Through the Years: Technology and Real Estate

The T word: Technology. It’s affected just about every aspect of our lives and every industry, including real estate. Today, smartphone owners hold in the palms of their hands access to information about almost anything, like real estate.

In the past, most home-buying resources weren’t readily accessible to consumers, except via a real estate agent. The multiple listing service (MLS) took the form of a giant notebook, full of home listings (pictured below). No map feature. No slide shows. No instantaneous means of contacting an agency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, consumers can utilize smartphone apps and websites, such as Coldwell Banker (mobile app featured below), Realtor.com, or HomeSnap,  to find properties within a certain price range and in a certain geographic location, as well as with specific size and style preferences. Many online MLS entries also includes slideshows, giving the home seekers a tour without ever having to show up to the property in person.

The real estate agents at Coldwell Banker Caine are ready and waiting to help, just like they always have been. While the company moves forward digitally, the same spirit of service still permeates the daily goings-on.