Making the decision to buy a home is exciting and empowering, but can be a little overwhelming when you’re just starting out. Of course you want to find the perfect home in a great neighbourhood, not too far from work and good schools for your kids. Now, the hunt for this ideal home has been made less time consuming and more fun than ever before.
The emergence of Web 2.0 applications on the ever expanding internet has made it possible for you to house hunt from the comfort of your own home. This not only saves you time, but enables you to really see what’s available and what you would be interested to view in person.
Here are a few examples of how these applications make house hunting a breeze:
Digital photography may not be a brand new concept, but it was the first step to improving the real estate experience online. Now you are able to visit many realty sites and view a number of photos of each property. These can help you decide if a home is right for you and if it has investment potential.
Many sites now employ virtual tours to give you a more enhanced experience. This way you get to see the house from front to back and usually much of the outdoor space as well. These tours can give you a good sense of size and some are so good that you really feel as though you’re right inside the house.
Once you find a few houses that you’re interested in you’ll probably be curious about the neighbourhood as well, but don’t hop in the car just yet. You can use online mapping systems like Google Maps for satellite views of the area. For many cities you can even do a virtual tour of the exact street that you’re looking at. You can also visit the city’s website to see if they have 24/7 webcams set up in your neighbourhood so you can see what’s going on at that very moment.
Another big factor in purchasing a home is of course the price. You can make use of online mortgage calculators linked directly to the property you’re viewing to see what type of down payment you’d need to make, what term would be best for you and how much your monthly payments would be.
The internet has come a long way and has changed the way people shop for homes. Using these online applications can make your real estate experience easier and more enjoyable.
Benefits of Web 2.0 for Home Buyers
- May 28, 2009
Broker of Record
CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage*