According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 95 percent of consumers start their home searches on the Internet, using websites like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin and Realtor.com.
Beware! A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Insomnia with an Internet connection while house-hunting can be hazardous to you and loved ones.
These online house-hunting websites simply cannot replace working with a licensed, qualified real estate professional. There is no substitute for experience or success.
A doctor client told me about 15 years ago he used to give his patients 20 minutes per visit to thoroughly review their health situations and recommend proper treatment. He now spends twice as much time and gets less done. Time is wasted to correct misperceptions his patients have gleaned from WebMD, one of the self-diagnosis medical websites. He spends the first half of the appointment talking them out of hypochondria and correcting misinformation that was too readily available in the Internet. Whom can we trust if not the licensed expert with rigorous education, history and training?
Fifteen years later, my Dr. Client is contemplating retirement, only because his professional opinion is so easily dismissed and he’s tired of fighting the same battles with each patient rather than giving them an accurate and efficient diagnosis. His visit with a patient has become a debate between an amateur and an expert.
(When visiting your primary care physician, when did it become a good idea to argue? To me, it feels like deliberately offending the server in the restaurant, hoping there are no witnesses when it is time to spit in the food).
Do we believe everything we see on the Internet? Sadly, the answer is too often “yes.” The only good news is that all mistakes I witness are fodder for my book. Yes, I am writing a book. This blog comes from the events that are too important to miss.
Owning a smart phone does not make one smart. Internet facts are not always about truth. Why are people proud of their amateur status when there are local professionals to guide you through the home-buying process? Is there anything that one buys that is more expensive than the home? Really, beyond health and relationships, what could matter more? Why risk doing it badly?
There is peril when one refuses to learn from mistakes. Wouldn’t it be cool if there were an expert available who has been down this road before? How much fun can the home buying process be? Why go through life remembered as the “bad example” when people recall any horror stories about buying or selling a home?
Do you have a horror story? Email me and maybe I will include the experiences that happened to “this friend of yours” because I am sure nothing bad ever happened to you. Respond to Will@WillWebberhomes.com, or call 302-368-5400 and share your experience.