Since open houses are not allowed in most states, real estate agents are trying to find a way to keep their business going. Thanks to technology, real estate owners are doing virtual tours so buyers can take a look at the house. “Some are making a video conference walking through the house, while others are taking 360-degree pictures” (Fuscaldo, 2020). 3D tours increased by 408% last month compared to February.
This is a good initiative from real estate owners and could help to sell or rent some properties; however, most of the people will still want to visit the house before buying. There is a simple reason for this, and it is that the person recording the video of the house could have hidden some space of the house that it is not in good condition. Also, you do not have the chance to see the neighborhood or other aspects of the house, like the closets or ceiling.
Some people already bought their house by virtual tour and there are positive and negative comments. One virtual homeowner stated that he has no regrets and that it wasn’t stressful at all (Miranda, 2020). On the other hand, others stated that after buying they realized that the neighborhood was really noisy, or that the house had a strange smell and it was because the ceiling had mold, which they did not see in the online virtual tour. As we can see, buying a house online has a risk, but if you are in a hurry or you feel confident, it is a good option and it could save you a lot of time and stress.
Fuscaldo, D. (2020, April 30). A New York real estate agent's advice for buying or selling a home during the coronavirus crisis. Retrieved from https://www.businessinsider.com/real-estate-agents-advice-for-buying-selling-home-during-coronavirus-2020-4
Miranda, L. (2020, April 9). House hunting in a pandemic: Virtual open houses and drive-thru closings. Retrieved from https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/house-hunting-pandemic-virtual-open-houses-drive-thru-closings-n1179436
Author: Sebastián Colla