Nashville MLS addiction. Time for an intervention?

photo for nashville mls addiction showing guy at computer late at nightYou wouldn’t think that real estate technology could be as addictive as one of those games like Candy Crush or Angry Birds – but don’t tell that to Money magazine. They analyzed the issue in depth, and they found that two-thirds of recent homebuyers said they were addicted to online listings!

Come to think of it, who hasn’t found themselves walking away from the computer, wondering what happened to the last two hours? You shouldn’t blame all that on the real estate-connected sites, because the Internet has a way of tearing you away from any responsibility by bombarding distractions at you, like the latest cat hijinks video

Don’t get me wrong: researching today’s Nashville real estate scene through the web can be very productive. It’s just difficult to refute that it’s also easy to become obsessed if you surrender to the siren’s call of immediately accessible, continually refreshed data.

Curiosity has to be to blame. When you leave an open paper bag on the floor, any cat (not a YouTube cat: I mean a real one) will jump inside to see what’s there. The same thing happens to someone who is in the search for a home in Nashville. Once they’ve watched the way the Nashville real estate listings get updated, they have a difficult time staying away, because something might have just changed. Better check! This could drive you insane.

If you are on the lookout for the Nashville home of your dreams, unlike what the cat experiences, every once in a while you’re rewarded. Discovering a new listing that meets your search criteria does feel a little like finding the toy in a Cracker Jack box…actually, a lot better than that, because Cracker Jack toys are frequently unfulfilling, while new listings are at least compelling.

The best approach to managing the addictive pull of the real estate online listings is to have me let you know as soon as a qualified property becomes available. That’s as easy as using my site’s Contact link. That way I can keep an eye on everything for you (and often come up with some extra insights, as well).

The whole advance of real estate technology has created a much more informed buying public – and a significantly more sophisticated marketplace. In one poll, nearly half of those asked said that using technology helped them save money. As many as 92% said it saved time. In the same survey, 90% reported “an overall positive experience” (but failed to reveal if that included any cat videos).

The next time you are ready to zero in on the Nashville or Franklin home of your dreams – or find yourself checking out the latest listings with an eye toward selling – do give me a call!