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Charlotte House Hunting Ain’t What It Used to Be

 
Everyone still calls active would-be Charlotte home buyers “house hunters.” The term hasn’t changed; the goal hasn’t, either—but today the activity it conjures up is very different from that it did just a short while ago.
For instance, for Charlotte house hunters whose last hunt was in, say,1990, their memory of “house hunting” is probably that of thumbing through stacks of black-and-white listing sheets provided by the real estate agent. Those may have been a little hard to read, especially if they’d been sent to their oh-so-slow home fax machine. If any of the sheets looked worth pursuing, the next step might have “beeping” the agent’s pager—whereupon the agent would have then contacted the seller’s agent (usually through their answering machine) to set up a showing. House hunting just a couple of decades ago was loaded with those new-fangled electronics—most of which can now be found only in boxes in the attic.
Today, when you say “Charlotte house hunting” it evokes a quite different set of activities. Technology has caused such an explosion in how accessible information is that the home buying process is virtually unrecognizable. As media commentator Dave Ramsey recalls, “Even up to 2005, a buyer would look through real ... more

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