Using the Internet to Buy Or Sell a House
Whether you are looking to buy or sell a house, the internet can be an essential tool in your venture. When someone is looking for houses for sale, 80% will start by looking online, so this means if you are the one selling, it is very important to make sure that your home is listed with a realtor who has a website, and lists the homes they are selling on there. Almost all of them do, but it is still a good idea to check first.
Not many people will skip over the internet, and only look at printed catalogs of homes that are for sale, so it is in the best interest of the seller, if not listing with a realtor to make sure that any houses for sale they are selling are listed in as many places as possible, both online and off. Having a home listed online adds many benefits for potential buyers like the ability to enter a price or a certain location and find the homes that apply. Being listed online also allows the buyer to see many more pictures than they would have in a printed catalog. A seller can take advantage of this by taking as many as pictures as possible with a high quality camera to post online to give the buyer a look at the home from every angle.
Those selling a home will want to use the internet to get an idea of what to set the price at. They should look closely at homes with similar features to theirs, and those that are in the same general area, specifically the same school district. Taking an average of the cheapest 5 houses for sale that meet the above criteria, and taking off 10% from that, then what is left should be the asking price. That will create demand for a cheaper house in the area, and the seller will actually make more as a bidding war should break out over the home.
If selling a house, one can either be listed with a realtor who will take a cut of the money made from the sale. Or they can skip the middle man and list the house on their own. For those looking at houses for sale to buy one, they should remember that buying a home is not like buying other merchandise online. The internet can provide good information about many homes, and allow them to search a bigger area, but they should narrow their search down to just a few, and visit them in person before buying.