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Technology Powers the Home Buying Process

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 27, 2020

 

The home buying process has evolved significantly over the last twenty years. What used to be a totally in-person business is now increasingly taking place online. If you’re shopping for a home but prefer a tech-enabled journey to a physical one, here are five tips you can use to buy a house using online tools:

 

Efficient Scheduling & Information

Right now with recent events, Legacy Homes schedules private tours guided by licensed realtors that allow you to pick the best time for your tour. All you need to do is sign up using our Calend.ly link!

 

If you’re not quite ready for a tour, we have a plethora of information on our houses available on the website. We are available for any questions via email and Facebook, a technological reality that’s really not that old!

Empowering Internet-Based Research

The internet has made it easier for everyday people to carry out research from the comfort of their desk, couch, or bed. That means it’s easier to approach purchasing real estate or buying a house for the first time from an informed perspective than ever before.

 

If you’re looking to purchase a brand new home in a great community where you’d be the first resident, you can use the Legacy Homes site to view available floor plans, new houses just hitting the market, and model homes that help you get a sense of some of Alabama’s fastest growing communities.

 

If you’re satisfied shopping for an existing home, sites like Zillow, Realtor.com, Trulia, and HomeFinder, you can search homes in your desired area to get a sense of the market, refine your understanding of what you’re looking for, and discover homes or neighborhoods for further scouting and follow-up.

 

Many of our customers are looking for a new home, one that they alone can call their own. We strive to create content and resources to help our business rank well when it comes to home builders in our area.

 

One-Click Connections with a Realtor

Partnering with the right buyer’s agent and knowing your potential seller was working with a trustworthy professional used to require connections and a wealth of local knowledge. It used to be that if you didn’t “know someone,” it felt like you were going into the negotiating process with no support.

 

Now, however, it’s easier than ever to connect with a licensed realtor online. Nearly every local realtor has a site where you can express interest in properties they’re representing or schedule a time for an exploratory phone call. If you’ve spent hours on home finder sites and aren’t sure what to do next, find an agent in your area and schedule an exploratory phone call to see if they can represent you and assist in your journey.

Virtual Tours for Home Buyers

People used to drive hours – even days – to tour prospective new homes, but that travel no longer needs to be part of the home buying process thanks to virtual touring.

 

A virtual tour allows you to “walk through” the inside of a home (just like you would do in person) through the internet. 360-degree cameras capture every nook and cranny of the house, so there’s no way to hide damage or cherry pick flattering angles. That means you can get a feel for each individual room and determine whether the home fits your need without ever setting foot in it. Check out one of our virtual tours here!

Apply for your Mortgage Online

Okay, so you’ve researched homes in your area, found a few you liked, and connected with a realtor who hooked you up with virtual tours of each option. You’ve gotten all the information you need to identify the perfect home for you without even going outside. What’s left? The money, of course.

 

Getting a home loan quickly used to require knowing someone at the bank or having impeccable, well-documented credit. Now, you can use the internet to find a lender in minutes and get a quote faster than ever.

 

Our Legacy Homes team has eliminated a lot of that online legwork, preselecting a list of great area lenders that you can use to connect with a mortgage to buy the house of your dreams.

App-Enabled Remote Closing

If you’ve ever been to a closing, you know they’re not fun. Sure, someone’s about to become a new homeowner, but it’s mostly hours of pushing papers across a table and lawyers running in and out of the room. Thankfully, technology is starting to make that better!

 

Thanks to online banking, signature capture, and conferencing technology, it’s no longer necessary to even be in the same state as your house or lawyer during your closing. That makes life much easier for people who are relocating significantly or want to be able to focus on their move rather than formalities.

 

The Future!

As you can see, it’s now possible to manage the entire home buyer’s journey and discover, negotiate, and pay for the home of your dreams online. If you think shopping for a house is still a bunch of in-person running around, you don’t know what’s possible in the 2020s!

 

Technology will continue to improve this process. At Legacy Homes, we strive to be on the cutting edge. Feel free to try out our scheduling software via Calend.ly and tour a home today!

Why 2020 is the Best Year to Build In or Around Huntsville

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 21, 2020

Huntsville, Alabama has always been a great place to live. The thriving aerospace and engineering businesses in the area make Huntsville and the surrounding towns some of America’s most desirable and affordable bedroom communities.

 

As we enter the 2020, Huntsville is experiencing a new wave of growth. The population is booming, and major employers are opening new campuses, bringing even more great jobs to the area.

 

If you’re someone looking to build a house this year, there’s really nowhere better than Huntsville!

 

2020 is Huntsville’s Year!

New Buildings Downtown

2019 saw a great deal of construction in Huntsville’s downtown area, as older buildings were knocked down and new ones began to sprout up. Many of those new hotels and businesses are scheduled to open in 2020, bringing high-end accommodations and shopping and continuing the process of urban renewal.

 

Several parking structures will also be added in 2020, simplifying life for commuters, residents, and tourists alike. With these improvements, downtown Huntsville is quickly growing into a business district that rivals any of America’s great cities.

The Trash Pandas’ Inaugural Season

Minor league baseball has been a tradition across rural America for over a century, but Huntsville is finally getting the chance to put its own local spin on the national pastime in 2020.

 

The Rocket City Trash Pandas will play their first game at brand new Toyota Field this April, creating a unique hub of city pride and a new way for community members of all ages to gather together in a positive way. The team’s mascot, Sprocket, is an energetic racoon stuck in a trash can, which gives you a sense of what a fun experience the team is hoping to create!

 

The New Mars Music Hall

Huntsville’s Von Braun Center already has a historic reputation as a sports arena, concert venue, and event center, but the addition of the Mars Music Hall, a 1,500 person-capacity venue opening within the VBC has music fans in the area buzzing.

 

The Mars Music Hall will create an intimate new space for the performing arts in downtown Huntsville. Their 2020 event calendar is already packed with performances from a wide variety of musical artists, including Riley Green, Machine Head, and Alter Bridge, and comedy from the likes of and Tig Notaro and Bert Kreischer.

Why Build a House In or Around Huntsville Instead of Buying?

With Huntsville growing into one of the South’s most thriving urban centers and major employers moving in soon, the area’s real estate business has become among the busiest and most rapidly developing in the country. That means that, over the last few years, a lot of the most desirable houses in the area have been sold to people who are looking to stay in the area for the foreseeable future

 

Even though those prime existing houses are spoken for, new construction offers you the ability to get a great house in the Huntsville area without having to compromise or settle for anything less than the house of your dreams. In fact, the lower costs of undeveloped property in the sounding towns mean that you can build a house to your exact specifications for significantly less than the price of a starter home in comparable job markets, like the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, Boston, etc.

 

When you build, you also significantly improve the value of your property, which means that, as Huntsville continues to grow and develop, you’ll be in a position of power and holding an asset whose value will only increase over time. That’s why decision to build a new house in the Huntsville area is not just a great way to get a home in the area, it’s a strong investment for you family’s future.