Buying houses virtually seems strange, but it’s beneficial in many ways.
With the pandemic comes many things we never thought we would do. Who would have thought we’d all be speaking to our grandparents on video chat? Another thing we never thought we’d do is buy homes virtually. Should you buy a house you’ve never stepped foot inside?
With the advancements in technology, we can do so much more virtually. This gives people moving to new locations more advantages. You can walk through a home with a Matterport tour—it’s like Google Street View inside a house. You can look up, down, turn corners, and see what the space feels like when walking through it.
This means people are getting more and more comfortable buying a property they’ve never seen in person. Ultimately, it’s up to you if you feel comfortable buying virtually. Know yourself; know whether you’ll be satisfied if the home feels a little differently than you expected.
“People are getting more and more comfortable buying a property they’ve never seen in person.”
The virtual movement is going to continue; we’ll be doing more and more things online. Think about how much easier it is to simply send a real estate agent out to look at houses for you, then you review the footage later. Then, maybe you’ll go see the few you liked best in person. Virtual showings are a massive benefit to buyers (and safer for sellers during a health crisis), and I think we should just lean into it…like Zooming with your grandparents.
If you’re in town, I still believe you should walk through the home before submitting a final offer, but if you can’t get there easily, it’s not worth thousands of dollars to travel to view houses in person when we can conveniently do it virtually.
Let me know if you have any other questions about buying virtually or real estate in general. I would love to help you.