Mobile House Hunting South Florida Style!
Whether you are looking to make South Florida your permanent home, or are planning a seasonal residency, you will find that South Floridians have an interesting take on making good use of the latest technology to hunt for the perfect domicile.
Picture yourself on vacation in sunny Florida, cruising the highway along the beach and daydreaming of the day when you could leave the cold and snow behind and make the move to tropical South Florida. With the balmy breezes blowing through your hair, you come upon the perfect location and a beckoning Key-West-style home on the waterfront for sale. Still clothed in your beach attire, you choose to pull over to the side of the road and Google® the listing from your smart phone.
Sound familiar? It happens, and much more often than most realize. According to a joint study between the National Association of REALTORS® and Google®, entitled, The Digital House Hunt, published in 2012, “Real estate professionals know that their customers are uber-connected and informed. Nine in 10 home buyers today rely on the internet as one of their primary research sources, and 52 percent turn to the web as their first step. In fact, real estate related searches on Google.com grew 22% year-over-year. Additionally, approximately one-fifth of real estate related searches happen on mobile devices, and Google real estate related searches on mobile devices grew 120% percent year-over-year from 2011 to 2012.”
Moreover, according to Michele Lerner at the Washington Post, “The old-fashioned method of driving around to check out homes and neighborhoods hasn’t entirely disappeared, but it’s definitely received a 21st-century makeover with the introduction of mobile apps.”
According to the Discover card website, here are three of their five mobile applications (“apps”) to help you with your house hunt.
REALTOR®.com: Another home search site, Realtor.com includes anything for sale that is listed with a real estate agent, excluding homes for sale by owner. It is easy to use and allows you to create your own search parameters for future use.
Zillow: One of the older apps, Zillow has been around since 2006. It lists homes for sale by broker and owner to provide expanded options. It is easy to use, with numerous parameters to help you narrow your search.
Trulia: The longtime competitor to Zillow, Trulia is similar to the other apps in that it displays a map and list view. It also allows you to draw on the map to find homes within a certain area. In addition to using the basic map, you can look at nearby amenities and schools along with boundaries for neighborhood, county, or zip code.
We hope you find one of these useful, happy hunting!
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Article by: Jeannie M. Ferrara