Technology has revolutionized the real estate industry, helping home buyers and sellers save time and money. However, despite access to more information than ever before, most consumers still turn to a real estate agent to help them navigate the process and purchase their home. In fact, according to a 2018 Owners.com survey of recent homebuyers, 62 percent did their own home inventory searches online and 83 percent ultimately worked with an agent for the purchase.

“In recent years, the real estate industry has made data and information more readily available to consumers, which in turn has made them more knowledgeable going into the home buying process,” says Daniel Maloney, Head of National Sales at Owners.com. “However, it’s clear that home buyers still value the on-the-ground expertise and guidance that a local real estate agent can provide, particularly in a competitive market where consumers need to move faster than ever to get into a home.” (more…)

A recent report from Owners.com , a tech-driven real estate brokerage, found that Dallas/Fort Worth was among the top 10 markets nationwide for career-focused single women to live. The analysis was based on a variety of factors, including the percentage of single female homeowners, female median earnings, and female unemployment rate. The Metroplex has some unique factors that make it a great place for single professional women looking to buy a home. (more…)

home search tools

Decades ago, home buyers combed the Sunday newspaper to find houses for sale. They hopped in their car for a “Sunday drive” around neighborhoods they liked, keeping their eyes peeled for For Sale signs or better yet, an open house.

Today, buyers use web searches and mobile apps to search hundreds of thousands of properties for sale. They can zero in on neighborhoods they like to find potential listings and “walk inside” home with virtual tours that give buyers almost a first-hand feel of what the listing is like. (more…)

Small figures can add up quickly when you’re buying or selling your home: home appraisals, loan origination fees, and new utility setup fees. We know not everyone is made of money, so here are a few options you can pursue to save money in the home buying and selling process.

1. Select how much agent support you need

In recent years, the real estate process has become much more personalized. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, real estate brokerages are offering buyers and sellers more choices about the level of agent support that they need.

If you’re unsure of what to do and where to start, working with a real estate agent can help guide you through every step of the process, and make it stress-free. For sellers who are more experienced or willing to do some legwork, a more flexible listing package or going the for-sale-by-owner route may be enticing to help save on commissions.

Whichever you choose, pick the highest level of service you’ll need. (more…)

AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys, but what city is better for football-loving homeowners: Dallas or Green Bay?

AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys, but what city is better for football-loving homeowners: Dallas or Green Bay?

Are you ready for some football? Surely you’ve wondered during less-than-stellar seasons of Cowboys past whether it would be better off to live in a city where a team doesn’t bomb the playoffs. As it turns out, Owners.com wanted to know which city, Dallas or Green Bay, Wis., were better for homeowners who are football fans. We were intrigued, too, especially considering that the home teams of these homeowners are going head-to-head on Sunday, Jan. 15, in the NFL Divisional Playoffs.

Who do you think won? Jump to find out!

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