homes for sale – 95% Buy a Different House
It’s an interesting time to be mulling through listings and looking at homes for sale. There are a lot of apartments, condos, houses and pieces of land for sale in a variety of shapes and sizes. And it’s very emotional imagining yourself in this house or that, looking at the pictures of each room and thinking about what you’d put in there or ‘do’ with it, taking the virtual tour, working out the sums on the mortgage calculator, fantasizing about the garden, the garage, what you’ll do with the basement.
But what’s really interesting to us at bestplace2move.com is how alarming it is that less than 5% actually buy the house they see online that leads them to their real estate agent. That’s a staggering statistic. So 95% of people that browse houses online, contact a company because they have the listing for a house they like the look of and wind up working with someone who might not match their needs or understand what they want just because they were errr working for the seller of a house they’re probably not going to buy. Doesn’t make sense does it?
What’s also interesting is that a large majority of people (around 69% in 2009 according to NAR)
work with the first real estate agent they meet or have a significant contact with.
At bestplace2move.com we think our users are smarter than that. They take advantage of all the screening, interviewing, fact checking and industry research we have done on our network of selected brokers. They also take advantage of the fact that once we have the best companies aligned, we have written agreements with them to only match their best performing, full time, qualified, most accomplished agents in their markets with our users, based on our users personality and background requirements.
Really, does it make sense to base such an important relationship on a pretty picture without any context?