E-Commerce For Homebuyers
How the Digital Revolution is Changing the Home Buying Process
With companies like Amazon, E-bay, and Carvana, these days everything is moving towards a virtual experience. It didn’t always use to be that way though. Before the “easy button” buying something required you to get up, get dressed, drive to the store and deal with a salesperson. It was high pressure and in the end, you sometimes wondered if you got the best deal or not.
Today shopping online is more common, but this wasn’t always so. When Amazon first launched, they didn’t expect to make money for the first 5 years. Virtual shopping was a new concept, and they knew it. Consumers are creatures of habit – even if there is a new, better way. New ideas take time to catch on, especially when it comes to folks parting ways with their hard-earned money.
Times Have Changed
Nowadays, most folks are busy with work, and family, or just want to relax with whatever free time they have left. They expect a buying process to be streamlined, efficient and designed in a way that can be done within the comfort of their home. Old-school, high-pressure sales tactics are quickly becoming a thing of the past as consumers demand and deserve better.
Virtual stores created the ability for people to either buy what they already wanted at the click of a button or allow them to search for the best price on an item, hassle-free. In today’s market, convenience and comfort are the keys to earning someone’s business.
E-commerce has changed entire industries, and the home-buying experience is right there in the mix. Articles by the New York Times and The Washington Post have shown that stick-built homes are using this approach to cut costs and improve the home-buying experience. New technology now gives potential home buyers the ability to look at homes from a different city, state, or even country from the comfort of their couch.
Mobile Home Shopping, Done Virtually
Some companies in the factory-built housing industry, have begun to offer the same opportunity. While these companies still offer the traditional methods to physically see and feel the home in order to gauge the quality of the manufacturer, they also allow customers to walk through homes with VR goggles like those offered by companies like Merge VR. This allows these companies to showcase a wide variety of mobile home models without the expense of storing inventory. In turn, that allows potential home buyers to get a lower price on their new manufactured home.
Just like any new idea, this concept will take time to gain traction, but it’s already in motion! Virtual dealerships such as Braustin Homes have worked with a number of families entirely online and over the phone to help them save thousands of dollars on their brand-new manufactured homes. By using new technologies, they work with families to help them customize, build and deliver their new mobile home direct from the factory to their home site.
It’s All About You, the Consumer
Shopping today is in the consumers’ hands more so than ever before. Companies like Blockbuster have become relics of a past generation. The home buying process still has some archaic practices, but a brave few are dropping the stone axe and rock wheel in a way that allows them to better serve their clients by focusing on helping them instead of selling them.