There's no doubt about it, the proliferation of electronic gadgets and the wide availability of the Internet have changed the way we do business.
Consider this: according to a study by Facebook, the average person checks his or her smartphone 30 times a day. Among adults under 40, that number soars to 150 times a day and is destined to grow among all age groups! We see it all the time, whether it's people sitting across from each other at restaurants, at meetings, at any "event" and more. Gathering of information, locating a business or restaurant and yes, shopping, even for real estate, are all instantly available at your fingertips.
Here's an excerpt from Austin Allison of dotloop on how the rules have changed.
"The double-digit growth in mobile computing devices--especially the rapid adoption of smartphones--has changed how Americans access and use information. These devices have not only become the primary means of communication between people, but have led to nearly constant social network participation.
The on-demand revolution has already begun to transform real estate. According to the Consumer Housing Trends Report 2016 published by Zillow Group, buyers are now overwhelmingly bringing all available digital tools to the process, including their smartphones, social media, and online networks. However, they are not trying to replace their agent with technology--they are looking for an agent who can use technology to make the process faster, easier, and more efficient. Someone who can then fill a role that technology can never replace--that of a trusted adviser and strategic partner."
Here at DeLacy Real Estate, we are increasing our online presence to be more visible and therefore bring in more buyers and investors to help our clients who are looking to sell or lease, as well as to bring more awareness to the public on Port Huron, St. Clair County and all of the Blue Water/Thumb area. We hope you enjoy the tidbits of information and opinions that we'll be sending your way over the year.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at DeLacy Real Estate!