In the year of self-driving cars and voice-activated robots, new technology is all around us. Controlling the temperature of your home is no longer a commodity, it’s the standard for in-home automation. From climate control to Amazon’s Alexa, real estate technology is on the precipice of significant change. Here are some tech trends to watch this year, concerning all aspects of the real estate market.
Viewing properties on the market in your ideal price range, area, and even lifestyle is no longer an individual experience. Sotheby’s International Realty recently launched their Apple TV app that turns the real estate search from a single person chore to a group or family activity. Now, in front of a living room TV, users can search the same homes they would online but instead of crowding around a computer screen or sending links to one another, it can be done on a large scale and as agroup experience. For more information on the Apple TV app by Sotheby’s International Realty, read morehere.
So you show up at your Realtor’s office with a list of 15 properties you have your eye on that may be the perfect pied-a-terre, beach getaway, or country retreat. Instead of taking hours or days to drive and preview your laundry list of homes, virtual reality allows a viewer to experience multiple properties from the comfort of their own home or their Realtor’s conference room.Virtual reality(VR) is not new to the tech world, but has recently made strong headway in real estate. Companies like Matterport are allowing agents to provide a real life experience to a potential buyer, giving them the full look and feel of a property all from one headset. Stay tuned for more updates on how VR will no doubt shake up real estate marketing as it makes its way into more and more agencies in 2017.
Amazon Dashbuttons allow an Amazon Prime customer to pre-set a designated item that is ordered when the button is pressed. Gatorade? Toilet paper? Hair spray? Diapers? All of these things, and hundreds more, can be ordered with the push of the button. While Amazon may have already made ordering a breeze with their “Buy Now” links, with Amazon Dash users don’t even need to have a device near them to complete the order. More and more people will see these small oval buttons in real estate that they visit, as the need for sitting down and creating a shopping list dissipates and the immediate satisfaction via an online order is a trend that’s not going away.
Having an overbooked calendar no longer means you miss out on the chance to experience where your friends are, in real-time. With Facebook’sLIVEfeature and the ability to post a story that lasts for 24 hours on Instagram and Snapchat, agents are taking to social media to offer the inside scoop on their properties. Viewing property for sale on the Internet used to mean 25-30 high resolution photos to scroll through. As we dive into 2017 we’ll be seeing more behind the scenes looks at real estate for sale through these channels, offering more raw footage of a property.
Artificial intelligence (AI) sounds like it may be the last thing to apply to real estate, but it is making strides in the industry. The Amazon Echo can now provide a property valuation estimate just with one verbal request. Often when searching on a site, a chat box will pop up that is fully prepared to answer questions and sound like a human. There’s no limit to where AI can go with the general public, and there are many applications to the real estate world in 2017 and coming years.
Author:Daniel Ravenel Phone: 843-534-6942 Dated: March 8th 2017 Views: 93 About Daniel: Daniel Ravenel Jr. is the son of founder and Broker-in-Charge, Dan Ravenel. Daniel was born and rai...
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About Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
For more than 30 years, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty has been marketing, representing, and selling luxury homes in Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding areas. We specialize in luxury homes both on and off the downtown peninsula. From historic pre-Revolutionary mansions, to well located urban pied-a-terres, to stunning beachfront retreats, we specialize in finding the lifestyle that is right for every client. Since 1983, we have been able to oversee nearly one billion dollars in real estate transactions, all without litigation. Additionally, because we are a locally owned company, all of our agents are either native to Charleston or a well-established resident of the Charleston area—and it is for this reason that we are completely in tune with every subtle aspect of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
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"Laurie and I began looking for a home in Charleston in October of 2013. We were convinced it was the right city but we were not very familiar with the real estate market. Anne Edson was assigned to help us with our search. As a lifetime local, Anne was very insightful and patient as we searched every area in the Charleston region. While some of the beach communities were very enticing, we became convinced that we would be much happier in the heart of the city. During our three day visit, we did not find a home that met our needs but Anne did find us a terrific downtown waterfront rental for the winter/spring of 2013. This would provide a great opportunity to learn more about Charleston and continue our search.
We returned in February 2014 for our 3 month rental which further convinced us that this was the place to be and helped us understand why a more serious financial commitment was in our best interest. Anne continued to identify buying opportunities during our stay and was able to get us early access to a 15 year old house South of Broad which was constructed to fit the historical pattern on the community. We were sold immediately. Made an offer in a couple of days and closed in May 2014.
It is two seasons later and we continue to be extremely happy with our purchase and the life it has provided us in the heart of beautiful Charleston. We look forward to the many more years to come. We also feel that our investment is very sound at a time when it is difficult to find good investments. We have also remained in close contact with Anne and her husband Fred who have helped to acclimate to the community in many ways.
We would strongly recommend Anne as your realtor. She is enthusiastic, qualified, patient and a lot of fun to be around. We could not ask for anything more in a realtor. Please reach out if you have any questions."