How Technology Has Changed the Way We Buy Homes

In a year when we’ve learned to do so much remotely, buying or selling a home is no exception.

Rather than delaying purchases due to the virus crisis, buyers – working with their real estate professionals – have been turning to the Internet to do more than just a typical home search. In some cases, they have bought without even stepping foot inside the property.

In fact, the National Association of Realtors says that throughout the virus crisis, one in every 20 home buyers purchased a house sight-unseen.

Today, we and many other real estate professionals are using digital practices to help homebuyers and sellers virtually walk through the many steps in the process. While following all safety protocols, we work with buyers and sellers using virtual tours, 3D floor plans, high-quality photos, videos, online open houses, and more.

Virtual practices help buyers safely narrow down their top choices, so they don’t have to unnecessarily walk into more homes than they need to see, as the graph below shows.

This also means that sellers don’t need to open their doors over and over again, while their home is being marketed.

As we’ve written about before, we’ve successfully assisted remote buyers this year. We’ve also worked with homeowners, who were very concerned about safety procedures being followed. Once we agreed on guidelines and effective technologies, the process itself was actually surprisingly smooth.

So, if you’re ready to make your move — or still thinking about it — let’s connect at 508-568-8191 or to discuss the safe and effective options that are available to buy or sell a home.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting local merchants this holiday season.

Gift cards from restaurants and shops make great stocking stuffers, for example.

Please don’t forget local non profit organizations — especially food pantries. Many social service providers have been pushed to the limit assisting those who have been impacted by the virus crisis. People, who have never turned to these organizations before for help, now find that they need their assistance.

Anything you can do will be appreciated. Thanks.

Stay healthy Stay optimistic.

Mari and Hank

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