With the New Economy taking off, age-old industries are transforming themselves for the ride. Real Estate is one of the fields poised for big changes.
For my novel use of a smart phone to link long-distance clients with beautiful Cape Cod properties, I was featured in the Wall Street Journal last week with my intrepid buyer Erika Goyzueta.
Erika was unable to make the trip to the Cape from her busy life in New York City when a super cute condo hit the market. So we connected on FaceTime and she toured the place by cellphone. No one was more surprised than she that she placed an offer on the spot. Erika even signed the paperwork on her phone as she went about her work day.
Today buyers get a good idea of what they like on consumer real estate websites like zillow.com and from the listing sheet emailed from the agent. But nothing beats a custom inspection to give a property the green light. FaceTime is the perfect tool when distance and schedules separate a buyer from a home for sale.
Unlike a pre-recorded video, a FaceTime "picture" phone call allows the buyer to look at a home and neighborhood in real time. The buyer can ask to see something specific and the real estate agent just points the phone. It's so easy, productive and fun.
According to the Wall Street Journal, apple iphones and ipads outnumber android devices two to one among home buyers. Droid users can accomplish a picture phone call with Skype.
If you would like to make FaceTime or Skype a part of your real estate toolbox, here are some tips.
For Home Buyers
This is just the beginning of what I predict will be a technological revolution in real estate. Combining the basics of real estate with 24/7 customer service and cutting edge technology will help everyone associated with real estate take full advantage of the housing industry comeback.