The Denver Post just ran an article about a bunch of apps that smartphone owners could use to help them search for homes on the market. Here I thought my iPhone was just for phone calls, texting and playing Words With Friends. I didn’t know I could buy my dream home with the push of a button!
There is Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, Craigslist, Realtor, ZipRealty, Homes, lions and tigers, oh my! There is even one called HotPads, which I misread as HotPants and was immediately downloading until I realized it was a real estate app. All of the aforementioned have similar helpful functions and all have deficiencies.
The reality is that these apps are just tools to help buyers during their home search and certainly aren’t actually utilized to buy property. The apps are all extensions of websites that empower buyers and sellers with information that was once only available through realtors. However, the information isn’t always up to date or reliable, so use with caution.
It is great to use technology to be better informed and prepared for anything. But I still say there is nothing better than face-to-face interaction. Think of your own friends. What is more fulfilling, getting up to speed on Jane’s life via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Tumblr and her blog; or getting to see Jane and talk to her in person? Okay okay, I admit there are some people I’m perfectly happy keeping in touch with from my keyboard, but for the important friends, there is nothing more empowering and informative than direct in-person interaction. Just like with buying a home.
Remember when United Airlines used to be good? One of my favorite ads of all time played on this in-person theme back when phone calls and faxes were considered technological replacements for face-to-face interaction. Watch the spot here if you want a sentimental trip in the friendly skies.
Load up your smartphone with all the real estate apps you want. And do your research online. But don’t forget that people make things happen and you better make sure you have a great real estate agent. Even if you are buying a new home.
Apps and websites can be helpful, but they won’t proactively find you the home of your dreams, much less advise you and represent your best interests. TJC Real Estate is that comforting and wise manager at United Airlines back in 1990. Check out TJC via their website, blog, Facebook, phone and your crystal ball. But then sit down with them over a beverage and talk about your dream home. They are excited to see you.