There aren’t many industries that have been affected by technology more than real estate. Before Faxes, the internet, cell phones and email I probably would not have chosen to practice real estate. Think about it. Just 15 years ago if you were interested in buying a home you could look through the real estate section of a newspaper and the back of the New York Times Magazine to view properties for sale.
The next step would be to ask for a recommendation form someone you know who has a positive experience with a Realtor. Then we would have to meet in my office so I could take you through huge binders with listing sheets – just 1 or 2 pictures per property to zero in on the ones you liked best. From there, I would set up the appointments and we would go out to see them in person. Basically, buyers were in the dark until they walked into the first home.
But, technology has changed the real estate business for the MUCH, MUCH better. Today home buyers can go to a million different websites to view almost as much detail as Realtors have about individual properties. They view professionally taken photos, move around the interactive floor plan, use Google Maps to see surrounding houses and the distance to stores, trains etc. Now there is new technology that is changing the real estate business even more. There are 3 technologies that are just beginning to be used on a broader scale:
I. Drones – now buyers can enjoy aerial views of the exterior. This gives the user a great feel for the home’s context in its environment
II. 3D – Seeing a property as if you were personally walking through provides a much better feel for the scale and layout of the home.