Using technology to help on your property journey
Searching for or buying property isn’t easy. There are many difficulties to overcome and it is only natural that prospective buyers would look for a way to simplify, improv or speed up the process. The way that people buy homes has changed a lot in recent years. The emergence of the internet and development of online property portals means that technology is playing a huge part in the property searching and buying process. If you are open to technological assistance, you will find that there are many ways you can help yourself on your property journey and at Liberty Gate, we’re here to make the process as simple for you as possible.
Here are 7 top tech hacks you should consider when looking to buy property:
- Chatbots on Facebook or LiveChat on websites
- Online mortgage comparison sites
- Property apps
- Property Value Calculator
- Rightmove Property Alert
- Twitter notifications or lists
- Virtual Walkthroughs
Going through these apps or hacks in greater detail will help you see why you should be using them when looking for property.
Chatbots on Facebook or LiveChat on websites
Automation isn’t everyone’s idea of technological progress and some people fear losing the personal touch. However, it appears the use of chatbots or live chat options aren’t just about saving time and money for businesses, they can be of benefit to the user as well.
These bots have been created to engage the audience and to ask questions and/or provide answers that will help people make a more informed decision. One example of this technology being used for the benefit of a user comes with its use when a prospective buyer is looking for guidance on which mortgage is right for their needs.
As opposed to speaking to an agent, and perhaps avoiding the lengthy wait to speak to a person, the chat facility processes the conversation, responding to the statements and answers provided by the prospective buyer. There will then an answer or suggestions made based on the findings.
Given that there are so many mortgages to choose from, this step can save time without compromising on quality, which is always good when buying a home.
Online mortgage comparison sites
By now, it is likely that we all know the benefits of comparison sites. It may be that not every company is listed on these sites, and some sites may suggest a partner’s product as opposed to what is genuinely best, but as long as you find a trusted comparison site, you can make looking for a mortgage much easier.
Filling in your criteria such as your budget, your income and other crucial factors, a reliable online mortgage comparison site will provide you with a list of suitable lenders. Some sites may even put you into direct contact them.
In the words of a famous advert, “there’s an app for that”, and this is the case for property. We may not quite be at the stage where people search for property the way that they search for a partner on Tinder, but the time where people swipe right or left on property probably isn’t too far away.
Property apps for individual companies or even apps relating to a local area can focus your search, saving you time while keeping you up to date with the latest developments.
Property Value Calculator
While property owners looking to sell their home may have a more immediate need for property value calculators that are found on an increasing number of sites, this is a tech hack that is useful for buyers. If you are looking for property in a particular area, a calculator helps you to define your budget or gives you more informed information relating to your parameters.
Speed is often of the essence when it comes to searching for property. This means you want, no you need, to be informed of suitable property when it becomes available. Property alerts, with the Rightmove property alert being a fine example, ensures that as soon as a suitable property becomes available, you are informed. You can choose the property you are informed about which means that you are in full control over the notifications, which means you can act accordingly.
Twitter notifications or lists
A similar way to stay fully informed with property becoming available is to utilise Twitter. There are many ways to receive data or information on Twitter and you can set up lists or receive notifications when an account posts. This will help you to stay up to date with property listings from a local agent.
If you are thinking about buying a home, you want to look around the property and get a feel for what it has to offer. This can be difficult to arrange based on your location or spare time but with virtual walkthroughs becoming a common feature on online property sites and portals, people can get to know a home from the comfort of their own home.
These apps and technology hacks are a brilliant way to stay fully informed when looking to buy property. Of course, if you want to stay in touch with the latest property news and developments, be sure to contact Liberty Gate.