After Brandon and Rebecca Chustz had their first baby in October, the couple decided it was time to buy their first house. The Dallas residents searched online at sites such as Trulia and Zillow to get an idea of which part of town they wanted to live in, then narrowed down their search by size and, more importantly, price.
They drove through prospective neighborhoods, surveyed the environment, and eventually settled in a house further from downtown than they previously lived. "We never had an agent through any part of the looking process, and we only physically stepped into one house," Brandon Chustz said. "We were able to find what fit us and tour every house that was a potential candidate online."
The mortgage rates available online were a big player in the Chustz's decision. The Chustz family isn't alone. According to a recent report by LendingTree.com, 21% of consumers use the Web to shop for their home loan. And John Walsh, president of lender/broker Total Mortgage Services, believes that percentage will increase in the coming year, illuminating an upward trend toward online mortgage processing.
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