If you’ve read my latest market stats report, you know that Denver’s market is open for businesses! And by that I mean we’ve gone back to in person showings, multiple offers and open houses.
During the quarantine, it wasn’t an option to view homes in person and as a result, I had many friends and clients ask me what I thought about the virtual showing platforms. Many of my clients waited it out until they could see properties in person, but I’ve been dealing with virtual home tours for ages.
Over the last few years, I’ve had a number of clients move here from out of state and they aren’t always available to view home in person. I’ve many relied on FaceTime and video tours of houses as a stand-in and for my listings I’ve been using the Matterport service for years. The best way to describe Matterport is that it’s basically Google Street View inside a home. You can give yourself a tour of homes and even go up and down stairs with 360 views of every room.
With COVID-19, the demand for Matterport has gone thru the roof. I have a number of clients who are able to rule out homes based on these tours which helps streamline our search and keep everyone safe by eliminating unnecessary home tours.
Our market is heating up again, as are in-person showings. Many people who’ve had plans to buy or sell aren’t ready to put those plans on hold. In person showings look like this: masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, shoe covers and social distancing. But for many, virtual still feels a lot more comfortable! Choosing your next home over the internet can be daunting. Let’s explore what you need to know about virtual home showings in order to have the best experience possible!
It looks like virtual tours, which were already gaining popularity, are here to stay. When it feels safe and right for you to start the buying process, there’s really no true replacement for the real thing. But when in-person tours aren’t available, virtual ones are a fantastic substitute. In fact, for my out of town clients I often provide my own tours with either FaceTime of video tours which are far more interactive than say the Matterport platform.
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