With the advent of the web it became clear that there were certain products that really did lend themselves to becoming very popular with the public.
Searching for homes online soon became the easiest way for a buyer to search for a new home and area information. Being able to sit in front of your computer in say Atlanta and consider a move to Nashville and be able to view the homes available is the major factor in bringing the number of people starting their search online for homes to close to 95%!
As the technology of the home search functionality increases it has become easier and easier to buy a home with out ever seeing the home. An example of the depth of research you can do on just one property can be seen HERE
From the video you can see that buyers can now see the basic information about the home, the room sizes and descriptions and up to 20 photographs of the home. The next level of research can be done by the buyer in terms of being able to map the property using state of the art mapping technology and being able to zoom in and zoom out to see the relative location of the property.
Being able to use the satellite view of the home can be very enlightening. The ability to view virtually the surrounding area and get a feel for the environment has put the buyer in a position to"virtually" visit the property and weed out homes that they know won't fit in to the desired profile. Perhaps one of the biggest negatives for a home is if it backs up to a power line pylon/tower. The ariel/satellite view now gives the buyer the ability to view this before the make a trip to see the home with their TAREG realtor.
Google Street View
The street view is the next level of neighborhood research that the buyer now at their disposal. This takes the satellite view one step closer in terms of virtually being able to walk around the properties neighborhood.
The internet has given us all access to a wealth on information from how to build your own guitar at home to the easiest way to travel the world and meet people. Real estate is no exception to the amount of info that a savvy buyer can find. With the TAREG site all that information is at your finger tips. You can now see exactly how close the public schools are and the local amenities. The site even gives you socio economic data for the neighborhood as well as crime statistics.
What Should Home Buyers Look For When Selecting a New Neighborhood?
Where you live can have a big effect your happiness and quality of life. When choosing a neighborhood, there are many factors to consider:
Commute time makes a big difference. In urban areas, proximity to the workplace is not the driving factor that influences commute times. Instead, it's flow of traffic. To find out how close a neighborhood is to your office, drive the route from the neighborhood to your workplace at the normal time of day when you would be going to work.
If you have children, traffic is important in other ways. Watch for busy roads that could be a hazard for children who enjoy playing outside. And if you have children or pets, remember that sidewalks also make a big difference. Children who have no sidewalks will ride their bikes in the street, and dogs with no sidewalks will need to be walked in the road.
Spend time driving around each neighborhood you're thinking about living in. Listen for the noises and observe the sights. Choose a neighborhood that helps you feel comfortable, safe, and at home.
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