When it comes to real estate, what we currently know or believe to be true is always changing. Much like many other industries, technology and the internet have really changed the way that real estate work. In the past, realtors have their offices, and tenants or buyers would do business directly with the agent in their physical store. That has since processed to an online transaction, often with only the final ‘sign on the dotted line’ part being done in person. Sometimes, that can even be carried out online, and it’s sure not to stop there. And it’s all very much the same when it comes to the current real estate climate and property trends too.
As you start to think about the ever-changing real estate market, you’ll notice that we experience ups and downs, booms and busts. And that’s certainly always going to be the case. But instead of the financial pros or the big guns across a range of industries being in control, that’s likely to change too. As technology and the internet make so much more possible, and citizens get so much control over their own lives, it’s only natural that we’ll see big changes in the climate going forward too.
And in terms of real estate, property, and interiors trends, we’ve already seen vast technological influences in these areas in terms of ‘smart homes’ and so much more. But is this all? Or will we see many more changes in the future? Well, let’s take a look at what real estate looks like in the modern world and how it might likely look in the future.
What We Expect
Right now, so many of us choose to invest in real estate. It’s still a very viable way to spend your money and get a great return. But a lot of the time, we’re at the mercy of the market, developers, or even realtors themselves. But will this always be the case? Should our expectations change? As technology increases, it’s likely that we’ll begin to expect to get more from our investments, due to a change in the way that you choose to invest, a change in fee-structure, and even how much earning potential there may be.
An Increase In Technology Use
We’ve already seen such a huge influx of technology into the industry, and this will certainly continue to increase. The shift we’ve seen from an entirely realtor centric experience to more of an online usage is likely to keep growing in the same direction. So let’s take a look at that a little more closely.
Our Involvement Levels
We no longer need realtors to show us properties, we can find them ourselves. So it’s only natural to expect our involvement levels to continue to increase. When you look at what blockchain technologies can offer, with setups like i-house.com, this certainly appears to be the future. The way that we buy and sell real estate is going to change, drastically. Deciding to buy, lease, or invest in real estate doesn’t have to happen how it does now. It can and will become a purely digital experience that we control ourselves.
What This Means For Realtors
So if our expectations are changing, technology is allowing us to have more control, and we’re definitely more involved in the real estate process than ever before, what does this mean for realtors? Well, there’s an argument that some people will always need a realtor as thebalance.com debates, but they won’t always be a necessary part of the chain – certainly not how they have been in the past. Skilled and specialist realtors that source homes for their clients will probably always have a demand, because not everyone wants to take care of their real estate affairs themselves. But it is likely that we will see a shift from having to hiring one to wanting to hire one.
Changes In Costs
And, of course, this is going to affect the way that we pay for our real estate. But don’t expect that to mean that being more self-involved will make things cheaper. Of course, if you’re great with negotiations and you know when you buy at a low price and sell at the right time, you’ll always be financially better off. However, even with realtors potentially out of the picture, you’ll still face fees. Remember, nothing in life comes for free. But, the shift has the potential to give us so much more control over the real estate exchange.
When we look at the current market and see what changes are expected to take place, internationalization is a huge topic. Of course, the industry is still growing and will continue to do so at a pacey rate, and as pwc.com predict, we’ll see an expansion of dominant cities around the world, and the emerging markets will see most of the development activity around the world. SO if you’re considering real estate investments, there’s a safe argument to suggest that overseas investments are worth considering.
The Changes In Property Trends
But we’re not just looking at the market climate here. In fact, there’s likely to be changes around the way that we live, as a huge step on from what we see now. We’re already integrating a lot of technology into our lifestyle choices and the way that we enjoy our houses or setup our businesses premises, and that’s likely to continue growing. So much so, that the usual interior design trends that we’re used to seeing are also likely to change. We may see a shift from colors, designers, or materials over to technologies and installments too.
When you consider the real estate market as it is today, and you consider the way our actions and attitudes have shifted in the last twenty years alone, you can see where we’re going. Technology and the internet are both making so much more possible for us, both in a cost-effective way and as a lifestyle benefit.