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Realtor.com app provides quality home search

by Josh Bellew

Realtor.com AppOver the past year that I have been with The All Star Team, I have been asked numerous times about the best way to search for homes using a mobile device. In today’s market, there are many different options for the home buyer looking for that perfect home, including mobile versions of agent’s websites and truly dedicated apps from national search companies. You can spend more time searching for a search tool than actually searching for a home. So after a year of trying out all of the options, I am ready to give my stamp of approval.


After experimenting with countless mobile websites and popular mobile apps on both Apple and Android devices, I have found myself always reverting back to the Realtor.com app. The Realtor.com app, in my opinion, was the easiest to navigate and worked consistently across all platforms. It also gives you the ability to communicate with your Buyer’s Agent in a convenient format. Here are several of the features that keep me going back to the Realtor.com app while searching for houses.


The most up to date home information. Realtor.com is linked directly with the Hattiesburg MLS, the listing service used by all Realtors in the Hattiesburg area. When we list a home, change a price, or update a status, Realtor.com receives this information in about 15 minutes and makes the appropriate changes. Other apps like Zillow and Trulia can take up to 2 or 3 days to update.


Location based home searches – This is one of my favorite features of the Realtor.com. It can detect the general area you are in and show you homes that are within a certain radius. This is incredibly useful if you like to search for homes by driving in the areas you like. Sometimes you may not know there is an excellent neighborhood tucked away in the woods off the major highways, but now you will be able to scout out the area without wasting time.


Full screen photo slide show. The Realtor.com app offers a great way to view the home photos. Once you are looking at the listing, just touch the photo of the home and a full screen slide show pops up that allows you to easily swipe through the photos.


Open House list – We all like an open house. It’s a great way to quickly view a house you’re interested in, especially when you are just starting your search. Realtor.com gives the agents in our area the ability to list our Open Houses. Curious if there are any Open Houses while you’re searching? Just go to the app’s home screen and click Open Houses. If any are scheduled, you will see a list of addresses and times. (Be sure to check it out before our Tour Of Homes each month.)


Collaborative Search – One of the most useful features of the Realtor.com app is the ability to connect with our Buyer Agents while you are searching for a home. The app allows you to sync your login with the agent you are working with. You can then easily let the agent know which houses you are interested in and request a showing of a specific house. Once connected, your agent will be able to recommend houses that you may be interested in, allowing you to easily view the home and let your agent know your thoughts. If you would like to connect with your agent on the Realtor.com app, just ask and they will email you an invitation to connect.
These are just a few of the many features that make this my “go-to” app when searching for homes. As always, if you ever have a question about searching for homes online, feel free to give me a call or, better yet, stop by the office and say hello.

Download the realtor.com app here.

Star Chat from DeLois

by DeLois Smith

Dear Friends,
This really is my 40th year to serve in the intense and ever-changing role as a Residential Realtor in the greater Hattiesburg Area. I have loved the opportunity to be closely connected with families of the area who were buying and selling their homes. Frequently, I have had the joy of working with first, second and even third generations and sometimes it has been the estate homes of friends that I have had close personal relationship for many years. Those are the sad times of reflecting on the brevity of life.
My passion for helping families buy or sell their homes is as intense as it was in August 1973 when I first convinced a young family that 910 Quinn Street should be their “home sweet home” at $16,500.00. Adam says, “Selling a family home to DeLois is like a dose of Vim and Vigor!”
In 1977, when we first opened Hattiesburg’s first franchised office, Hattiesburg Gallery of Homes, our very first clients were Dr. John and Cathy Dudley as they sold their first home on Prince George and purchased their current home in SW Hattiesburg.
My 40 years of local experience has taken me through two major recessions; no financing in the early 70’s except owner financing or FHA or VA Assumption; interest rates from 16-21% in the 80’s; a steady annual appreciation of 3% from 1990-2005; Katrina and recent tornadoes with a loss or severe damage to 560 local homes; and now New Hope!
“The most significant differences between 2012 and 2013 is in single word: Confidence
– consumer confidence is at its highest level in almost five years. Consumers
believe that real estate is a safe investment. They are also feeling a need to get in the market before it’s too late.” RIS Media Real Estate.
Market strategy, negotiating skills and trend spotting have never been more critical
to buyers and sellers than right now. If you have needed or wanted to make a move in the past five year, Now is the time! Here are some important facts for your consideration:
• Cheaper to Buy than rent – Today it is 44% cheaper to buy versus rent.
• Mortgage Rates Moving Forward- The MBA projects 30 year mortgage rates will be 4.3% by the end of the year.
• Cumulative appreciation by 2017 – Locally I expect to be in the 15% range over the next five years.
• Move-up Buyer Savings – Currently a young family can move from a home in the $150,000 range with higher rate financing to $200,000 without an increase in payment. In the $300,000 - $400,000 with a $100,000 increase in value, there is likely to be money left over!
Our team of cutting edge professionals has never been better equipped to help you move smoothly through the process of marketing your current home and helping
you and your family get well positioned to meet your present and future home ownership needs.
In my 40 years of service to home buyers and sellers, I’ve not seen a better opportunity!
Call us to help you, your friends, or family move!

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