Help Wanted: Crafting the Real Estate Experience of the Future

By on 1 June, 2015 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

question-markJust because we live and work in the older and historic parts of town, don’t assume that Sandra Nickel Hat Team, REALTORS, is stuck in the past. On the contrary, we spend a lot of time talking about the future and how to make buying and/or selling a house a more pleasurable and satisfying experience.

Think back to your most recent real estate experience. What about it went well, and what could have gone better?

What of all the services a REALTOR performs do you value the most highly?

What do REALTORS do that really bug you?

Have you ever thought about the fact that a dealership will allow you to test-drive a car—even take it home overnight on occasion—while you are expected to buy a house for thousands upon thousands of dollars more than your car yet cannot “test drive” the house? I had never thought of it either, until I found an article on that open my mind to such things. If you could test-drive a house, would that make your buying decision easier? What if the test drive were virtual rather than physical? Would that work for you?

If you are a Millenial and not yet a homeowner, do you look forward one day to buying a home of your own? Or are you gun-shy after the recession and its negative impact on homeowners’ equity?

Is your dream home the typical 3 bedroom 2 bath house with a yard? Or are you leaning to something less maintenance intensive and, perhaps, closer to the action of downtown?

If affordability is a challenge, would you consider buying a duplex; living in half; and renting out the other half to help you make the mortgage payment? If not, why not?

If you are an aging Baby Boomer, do you plan to live out your life in your current home? Or will you move to a retirement area? Or will you stay in the Montgomery area but move to an apartment or condo?

What can you not find in housing today that you think would make your life a lot easier and more fun?

These are just a few of the questions to which we seek answers. Please take the time time to comment, and I promise to do a follow-up post (or posts) outlining what we’ve learned.

And thanks in advance for helping us to craft the real estate experience of the future!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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