The internet vs. real estate: The truth is out there!

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 North Shore

With so much knowledge at our fingertips, why pay for a professional? The internet is a wealth of information. Most of us are connected to it all day!


“What is that actors name? I’ll google it…”


“Did you see what she posted on Facebook? Hold on, I’ll show you…”


“Can I afford this? Let me check my account… Heck, I even deposit checks through an app on my phone and now I can make purchases right through my phone!”


All this info can be great, and I do love having all of the info at my fingertips, but what about the info that we take as truth that may not be so black in white?


My husband’s grandmother was a wonderful woman, but whatever she read, she took as absolute truth -- Great for true stories, not so much for the weekly tabloids!


We have all had an ailment and thought, “Let me check out WebMD…” By the end of filling out what’s wrong, you had a terminal disease, then you freak yourself out and your symptoms get worse. By the time you see your doctor, who tells you that most of your symptoms are now stress induced, and the original symptom was a minor ailment that could be easily treated.


We have enough stress without adding to it. A real estate professional knows how to read between the lines. They have been through the process enough times to be able to tell you what actually happens versus what the Internet is trying to tell you. Real estate agents and brokers have a network that they can refer to you that can help to get you accurate answers from real life experience. They work for you!


There are many sites out there that will tell you what a property is worth, how much your mortgage will be and what the different loan terms are, but they aren’t right there seeing the property with you.


Real Estate is a puzzle made up of 100 tiny pieces and the Internet can not account for each piece that needs to be in place!


--Credit Score

--Money Down

--Debt to income ratio

--Interest rates



--Area Value

--Supply and demand

--Your specific needs



All of these things can not be generated by a computer. Real estate is a real experience -- one that requires real people!


To find out more, call a professional and see how they can help you to put the puzzle together!

Comments (4)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ari Taylor - this is so true.  Unfortunately, many of our customers think they are getting all the info they need by googling it.  It is up to us to educate them in a non-confrontational way when this comes up.  They need to learn to "google us"!!!

Dec 12, 2016 06:54 AM
Ari Taylor

I realized how, much online resources are like WebMd when a seller called freaking out about an FHA appraisal and that his house wouldn't pass-after I talked him down, i wrote this. Just got the appraisal back with no issue!

Dec 12, 2016 09:54 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Ahhh yes, and with hgtv every one is an expert right?  Great post!

Dec 12, 2016 07:21 AM
Ari Taylor

Thank you!

Dec 12, 2016 09:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The truth is in the Internet, and when that fails you can watch HGTV, check out Zillow and I almost forgot the Media who knows everything that is good for you and bad, and if they don't they have talking heads who fit the bill.  

Real estate is about relationships.  A

Dec 12, 2016 07:50 AM
Ari Taylor

Oh HGTV....that's always fun-"Why can't I buy one of those fixer uppers for $10,000, like on HGTV?" I actually had to remind that client, gently, that they were looking in Boston, not Texas and home values are not universal. It is all about relationships!

Dec 12, 2016 09:51 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Important advice Ari, when an important decision is to be made it is so important to seek the advice of a good professional.

Dec 13, 2016 11:34 PM

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