There’s always a first time for everything. This can include navigating the road to adulthood by entering your first job, renting your first apartment, or starting your first business venture. For some people who are more financially stable, it’s buying their first house.
All the firsts can be scary, but they can also be exciting if you let them. It’s your chance to experience doing something that you have never done before. It can be overwhelming and excruciating, especially if you were to face it alone.
Nowadays, buying a home doesn’t immediately equate to wanting to start a family. You can be single and still want to buy a house for yourself. But the task of house-hunting can be heavy on your shoulders, even with a good realtor by your side. In this situation, you might want to rely on your other skills.
Becoming a homebuyer in the 21st century means that you already have all the tools you need to make this adult milestone happen. So put your tech-savvy skills to good use and buy yourself a home. Here are three ways technology can eliminate the laborious task of house-hunting:
Explore the World of Apps
With all the recent advancements in technology, it won’t be surprising if people can completely look at houses and settle their paperwork through an app someday. If you don’t believe this, you can see it for yourself by going through the app or play store.
You are bound to come across at least one or two home-buying apps when you enter the words “real estate” on the search bar. These apps can allow you to get exclusive invites to check out properties before they hit the market. This is a great opportunity if all the listings you’re getting are houses nobody wants.
Real estate is no longer limited to face-to-face interactions with professional agents or changing for-sale signs in a good neighborhood. In fact, technology has penetrated the real estate industry far greater than what you may think, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down any time soon.
Sift through Countless Websites
The internet is a vast place with room for everything — information about DIY projects, where you can apply for jobs, or even reliable listings of houses for sale. If you know where to look, you can have an unlimited supply of resources for everything you need to know regarding the home buying process.
This means that you don’t have to base your luck on finding listings in the newspaper, especially when you can do it through your phone. There is an abundance of real estate websites with house listings and relevant information about the sellers’ details or when the houses are available for ocular visits.
It might be in your best interests to know what virtual reality has been making a mark in the real estate industry. Some websites offer virtual reality and video tours along with their other services so that homebuyers can experience being in the house before they put in the effort to go the distance.
Getting to experience the house beforehand is a nice perk, particularly because it can help you eliminate options from your list. This way, you won’t have to waste your time and money checking out the listings if the houses don’t make the cut.
Connect with Realtors via Social Media
Oftentimes, the best choices can feel out of reach. For instance, realtors who have truly made a mark in the industry can feel inaccessible because you will have to go through many offices and people to get a glimpse of them.
Luckily, you won’t have to because you can use technology to make it happen. With the whole world being connected through the internet, it’s almost impossible for a renowned figure not to have a professional social media account that you can easily reach out to.
So if you see a realtor that you think can find you the perfect home, don’t second guess yourself and send them a message. The worst-case scenario will be if they don’t get back to you, but there’s also a slight chance that they will because social media accounts are meant for constant checking.
Give yourself the best because it’s what you deserve. And even if you can’t afford their services, they might still be able to recommend a colleague or friend in the same industry who can help you get your dream home. They might not be your best option, but they can be the next best thing.
Being a first-time homebuyer is not easy, but it’s also not impossible. With all the available resources you have today, house-hunting won’t be as gruesome as it was when your grandparents were doing it. Plus, nothing good ever comes easy, so you might as well enjoy the tech-savvy ride.
As a professional marketer with over 25 years of experience in the industry, Brian Townsend has all the knowledge necessary to become Storm Hosts’ editor-in-chief. Aside from his editorial duties, he also sits on the board of multiple technology startups. He is a proud early adopter of social media and other tech solutions for marketing