Discussions with in particular one demographic group can be fascinating. One such topic involves many apps, or applications on the current myriad of smartphones and tablet computers connected with high speed internet access wirelessly. They say, you real estate agents will all be gone by say the year 2020. Why? There will be an app for that. Not so fast Jason or Amanda there. While there are apps for better searching for properties, they do not realize real estate has gotten more COMPLICATED.
Each year, contracts get more involved, detailed, longer and new contracts. Mortgage programs change the rules, add/delete programs, and what about the resources of appraisers, inspectors, handymen, title companies, attorneys, federal regulations that change, it is far more complex than five or ten years ago. Going through the process involves tremendous PEOPLE skills. Something that is not in an app, with negotiating, phone follow-up, making appointments, opening doors, installing signs, even that 20th century leftover dinosaur the open house. While there ARE some companies bordering on deception with their radio advertisements of "getting rid of the hassle" and selling your home quickly, between the lines often their commissions may be double an agent commission and they do not offer the higher net sale proceeds a traditional agent does. Everything that glitters is not gold. Let the buyer beware.
Will there be a one push button APP that is in essence a VIRTUAL real estate agent, and do away with that occupation? I don't see it. It is too messy a process and too hands on a profession tying together all the people that you need to, to sell a house, or look for houses.