Technology is jumping by leaps and bounds and the world of real estate is no different. I remember when I started in real estate, the piles of paper that everyone had to sign. It became a joke that buyers had cramps in their hands from signing all those documents. Now, buyers in one part of the country can electronically sign their documents a half a world away and buy a house with the click of their mouse.
One of the neatest advances is the QR code. A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) designed to be read by smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, a URL, or other data. Created by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes.
You will see these codes on many products and advertisements. One of the areas that you will see a QR code will be on some real estate ads, especially flyers for listed homes. You only have to have the QR application on your smartphone and when you scan the QR code, it will take you to the web site pertaining to that listing. It is one of the many ways that technology is being used in real estate.
Technology is a tool, much like the Internet, to help buyers find the home they would like. But after all is said and done about technology, it is important to remember that it is here to help us, not to do the work for us. The bottom line is a REALTOR can still help you ask the questions that you may not even know need asking. Having a professional help guide you through this maze of today’s real estate is a real plus.
As always, if I can help you with any of your real estate needs, please don’t hesitate to contact me.