Owners.com, an online brokerage firm, has released the results of a survey regarding confidence in the property-buying process and in using the Internet to find and make real estate purchases. The company asked 1,000 potential new buyers a number of questions that, when analyzed, shows that consumers are fairly confident that they understand how to purchase a home and are more self-reliant.
Out of those who responded, 69 percent stated that they would rate their knowledge of the home-buying process as either an A or a B, showing that they are quite confident in their understanding of the market and of the mortgage process.
Several questions asked participants about using the Internet in their search for a property. A total of 73 percent stated that they would use the Internet to search for homes, while 53 percent said they would book property tours online. Another 43 percent said they would use online financing products, while 27 percent would actually make an offer online.
Homebuyers are also looking for more technologically advanced homes with luxuries. Almost 30 percent said they wanted a smart kitchen, while another 19 stated they would prefer a property with a spa bathroom. About a third (33 percent) want to move up to a nicer house, while 25 percent are looking to invest in real estate. Finally, another 24 percent have stated that they would consider relocating.
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