Making the decision to buy a house, evaluate the possibility of renting an apartment or thinking of migrating from a big city neighborhood to the suburbs can become the start line of a long obstacle course. But the shortcut is within a click: Internet offers an extensive menu of sites for people looking for a new home without the supplement of the newspaper classified under your arm. “Where do I move? How did you search the web for a department with good benefits?” are some questions that arise today in any chat with friends, relatives or neighbors and that online classified sites try to respond.
The Internet offers a large number of visual resources that allow the first approximation to the property. Through some property-related sites, users can make the most diverse combinations until they find the property they are looking for, as well as help visitors from the configuration of different alarms so that if a new property appears that matches with their interests, the users will be automatically notified. The search can be segmented through dozens of filters to find the options that best suit the interested party. The more information a person has at the disposal of a certain property, the better and faster the decision will be. Everything is needed to help in choosing: more photos and videos, and also descriptions of general data but also details.
Internet classified sites differ in the costs to publish the notice. In some cases, it is free and in others, payment. But in general, you can even bid on your property from your mobile device. Many follow the model of Craigslist, a popular free online classifieds service, while others are part of an auction platform, eBay or “Hudson and Marshall” style, which complement their services with a section with ads at no charge or with an additional cost to highlight the publication of the property. On some sites, the price depends on the type of exposure, duration of the notice and the number of images to highlight the property. It also has a free option but limited to an annual publication whose notice will only be available on the site for 14 or 15 days for example.
The traditional auctions in which the item to be sold is taken out, bid by a show of hands and awarded with a hammer blow still exist, but online bidding is gaining more and more ground. Some global surveys calculate that in the US the purchase of items in this way has doubled so far this year. The auction houses take advantage of it. The possibility of participating in one from home has diversified the public. Broadly speaking, there are two types of online auction platforms according to their origin: the new ones specialized in the digital market and the classic ones that have been reconverted. The advantage for the buyer is clear: it is more convenient to do it from home than to go to the auction site on a specific day and time.