Have you heard about QR codes? If you haven’t, you will soon. Ralph Lauren, Pepsi, Coke, and McDonalds have been using QR codes in their advertisements in Japan for years. But 2011 will be the year QR codes finally invade the U.S.
A QR (Quick Response) code is a 2 dimensional code that is readable by smart phones. You simply download a QR Reader APP on to your smart phone, point your phone at the QR code,and you’re redirected to a website containing information on the product or service. No more typing in long urls on your phone while hoping you don’t fat finger the wrong letters.
Will QR codes become popular? Think about these numbers for a moment … 93% of Americans own a mobile phone, 30% of those are smart phones, and by the end of 2011 smart phones are projected to increase to 42%. As we are a society on the go our mobile phones are being used for much more than just making phone calls. The QR code’s ability to simply and quickly provide us with additional information has it destined for popularity.
How will QR codes change Spring Texas real estate? One significant way is the ease at which buyers will be able to get information on homes for sale.
Picture this … You are driving around a Spring Texas subdivision and you see a house for sale that you think looks great from the curb. You wonder if the price of the home is in your budget and also if it has a game room. You could get out of your car and grab a brochure from the box because the price is probably listed on it and it may identify if the home has a game room.
But if the listing agent has a QR code on the yard sign, you don’t need to get out of your car. You point your smart phone at the QR code and you are redirected to a website with additional information and photos of the home. Cool? You bet!
Before you list your Spring Texas home for sale ask the Realtor® if he / she will be using QR codes. If the answer is no, call another Realtor®. If you don’t you could be missing out on potential buyers.
Give QR codes a try by pointing your phone at the QR code above.
Jill Wente was our realtor when we recently sold our home in Spring, TX. Jill's name was frequently seen... read moreJill Wente was our realtor when we recently sold our home in Spring, TX. Jill's name was frequently seen on for sale signs in our neighborhood and my wife decided that her research said Jill was who we should use.We met with Jill about one month before we were ready to list the property and Jill was very willing to speak with us and go through what she felt were the appropriate things that a home owner should be doing. She also had multiple home sales in the area and told us where she thought we should price our home. In addition Jill went through the entire home and gave us instructions on what needed to be done in order to make our home the most attractive. Before the home was put on the market, with a "coming soon" sign in the front yard, we had showing and offers. After the initial open house, we had 4 offers and selected one. The offers were at asking price or above. Unfortunately, the people who made the original offer we accepted, were not able to get their financing, but this didn't stop Jill. We kept the earnest money and relisted and immediately had 3 new listings, including the original family who opted out. After several discussions, we agreed to offer the home to the original family again, but included at Jill's recommendation very high earnest money requirements which the family accepted. The purchase went through and we set closing, moving out of our home to a new home near Austin, TX. Unfortunately during the move out, a leak developed in the laundry room and Jill found this. She immediately called us and we left everything in her capable hands as we were out of town. She contacted a plumber, had the pipe repaired, contacted a remediation company to dry the house, and another contractor to repaint the damaged areas. Jill also delayed the closing in order to get everything done. Jill was able to take a horrible experience and make everything right. She is the best realtor we have used and we have had at least 8 moves using 15 different realtors in the past. read less