Finally, Mrs. Tech and I have started the home-buying process down here in Atlanta – We’re
scary planners like that.
We hit up a college friend who has some realtor skills, and he took us to check out some houses this past weekend. In addition to the houses our realtor picked, Mrs. Tech also brought her iPad. You see, for the past couple of months, we’ve been using the Zillow App help us to figure out exactly where we want to start looking for a house, and to give us a general idea house prices in the area. So we had a nice list of “favorites” stored in our account.
Our plan was to check out the houses our realtor suggested, and cross examine that list against the houses on Zillow. Mrs. Tech’s iPad is WiFi-only, so I made sure to pack my HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE with the added mobile hotspot feature to help us find the perfect home.
There were times when the phone and the hotspot came in handy. If there was a relatively new address that our car navigation didn’t recognize, I was able to use the Google Navigation app to get directions. I’m assuming Google Maps stays more up-to-date than my car’s navigation system. (Which reminds me, I need to figure out exactly how to update that thing). Also, as we went from house to house, Mrs. Tech took notes on each house and added them to her iPad. I was shocked to learn that even when I left my phone in the car with the hotspot feature activated, Mrs. Tech was still able to access the web on her iPad while we were walking through a house.
In the end, the houses we saw were nice, but the “top-three” we saw all were missing that one thing that made it THE house. So we have to either to “settle”, our realtor called them “trade points” (features we are willing to live without), or step up the amount we are willing to pay to get all we want.
It’s pretty cool to know we can use technology to help us find our “home” in Georgia
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