Real Estate Round Table: Google Glass

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We just can’t keep up, can we?

Game-changing technologies are constantly affecting the way we do business. Real estate is no exception. One of the newest gizmos on the scene is Google Glass.

Google Glass is an incredibly responsive “wearable computer.” Worn like traditional glasses, Google Glass features a tiny video screen in front of the right eye. With a simple finger swipe or voice command, users are able to:

  • Take pictures
  • Record video
  • Make a video call (via the Google Hangout feature)
  • Make a phone call
  • Get directions
  • Read texts, emails, news, Facebook updates and tweets

“Imagine hosting a live, virtual open house for a long-distance buyer through Google Glass,” said Sarah Hill, Google Glass Explorer and Chief Digital Storyteller for Veterans United Home Loans. “More than any other video device, Glass gives viewers the sense they’re right there with you. What better way for potential buyers to get a feel for a home?”

Real estate sites Trulia and Zillow agree with Hill. Both companies are currently developing apps for Google Glass. Trulia’s Glass app will alert wearers to nearby for-sale properties, and prompt an instant call to the listing agent.

How will technologies like Google Glass affect the real estate industry? Will Google Glass become as essential as a smartphone? Will “Glassware” (Google Glass apps) streamline communication between agents and clients?

Sarah Hill and her guests will tackle these questions and more in the first installation of “Real Estate Roundtable” Google+ Hangouts. Join Hill, real estate writer Jessi Hall, social media optimization specialist Joshua Berg, Tulsa REALTOR®Lori Cain, San Diego REALTOR® Amy Ruiz and Jacksonville REALTOR® Melissa Marro on the Veterans United Google+ profile on Wednesday, July 24 at 1 p.m. CST.