There was an article in the New York Times yesterday regarding one couple's quest to find a home near New York City. The interesting part of the story was that it was basically all done online. The couple were in Kenya and learned that one was being transferred to NYC. So they did what a lot of buyers do: they went online and started looking.
The article stressed the importance of photographs and virtual tours of the property. These tools enable home buyers, such as the couple in the article, compare and evaluate properties. In the end, the couple picked a single family home in New Rochelle, a NYC suburb. Get this: they were particularly taken with an online photograph of the trees and bushes on the front lawn in full spring bloom. Said the wife, "It reminded us so much of Nairobi, which is very verdant, that we just fell in love with the place." Wow. Listing agents, make sure you get those photos in!!!!!!!!!!
See the article in its entirety at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/realestate/17wczo.html?ref=realestate