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3 Ways Technology Has Completely Changed the Real Estate Industry

A couple of decades ago, all it took to bring buyers to the door was sticking a “For Sale” sign in your yard. But thanks to the Internet and other advances in technology, Pittsburgh homeowners have access to all kinds of real estate resources — which makes selling a home so much simpler.

How Technology Has Made Home Selling Easier

You can find virtually anything about the home selling process online. Home staging tips? No problem. The best pricing strategy? Simple. How to show off your home’s square footagewhat to do when a buyer makes an offer, or what Pittsburgh buyers are looking for in your home? Yes, yes, and yes.

Homeowners aren’t just limited to articles, either. There are dozens of tools out there that can help you rearrange the furniture in a room, check available listings in your neighborhood, and sign documents without having to step into an agent’s or attorney’s office. Here are just a few of the ways that technology has made selling a home simpler.

1. You Can Check Out the Competition Without Leaving Home

beautiful patio home in Washington CountyHome selling apps like Zillow are great for taking a peek at nearby listings. You have instant access to a home’s listing photos, its location near shops and restaurants, and a description of its selling points. Best of all, since the information is all online, you can learn about your neighbors’ homes without having to leave your couch.

Of course, there are a few drawbacks to using Zillow to find property information, so take a look at our blog post for the pros and cons.

2. You Can Learn What Your Home is Worth

A lot of factors go into determining what your home is worth in Pittsburgh, but recent sales of similar homes play a big role. With technology, it’s easy to find out what homes have recently sold for and request a market evaluation for your home — just ask us!

3. You Can Get Real Estate Advice Anytime and Anywhere

mobile phone open to the Twitter appHave a question about selling a home but don’t have time for a phone call? Social media and texting have made it easy to get in contact with real estate agents and learn the answers to your questions. This 24/7 availability is one of the best ways that technology has changed the real estate industry!

We understand how important it is to stay in touch with your real estate agent, so The Blonar Team makes a point to return your phone calls, texts, and emails within 24 hours. You can also follow us on our social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Are Real Estate Agents Still Relevant?

With so much information available online, many sellers start to wonder if they even need to bother hiring a real estate agent. The short answer? You should always work with a real estate agent.

Your real estate agent does a lot to make sure your home sells for top dollar, including spending their own money marketing your listing, coordinating showing appointments for buyers who have asked about your property, and advising you on what home improvements will bring you the most value at closing. We’ll also make sure to use our market and construction knowledge to your advantage, especially if you’re facing an estate sale and want to minimize headaches.

So if you’re considering selling your home, contact us. We have a wealth of tools and resources at our disposal that we’re happy to share with you. Call us at 724-344-4795.

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