The digital landscape has changed how we search for property

The digital landscape has changed how we search for property

By REIWA President – Hayden Groves

Using the internet is common practice for most of us now, so it’s easy to forget only a couple of decades ago searching for property was a far more manual, arduous process.

Digital technology has immensely improved the property search landscape for buyers, investors and tenants. The sheer volume of information online is staggering, and it has put the days of relying solely on newspaper classifieds and home opens behind us.

The introduction of online real estate portals was pivotal to this, with websites such as making it significantly easier for buyers, investors and tenants to find a suitable property. At the click of a button, you can view every property for sale in your area, refine the search to ensure the properties you view meet your criteria, find detailed suburb information and locate skilled real estate professionals in your area.

More recently there have been further digital advances, with the popularity of smartphones taking property search to a whole new level again. Through mobile technology, you can now view properties in the palm of your hand and take them with you wherever you go – simplifying the search process even more!

In this space, REIWA has recently launched the app, which makes it even easier for Western Australians to search for properties, find and compare local REIWA agents, view home opens and shortlist their favourite properties and searches.

Plus, the app’s interactive mapping technology allows you to draw on a map to find properties located in a specific location, and view nearby places, such as schools, transport and shops to assess if the area is right for you.

The level of detail you can find online or in an app about a property or suburb has truly revolutionised how we search for real estate.

I encourage buyers, investors and tenants to utilise the technologies available to help educate your-self on the suburbs and properties you’re interested in. Having a good understanding of what properties are available in the area, how the local market is performing and whether the suburb is suitable for your lifestyle is key.

Be sure to tap into your agent’s local knowledge too. REIWA agents are experts in their field and know the ins-and-outs of real estate. Their experience is invaluable and can help fill in any blanks you may have about the suburb or property.


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