With the majority of Americans experiencing alterations in their daily routines, it was inevitable that the real estate industry was going to have to find ways to adapt and overcome in the short term.
And one of the ways it’s done just that is by promoting properties via the use of the internet, specifically by implementing modern technology so prospective home buyers can tour available homes from the comfort of their own living rooms.
This is done via virtual touring, which we’ve been featuring at the Oldfather Group for a few years now to great success. Visit theoldfathergroup.com to view the homes currently for sale in the coastal region, most of which have virtual tours available.
Though new home sales were up significantly in the first two months of the year across the country, the months of March, April and May are expected to reveal slowing sales as a result of the current economic and health climate in the United States.
But to combat this, at least in the short term, Zillow recently revealed a more than 190 percent uptick in virtual home tours over the last few weeks. And we feel this trend will continue for the rest of the spring.
So what are the advantages of virtual home tours? Well, there are several during any time of the year, but the benefits are being accentuated right now during the current challenges faces the country.
Let’s take a look at why virtual home tours are a positive for both buyers and sellers, along with examples of some of the Oldfather Group’s current VR Tours. Click on any image below to take the tour for that particular property.
They’re Convenient. One of the most difficult parts of selling a house is keeping it in pristine showing condition pretty much all the time. But with a virtual tour, you’re assured that the home is always being shown in its best possible light.
You can highlight certain features that you want prospective buyers to see, without the need to either clean yourself or hire a housekeeping service every time someone shows interest in the property.
They’re Realistic. When taking a virtual reality tour, it’s extremely easy to picture yourself walking through the home and potentially even living there.
And if you want to come back for a second look, all you have to do is call it back up on your screen and walk through again. And again and again and again if you like.
They’re Easy To Use. Several things in today’s high tech world require a good deal of technical expertise; real estate virtual tours is not one of them.
Touring homes virtually is as easy as hitting a “play” button and then pointing the mouse toward the area of the house you’d like to see more of. It’s an extremely user friendly experience that almost always receives high marks from both sellers and buyers.
They Save Time. Particularly if a home is located in a popular neighborhood and has dozens of showings scheduled, properties can be difficult to tour on short notice. But VR tours are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (or 366 days in 2020).
Virtual tours can be easily viewed on laptops or smartphones and, once toured online, those who are really interested can then call and schedule an in-person showing of the property.
They’re Interactive. Visitors to VR tours can view each room of the home, while zeroing in on details that interest them. So if they want to see a closeup of flooring tiles, or kitchen appliances or even light fixtures, they can do so rather effortlessly.
Virtual tours also have the added benefit of holding a person’s attention for longer than if they were simply reading text and looking at photographs. It’s the interactive aspect that draws their interest and keeps them engaged in the experience.
They’re Permanent Open Houses. Open houses aren’t held as often as they used to be, with the advent of the internet and other forms of technological advancements. But they do still play an important role in the selling process.
The problem is, they involve a lot of work on the part of the real estate agent. Duties include scheduling, staging and working long hours on the day of the actual open house.
Virtual real estate tours are like having your home open around the clock, without all the hassle.