He said: “It’s crazy.” “But we called FaceTime a few times, we did a home check and liked it very much. With the prevalence of coronavirus, everyone is easier.”
A survey conducted by Zillow in mid-May showed that buyers are increasingly reluctant to buy invisible houses, 36% of them said they would buy houses completely online, and 43% would sell houses in this way. Zillow said that because the pandemic limits travel and family viewing options, and more and more people are considering moving because they can now work remotely, this approach may become more common.
Now, more and more online business information aims to provide shoppers with a more comprehensive experience. Between February and early April, the number of virtual tours created on Zillow increased by nearly 600%. Business information for 3D tours has also attracted more interest. Compared with websites that did not visit 3D business information, April attracted 66% of visitors and 90% savings.
Advantages of virtual tour
Although buying things that international buyers often cannot see, this is not a common practice among typical buyers.
When not at home, Jeff and Janet Ralli stop watching In Ocean County, New Jersey, their neighbors have made progress online.
Their agent Nancy Phander performed a difficult 3D tour and video tour, and made an offer based on what they saw.
Jeff Larry said: “I don’t think there is any benefit to doing this work in the old way.”
He appreciates it, which is different from a quick visit to the house in person, and then one night, “Oh! I should look at that!” Unfortunately, whenever there is a problem, he can check the house online.
He said: “When you are on a family trip with a real estate agent, you will be eager to find a way. They don’t want to waste their time and will miss a lot of things.” “Through virtual visits, I looked over and over again. It’s almost like doing a house inspection.”
He checked the water heater and zoomed in to check the installation date of the stove. He spends time looking at the window, and the view can be seen from every room. He noticed the hardware of the cabinet and found debris in the molding.
He said: “It’s so easy and better.” “Before bidding, I never really knew what to buy.”
Buy your first home without without tires
Amanda Stone and her fiance, Scott Maraldo, were already eager to buy their first house before their lease increased rent. Then Covid-19 became more difficult.
A house in Howell, New Jersey attracted Stone’s attention online, so she went In March, the severity of the outbreak was approaching. Marado still received training in the National Guard in Georgia, so she clocked him on tour.
He said: “I know very well what she is talking about.” “Is it the same as at home? No, absolutely not. But this is not a difficult decision.”
They have watched it long enough to realize that it ticks all their boxes: at least three bedrooms, a swimming pool, a home office space. They made an offer, and because of his training, Maraldo entered a week of unmanned exchanges. When he came out, Stone told him they had signed.
However, once Maraldo returned to New Jersey to inspect the house, his first chance to see the house was frustrated. The day before, the governor issued a whole-house service order that they could not go.
She said: “In addition to not going to check, we also have to buy this house, this huge cost makes him even do not know what it is like.”
The first time he walked into the house was the day before closing.
She said: “This is not the way we expect to move into our first house.”
However, buying invisible things didn’t bother Maraldo. He just missed that they couldn’t have friends and family immediately after they moved in.
What to look for when not at home
Even if you visit the house in person, it is difficult to know the danger signs of buying a house. However, when you do all the operations online, you may be more complicated.
Beatrice de Jong, a real estate agent who works with the real estate company Opendoor, said that to ensure that you don’t miss anything, ask the agent or friend to visit the house with you through video chat to show you the company that buys the house directly from every corner. She said they can remind you of the smell, what natural light is like or how strong the water pressure is.
De Jong said: “It’s much more difficult to see the cracked, scratched or damaged details in the video than to see it in person.” He also asked if the floor is uneven or inclined, which may be a sign of the underlying problem.
She said you will want to see the light switch and socket work properly to check for electrical problems.
De Jong said: “If you don’t feel that the neighborhood is challenging, but finding the location is the most important, because it will have the greatest impact on the value, and for the house, it can’t be changed.”
She said, please pay attention to the last replacement time of the roof and the update time of other systems in the house, but you do not have to be like an expert.
She said: “Before closing, you will conduct a professional inspection of the house to ensure that there are no accidents.”