If you talk to veteran realtors who remember doing business in a smartphone-less world, you’ll learn about some ancient history like when they used to send documents via fax and about old artifacts like flimsy manila folders that housed important documents, all kept inside massive cabinet drawers. They’ll also tell you about the an ancient ritual called a closing in which all parties were required to be present to complete the purchase/sale of a property. Thanks to mobile tech, nothing has been the same. Technology has affected everyone and every industry in different ways, but in the real estate market, it has helped agents overcome some of the biggest hurdles they once faced; it has allowed them to better serve their clients every step of the way. Here are just a few of the ways tech has redefined the property buying process.
Mobile Pre-Approvals and Financing Applications
Smartphones have now brought virtually every capability that once used to require being present somewhere to the fingertips of anyone, anywhere so long as they have access to Wi-Fi. Getting pre-approved and getting final approval for financing on a commercial or residential property used to require an in-person meeting with the client, realtor and bank. Then it required dozens of notarized papers and records being faxed over from one office to another; so if you didn’t have a fax machine available, you could forget about submitting your paperwork in a timely manner. The ease of using email via smartphones has made everything speed up. Also, applications for financing no longer require even a full phone conversation. Apps like mortgage lender The Q Kapital’s mobile app (categorized under finance apps) allow potential buyers to fill out all the required information from their mobile phone from anywhere in the world and get the most important step out of the way: getting pre-approved then getting fully approved for mortgage financing. Mobile mortage financing allows any foreign buyer looking to purchase properties in U.S. cities like Miami and New York to know how much financing will be available to them.
E-signing platforms are widely available now on the app store and Google Play store. They can be used to complete multi-party real estate transactions from a computer or phone easily. They are built to be secure and to fit the format of proper legal signatures so all your paperwork is airtight. Mobile tech has helped make all parties more efficient and helped expedite so many processes that used to take days, even weeks sometimes.
Mobile Tech Facilitates Remote Viewings
Starting the home or commercial property buying process nowadays can be done without leaving your bedroom – or without ever flying into the country where the property is. Of course, it’s always best to fly in at least once before purchasing to get to know your possible new asset in person as well as the surrounding areas. But if you have a great realtor on your side, they can walk you through showings all via skype, facetime or whatever video chatting software you subscribe to. The important thing is to have a great realtor who will be 100% honest; if there are other factors that can’t be picked up through a cell phone screen, such as mildewy smells, humidity or environmental noise, they need to relay that to you before you make a decision on a property. The same can be coordinated for an inspector’s visit to the home if this is part of your process thanks to mobile tech.
Mobile Tech Facilitates Remote Closings
While closings used to require everyone’s presence to sign documentation in person, it is now the easiest part of the property buying process thanks to mobile apps and the signed, notarized power of attorney a client can give their broker. Even if you’re in Argentina, for example, and purchasing a property in Miami, it can all be done electronically. Finding a financing company that knows the ropes when it comes to purchasing property abroad as an international buyer is key; they will help navigate you through all the red tape and proper protocols to do so properly and in a way that is beneficial to the buyer.