You may not think "Real Estate" when you think about modern technology, but several advances are making the lives of homebuyers, home sellers, and agents a lot easier – not to mention adding peace of mind with added security measures. Here are a few.
- Online Property Info Providers
Realtor.com, Zillow.com, Trulia.com, just to name a few…. These online giants are changing the world of Real Estate! You might expect Realtors to be at odds with these services that make property information readily accessible to the potential homebuyer, but actually, the opposite is true for the Jason Whittle All Pro Team. The homebuying process is involved and lengthy, but the phase that takes the greatest investment of time is the initial survey of the market. These providers allow you, the consumer, the access that you need to sift efficiently through a vast amount of data and narrow your prospects. This, in turn, allows our real estate team to focus more heavily upon the remainder of the process. Knowledge of the local market, issues and conditions; in-depth property assessment; accurate home valuation; marketing; negotiation; and a plethora of concerns that arise from appraisals, inspections and financing are just some of the matters that need to be addressed and are better left to an experienced and qualified Realtor.
- Digital signature platforms
Years ago, an agent could spend hours driving back and forth to collect buyer and seller signatures on forms. Today, they can toss their pens and manage everything from the office – or wherever they may be – thanks to digital signing platforms. The government passed laws that make electronic signatures as valid as physical signatures. The platform that the Jason Whittle team uses is DocuSign, which lets agents securely send documents for clients to authorize with a simple click on a computer – or a phone. The time saved is invaluable, but if it is really important to you to actually put pen to paper, our team will certainly “go the extra mile!”
Fitting a small camera onto a helicopter drone allows agents to capture aerial images of homes, properties and neighborhoods to feature in sales listings. This provides a much better overview of a property than still pictures can depict. Drones can also be useful for checking out things like roof damage without a ladder. The Federal Aviation Administration loosened its guidelines on commercial uses for drones in June, making it easier for more agents to employ. The Jason Whittle All Pro Team strives to remain at the forefront of technological advancement, and regularly makes use of this particular technology and many others.
- Electronic lockboxes
Smart lockboxes on homes have several features that can make showing a home more secure. These new boxes allow smart phones to work as keys, which means they also can track who enters and leaves the home. Some boxes can also be programmed to host real-time information about the home and the neighborhood which visitors can access using their smart phones.
- Wireless video monitors
Security cameras help agents and homeowners keep an eye on vacant properties without having to physically stop by to check things out. Cameras can provide interior and exterior views, allowing agents and homeowners to monitor everything from maintenance issues, like whether leaves or mail deliveries are piling up on the porch, to basic security, such as seeing if someone is parked outside.
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Curious how technology can help you buy or sell your home? Contact one of the experienced agents of the Jason Whittle All Pro Team.
Jason Whittle All Pro Team of RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks