The real estate industry has changed in a lot of ways since the 2007 crash that led to the Great Recession. Still, one element remains a necessity: the knowledgeable real estate agent. Today, having an expert agent handle your real estate transactions is more important than ever. Working with the wrong realtor can mean missing out on your dream home as inventory in many markets—including College Station—remains tight.
As you browse through available homes for sale in College Station, TX, One quality that you should look for in an agent is tech-savviness. In the digital age, this attribute is a major asset in an agent’s professional toolkit. Casey Wright, contributor for Realtor Magazine relates why technological savvy is an important quality for a real estate agent to have:
As younger people come into the (real estate) business, we will see a tipping point where smart use of modern technologies becomes an expected competence for all agents, not a novelty for a select few.
I often have the opportunity to speak with real estate professionals about technology, and it’s amazing to me how many of them—even in 2013—maintain that experience is more important than use of modern technologies. They act as if using these technologies is a choice.
The relationship between technology and experience is not competition but collaboration. In my view, if you’ve chosen a side, you’ve already lost. Success in 2014 and beyond depends upon smart deployment of modern technology in the service of time-tested sales and -relationship-building techniques.
According to Realtor.org, 92 percent of homebuyers used the Internet in their home search in 2013, with 42 percent saying that browsing online was their first step in looking for the ideal property to purchase, and 14 percent saying they used the Internet to learn about the home-buying process. Additionally, 22 percent of mobile searchers reported they ultimately purchased a home using a mobile application.
Many agents barely scratch the surface of technology’s potential, using their mobile devices simply to make calls and check emails. Luckily, there are real estate companies like Traditions Realty Team that know how to make existing technology work for you. Browse through houses for sale in College Station and find your dream home with their help.
(Source: Poised for a Sea Change, Realtor Magazine, Jan. 2014)