Welcome to the New HBRinfo.com
Posted by Jessica Cashman — April 23, 2012
Harbor Bay Realty’s new site takes the buyer and seller online experience to a new level. Intuitive features allow users to easily browse listings, photos, virtual tours, open homes, rental listings, agents, place maintenance inquiries, property management, neighborhood & community information, set listing search e-mail alerts, and much more while also providing the staff with technology integration that allows them to be more effective in their daily operations.
Some useful platform highlights include:
- Real estate market reports featuring data and trends derived from live MLS (Multiple Listing Service) data and displayed in a way users can understand at a quick glance. Reports are provided at the city level, which makes them more useful than typical county-level views.
- IDX-enabled search pages allow clients to receive the same level of access to raw listing data displaying thousands of properties, which was once reserved for real estate agents and brokers only.
- Property searches that advertise listings through a "gallery" view that enables the user to view large photos in the search results display.
- Explore the surrounding areas of specific properties with a map-based tool that enables users to view and search for properties by amenities in the area of their home search - businesses, places of worship, recreational facilities and more - in order to understand what it is like to live in a place.
“The internet is changing how our clients are purchasing homes. It is often the first place homebuyers look when beginning their home search,” remarked Dennis Pagones, President of Harbor Bay Realty. “By utilizing HBRinfo.com, buyers and sellers can approach the buying and selling process at their convenience even by their mobile device.”
According to a study commissioned by the California Association of REALTORS® (CAR), buyers using the Internet invest significant time investigating the market and financing options before contacting a real estate agent. 49% think the Internet helped them better understand the purchase process, 92% use the Internet much like a screening process to narrow choices, and 78% of Internet buyers find their real estate agent on the Internet. These numbers will continue to increase, as the Internet expands its reach to new users at a record pace.
For nearly 30 years, Harbor Bay Realty has served the residential and commercial real estate needs of Alameda and the East Bay. The significant amount of client service, experience and professionalism of its distinguished REALTORS® cannot be matched. Harbor Bay Realty remains the Real Estate Leader in Alameda, with nearly a 40 percent market share of listings sold.
In addition to Harbor Bay Realty’s central goal in assisting homeowners and investors alike in selecting the right properties, it also has the bonus of accessing each transaction on HBRinfo.com through our secure real estate transaction management system. Parties in the transaction (buyer, seller, real estate agent, lender, attorney, appraiser and title company) have secure access to transaction information online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any PC with Internet access. This helps to ensure a smooth and timely closing.
A purchase is often the largest investment one makes. Today, with seller disclosures, financing options and new laws and regulations, buying and selling is more complicated than ever. According to Dennis Pagones, “Harbor Bay Realty’s goal is to be there for our clients’ real estate needs each step of the way. Our website is a tool that we are proud to offer buyers, sellers and renters. It’s comprehensive, yet simple to navigate. Log on to HBRinfo.com and get to know us.”