Is Virtual the New Reality?
We have been living in strange times lately. From having game nights and “happy hours” with friends and family over video chats to having your groceries delivered to your car, technology has been playing a bigger role then ever in our lives these past couple of months.
So is real estate following suit? We have been shifting more and more to a digital environment over the last several years. The coronavirus pandemic has simply made virtual home buying and selling options that much more essential. Below are some of those options available to you to help keep your family safe.
- Virtual Consulting — It’s important for us to meet with you at the beginning of your selling process to get a better understanding of who you are, what your needs are, and how we can best meet those needs. With technology, we can do this virtually, whether it’s a Zoom call, FaceTime, Skype, or any other platform. You can also “walk” us around your home to give us an initial look at the layout and features.
- Electronic Signings — Listing agreements, disclosures, and any other forms needing your signature can easily be sent electronically. Have a question about the documents you’re signing? Not a problem, we’re only a phone call (or video chat!) away! In addition, once your home is under contract, virtual closings and electronic signings of closing documents can be arranged with the title companies.
- Property Walk Throughs — While we can’t do this one virtually, we can take extra precautions to keep you and your family safe. This includes scheduling a time that is most convenient for you, limiting the viewings to as few people as possible, and taking all the necessary health and safety precautions.
- Professional Photographs — We use a professional photographer to ensure your home looks the best it possibly can to potential buyers (who may be viewing it purely online). In addition, we provide the option to have a 360° 3D Virtual Tour performed on your home. Check out the video below from our photographer, Mountain Ascent Media, for a better look. These options can help limit the number of people viewing your home in person.
- Virtual Consulting — It’s important for us to meet with you at the beginning of your home buying process in order to get to know you better and get a feel for what you’re looking for in your next home. Again, with technology, we can do this virtually—whether it’s a Zoom call, FaceTime, Skype, or any other platform.
- The Home Search — Nowadays, most people start their searches online anyways. We make it even easier for you by setting you up with your own property search, directly from the MLS and tailored to your specifications. You get real-time updates when new things are added to the market that match your criteria.
- Virtual Showings — More and more listings are providing virtual tours of the home. When this isn’t an option, we can do a virtual tour of the home for you using Zoom to personally “walk” you through the home. This keeps you safe and limits the traffic going through the seller’s home.
- Electronic Signing — Again, any document that needs to be signed during your home-buying process can be done electronically. From contracts and disclosures, to loan documents, and closing papers. And we’re always available to go over these forms with you line by line via a video or phone call.
- Earnest Money Delivery — While many buyers do this already, we recommend wiring your funds straight to title. No checks are exchanging hands and it ensures that all money is properly transferred to the title company.
- Mobile Closing — We can arrange for a mobile notary to come directly to your doorstep when your closing documents are ready to be signed.