You knew it had to happen… many know that a few months ago I developed a basic personal web site that included a special section regarding real estate. The initial reactions were very good and, while traffic hasn’t been overwhelming, it seems a number of folks found the site at least mildly interesting!
Without going all technical, there were a few problems—the biggest being the difficulty with adding information and a related difficulty for users in finding it. So I decided to go with the “blog” format. I went “whole hog” (“whole blog?”) and even have established my own domain. If you are technically inclined you’re welcome to contact me about the details.
From a less technical perspective, let me explain why I made this effort and what it means to clients and friends. I believe (bear with me, this will sound like a keen grasp of the obvious) the business of real estate is undergoing some major changes.
One change is simply that information is now readily available to consumers.— thanks in a large part to the Internet. It used to be that you had to call a licensed agent just to get a list of what houses were on the market in a given area. Now you can pretty much get the same information with a few mouse clicks. I find that many buyers actually know more about the properties they are interested in than I do — at least at first! But this information explosion creates several new challenges and opportunities.
Consider for a moment what real estate is… or perhaps more importantly, what it is not. For most buyers, real estate is not a commodity. That means there’s a process associated with aquiring real estate that’s a lot different than stopping by the local store for a gallon of milk. The value of a realtor is now (always has been, really) helping with the process. That’s why it’s called “real estate brokerage.” It’s not just about the milk.
So my intent with this site is to provide “tips, tactics, and thoughts” as well as develop a resource for clients and customers. You won’t find listings (or milk!) here; there are many other places (including the Maine Choice Realty site) that can do a great job with that information. But when you want more than a property, this is going to be the place to visit.