Category Archives: Real Estate Technology

How did we look for homes before the Internet?

The Power of the Internet in Real Estate

The answer to that question is the good old fashion way meaning a lot of driving around and looking.  Not that it is a bad thing, but in today’s world it’s nice to have that search narrowed down to say 3 homes before you get to the driving around and looking part.  Today’s stats say that the Internet is the first stop computerfor homebuyers.  “According to a study from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 84 percent of all buyers identified the internet as a source in their home search including 87 percent of first-time buyers, 82 percent of repeat buyers, 79 percent of new home buyers and 85 percent of buyers of previously owned homes.” Wow those are some staggering stats! Read a lot more great information from an Economist’s Danielle Hale’s article from the NAR site. When you read stats like that you truly do wonder what we did in the real estate world before the Internet.

Raleigh and The Triangle’s Real Estate Internet Resource

When I decided to leave new homes sales for general brokerage it was information and stats like the above that made me realize I wanted to offer my clients all the tools they needed to utilize the power of the Internet in their home search!  I am confident that my Live In Raleigh website has done just that!  Let me walk you through some of the many resources on my Live In Raleigh website that will make your home search an easy one.

  • My online property search lets you search the entire Triangle MLS database 24 hours a day/7 days a week!  Search by city, neighborhood, price, square footage, bedrooms, zip code or even a specific street.  This online property search tool is your home base for all your internet search needs!
  • My monthly mortgage calculator lets you estimate what your monthly payments would be.  This a great tool to give you some guidance on where your home search price point needs to be.
  • I have narrowed down some popular featured neighborhoods that will give you some detailed information on some of the Triangle’s best neighborhoods.  From pictures, videos, directions and information to all the available listings for that specific neighborhood (see my Bedford Falls River example) my featured neighborhood section is the next best thing to actually be walking the streets!
  • The last internet search tool I will point out is my featured listings section.  This gives you easy and quick access to all the information and pictures on my featured listings.

I Look Forward To Helping You

If you browse my Live In Raleigh website you will see lots more great features and tools that are at your fingertips any time of day.  I know that your home search is very important and I hope that you will find my website and all of its tools very helpful and easy to use.  If there is something you would like to see added that will help your home search online please let me know and my technology team and I will be sure to look into it.

At the end of the day the internet is a very powerful and helpful tool to start your home search but nothing beats that personal service that I love providing.  I always recomend to my clients that they start their search online, narrow down their home choices and then we will get to the fun stuff of viewing houses in person and we will find that next perfect home for you and your family!

Contact me if you find a home that you would like to see or if you would like to meet with me about listing your home and becoming a featured listing for the world to see 24/7!

See you online and in person!

– Walking With You Every Step of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Twitter Is My Raleigh Real Estate Friend and Here Is Why!

Twitter Is Everywhere It Seams

Unless you live under a rock you are already using it, have spoken to someone using it, seen it on your local news telecast or heard it on a sports radio show – I am talking about Twitter.  I too am on Twitter or are Tweeting as who knows what the right terminology is but I think it is great and have totally embraced it.  Yes it consists of a whole lot of talking and not a lot of listening but if you go Tweeting with a plan then it should be and can be a productive tool for you and your business!

Follow Live In Raleigh On Twitter

Check out my Twitter page at as feel free to follow me as I look forward to following you as well.

Why Did I Get Into Twitter

  • Great learning tool – it is amazing how much you can learn, how many good links & resources can be recommended and how much local information you can absorb in 140 characters or less.  If you follow the right people then Twitter can be a great source of quick but useful information.
  • Great networking tool – Whether it be with local Raleigh and the Triangle REALTORS or with REALTORS in other parts of the country, Twitter is a great way to network.  REALTORS rely on each other in almost every deal so having as many trusted sources in your network is never a bad thing!
  • Local Knowledge is Power – Real Estate is local and when you follow fellow Raleigh and Triangle Tweeters you will be in the know on so many local happenings – from events to sports, to business to even police reports (yes even the Raleigh police are on Twitter!) as the updates are fast, furious and many times local.
  • Technology Queen – In a place like Research Triangle Park technology is everywhere so I want to be in the know on the latest in technology, web services and social online networking and Twitter is the tool to do it.  Twitter not only helps me look savvy but helps me be savvy!
  • Promote – Twitter is another great way to promote my listingsmy neighborhoods and my services to Raleigh and the Triangle buyers, sellers and fellow REALTORS.  If 87% of real estate searches are done on the web these days then the web is where I want to be promoting!
  • Tweet Ups – Twitter has now brought the online networking offline in local networking events called Tweet Ups.  I have been to 1 local Triangle Tweet Up so far and it was great to meet how other people in a variety of industries are using Twitter.  I am looking forward to many more Tweet Ups and “in person” introductions!
  • Still learning – Okay Twitter is still pretty new and I don’t claim to be the expert.  I have learned a lot but I know I have a lot more to learn.  But that is the fun part as I am excited to be learning something new everyday – whether it be about Twitter or something I learned thanks to Twitter.  Remember I said knowledge is power and Twitter offers plenty of information!

Twitter may not be for everyone but if you have a plan and use it to your advantage it can be a great tool for your business – whatever business you may be in.  I for one love Twittering, Tweeting or whatever you call it!

Walking and Tweeting With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker