Poll results: Buying a home from online listings?
The majority of Yourhomers would not be interested in buying a home through an online listing service such as craigslist or Kijiji, according to last week's poll results.
I find this question, which came from a comment on my home hunting adventure, very interesting. While I am willing to embrace new technology for a lot of things, including Twittering with my real estate agent (he's @RealEstateSimon, I'm @jenspeedy), I'm very wary when it comes to making a home purchase in this way.
Mr. Speedy and I wouldn't feel very comfortable setting up showings based on a free listing, or visiting the locations. And, after some of the gems we've seen from reliable sources, can you really blame us? Online ads make me question whether the house is really for sale and whether the showings were set up by the person who actually lives there. Worse yet, I'd worry about falling prey to a hoax and getting set to purchase a home from an identity thief.
And 63 per cent of the voters seem to share my fear, saying they would not buy a home in this way. Twenty-one per cent said they might buy a home in this way. Eight per cent said they would go to free online listings when on the home hunt. The remaining eight per cent said they didn't know.
Next week's poll returns to the world of decor, asking, "Would you be willing to turn over your house to a reality TV host?" One Markham couple did, and they're not totally happy with the results.