Technology is invading the real estate industry. Already, I’m told, 60% of home buyers start out on the internet looking for houses on MLS, Zillow and Trulia. So it is only natural that the internet would spawn other applications for the industry. Here are three new ones:
Meggen and Peter Lane Taylor are fascinated by anything and everything to do with houses. The older the houses, the better. “The couple lives in Easton, MD part-time and has affection for real estate and historic architecture. When they travel, they want to stay in vintage hotels or in restored private homes. They want to visit historic properties.
They were asked, “How did living here inform your research and decision-making?”
Meggen and Peter: Cities like Baltimore, Easton and others in the Mid-Atlantic are full of revitalizing historic districts and downtown neighborhoods. They’re attracting young people who want walkable streets, new business startups and entrepreneurs, and areas that were once “distressed” are now up-and-coming travel hot spots. One day it just hit us that there’s an entire historic lifestyle playing out all around us.
“The result of that “light-bulb moment was FindEverythingHistoric.com, a new website specializing in real estate, design and travel destinations for the legions of fellow historic-property enthusiasts that the couple believes are out there.”
Picture this.today has been described as “An innovative visualization software application will launch in less than 34 days, promising to change the way consumers look at everything from real estate listings to home furnishing products and services.
Picture this offers fully interactive 3D floor plans of properties listed for sale or lease. The virtual properties will be professionally staged with interactive 3D models, representing generic items as well as a showcase of specific products from select home and commercial furnishing brands. Consumers can in effect ‘walk’ through the properties and interact with the spaces and products from any angle or viewpoint, using products contained in exclusive online catalogs, effectively furnishing the space according to their own needs and particular style. Saved creations can be shared with friends and colleagues, and actual products can be ordered with the click of a button.
Picture this.today follows another new software program for New York City real estate professionals and buyers of real estate called StreetEasy for your smart phone or tablet. According to their website, “StreetEasy gives you all your market search details in one place. You can search for a home in traditional ways or by school zone, building, and neighborhood. You can share your opinions on anything related to your neighborhood or real estate. You can save searches and have us email you when new information is updated.”
StreetEasy was launched in 2006 and purchased by Zillow. With StreetEasy you can now search by listings, save your search, search for recorded sales, search for open houses, or search by price or price per square foot. You can connect to social networks and even find a broker. As a broker you can use the site to manage your listings and increase your own exposure
What’s next, virtual consumers?