When it comes to purchasing a home, consumers nowadays are looking for a real estate company that provides an easy-to-manage real estate package including title, mortgage and home warranty.

When it comes to purchasing a home, consumers nowadays are looking for a real estate company that provides an easy-to-manage real estate package including title, mortgage and home warranty.

Time is money, and we all know what a vital commodity that is right now. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Americans spend an average of 8.7 hours participating in work-related activities each day. That doesn't leave much time for taking the kids to sporting practice, grocery shopping, keeping up on home maintenance, exercising, stopping at the drycleaner and everything else that occupies the hours in a day.

Today's progressive real estate companies are beginning to realize the importance of one-stop shopping when it comes to a home transaction. If you go to a bank to open an account, sign up for a credit card and take out a loan, do they send you to three different contacts at three different locations? No. And you should be able buy/sell your home and settle all your mortgage, title and home warranty needs through one real estate company.

Statistics show that consumers who employ a one-stop shopping real estate company for their real estate needs tend to have a better home-buying experience. In fact, a January 2008 survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that future home buyers indicated strong interest and considerable fulfillment in one-stop shopping. The NAR reports that one-stop shoppers are more satisfied. Those who used one-stop shopping scored 8.3 out of 10 vs. 7.6 for those who didn't.

Some real estate companies send you from location to location, meeting different mortgage, title and home warranty representatives. Progressive real estate corporations are trending away from this and are giving you the opportunity to accomplish everything through one company.

In the January 2008 survey, the NAR also shows that those who one-stop shopped with mortgage were 44 percent more likely to be completely satisfied. Mortgage is an important part of the home transaction.

You want a company who can match your individual financial situation with the right product for you. That's why Real Living Mortgage is affiliated with Wells Fargo -- the nation's leading retail mortgage lender. We want the best for our consumers and their mortgage needs, but we want the process to be as simple and streamlined as possible.

The same thing goes for Real Living Title. It's affiliated with Chicago Title, and there's a title representative in every Real Living HER office in central Ohio.

Finally, there's home warranty. Look for a real estate company that provides a great warranty for your home mechanicals.

Finding the home of your dreams takes up enough time, so find a real estate company that will handle all parts of the transaction under one roof.

For more information on how you can access all your core services from one great company, check out Real Living and contact an agent today.

Harley E. Rouda Jr. is the CEO of Real Living, one of the nation's fastest-growing real estate companies.