About 12 months ago, a group of designers and I were talking about some of the biggest stressors in life, and the conversation quickly shifted to home-buying. So we started to ask ourselves – how should home-buying work in an ideal world?

Or, to put it another way, what does a best case scenario buyer look like? Act like? Think like?

What if we could design a tool for real estate professionals that would turn every buyer into their best case scenario buyer? So we talked to hundreds of agents, and asked them to paint us a picture of how that kind of buyer would behave.

Here are the top 5 most repeated sentiments (and some of our favorite quotes):

#1. Educated

“Someone who understands some of the basics, so we spend our time together focused on optimizing decisions, not simply getting comfortable with the process (or if they should buy).”

#2. Organized

“I’ve had buyers not show up to closings because they thought it was the next day, or forget to buy homeowner’s insurance, in spite of my multiple reminders. I would love to help them get and stay organized without having that become my full-time job.”

#3. Empowered

“I love it when my buyers join their inspection and really ask questions about what the inspector is looking for and why. Or when they call out a lender for putting a junk fee on their GFE. Buyers who insist on being an active part of the process, not just going along for the ride.”

#4. Savvy

“I once had a buyer point out to me that if I asked the seller for a copy of his title insurance, she could get a discount on hers. It was embarrassing that she knew a trick I didn’t, but impressive.”

#5. Zen

“I’ve had to deal with marital fights, with crying, with bailing out at the last possible second. Everything around buying a home is stressful and I’ve born the brunt of that, even though the buyer is usually stressed at everyone other than me.”

So with that in mind, we designed Doorsteps, a shared online workspace that allows agents to guide their first-time homebuyers through the journey in a comprehensive but very human, very reassuring way.

Take a peak at our video, which gives a quick overview of the big idea:

Welcome to Doorsteps from Doorsteps on Vimeo.

And, some parts of the experience we’re particularly excited about:

#1. Intuitive Overview

Each buyer gets a clear overview of what they need to do, why, and how.

#2. Agent Dashboard

Meanwhile, the agent dashboard lets you have instant oversight of what every buyer is up to at all times.

#3. Completable Tasks

Your buyer can move through every step and see not only their task list, but a single, streamlined place to complete every one of them – from choosing a mortgage to hiring a moving company.

#4. Add Your Own Insider Tips

Agents can add their hard-earned tips and pointers specific to their market within each step.

#5. In-Context Messaging

Buyers can message you the second they have a question or get confused – and you’ll see instantly exactly where they got stuck.

#6. Rich Buyer Profile

Every step or input is fed into a rich buyer profile, so you always have their latest updates at your fingertips.

We just released a new version on Friday, June 29th, so please request an invite and take Doorsteps for a spin!

To hear more about Doorsteps, click here.

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