Information Service in Ontario, Canada - signed licensing agreements to provide ShowingTime's online scheduling and feedback solution to subscribers.
How easy is it to become a go-to Realtor? Can technology help? Those of you who don’t consider yourselves “tech savvy” might get intimidated by the seemingly endless parade of new social media sites, tips, and tech gadgets that are being marketed as, “the next big thing.” The truth of it is, you’re probably doing better than you give yourself credit for.
Real estate professionals belonging to an MLS that has ShowingTime for the MLS installed (formerly ShowingAssist) can take advantage of a simple, quick solution to schedule showings: the ShowingCart. If you use ShowingTime for the MLS, you're already familar with the highly visible 'Schedule a Showing' link appearing next to listings. Now you can put listings in a cart and quickly build a 'buyer's tour'.