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Virtual House Hunting

The buzz word virtual is attached to everything today. Virtual learning, virtual meetings, virtual shopping and now virtual house hunting. Sure, there are a few things that you really can’t do virtually but with the Coronavirus pandemic, people have figured out unique ways to adapt almost any situation and searching for a new home is no different. Here are some ways you can expect to search for a new home with virtual tools.

Virtual tours are common to find on homes for sale but have seen significant updates in recent years. It is now common in many price ranges to find 3D tours that incorporate a floor plan of the house with photos and walk you through the home step by step. These tours allow you to feel like you are walking through the home from the comfort of your computer or smartphone. While a tour like this may not make you 100% sure the home is for you, if you don’t like the 3D tour, you will likely be able to eliminate the home from consideration and not need to see it in person.

Another issue with home searches now is that you may be moving to a new area but unable to travel. Once you have viewed any tours available for the properties you are interested in and narrowed down the search to your top choices, your agent can schedule appointments to view the properties and connect with you over Facetime or Skype to allow you to walk through the property with them. Since your connection will be live, you can ask questions and the agent can go through the home at your own pace and show you any area you want to see. This is a great option if you are unable or uncomfortable with viewing the home in person at this time.

Working with an agent who is familiar with the latest technology will make it easier for you to purchase a home at this time. After you select a home you would like to make an offer on, I will prepare the contract and send to you for electronic signatures so there is no risk during signing. While the property is under contract, the home inspection will still need to take place but the inspector can share information with you after the inspection so you can review any issues.

If you have purchased a home before, this may be a little different than your last experience, but it doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. I will work with you each step of the way to make sure you are comfortable and understand everything that is going on and are ready to move forward. For additional information on purchasing a home or the home buying process, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels

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What to Expect if You are Selling Your Home Virtually

In this day and time, as we limit our in-person contact, selling your home presents some unique challenges. Your agent will need access to your home and buyers that are searching for a new home will need to view your home to determine if they like it or not. Technology has made this easier than ever so there are some unique ways to make all of this easier. Here is what you can expect if you are selling your home during this virtual time.

Start with the agent accessing your home. For first meetings, consider handling them over the phone. When it comes time for the agent to view the home, you could use Facetime or Skype to show them your home or have them come in person while wearing a mask and gloves to do their walk through. During the walk through, you can stay on opposite sides of the rooms you are in and then continue your conversation outside after they have seen the inside of your home. To prepare your home to be shown on the Internet, a photographer will need access to your home, but they can use the same precautions as your agent to limit contact by social distancing and wearing protective equipment.

One way for buyers to get a good sense of your home is by accessing a virtual tour. These tours come in many different formats and allow the buyer to see many photos of your home and in some cases walk buyers through your home as they view the photos, so they understand the layout. While these options may not give them the confidence to make an offer, they will allow many buyers to eliminate the house or determine that is likely to be a good fit. Having these virtual options available to buyers will decrease the number of buyers that need to see your home in person.

For buyers that are still not quite sure, an agent could visit the home and show it to them via FaceTime or Skype so there are fewer people in your home. Assuming the buyer likes everything they have seen about your home online, they can then schedule an in person visit to your home where they will wear masks and gloves and limit touching of surfaces. You should leave doors to all rooms and closets open and all lights on, so they don’t have to touch those surfaces while in your home.

After you successfully negotiate a contract on your home, which can be signed electronically, expect closing to look a little different. In recent years, home closings have been attended by many people including the buyer and seller, real estate agents from both sides, mortgage lenders and the closing agent. These days are over. Expect the buyer and seller to sign documents separately and only the closing agent to be present. This will allow you to limit your contact to as few people as possible while still accomplishing all of the necessary requirements for selling your home.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about selling your home, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

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