Health and safety are the number one concern when it comes to showing homes to potential buyers, especially with the current state of the world. Technology has evolved greatly over the last decade, opening a whole new world of possibilities with showings and open house tours that decrease or even eliminate foot traffic in the home. From first-rate panoramic images and detailed reports on appliances to guided video walkthroughs, there is no compromising a quality examination to sell at maximum value.

One such application our team has been utilizing is Matterport. With this tool, buyers can take a full 360 degree tour of each room of the house as well as exterior shots from not just the front and back of the home, but oftentimes overhead from the use of a drone. Additionally, appliances can be clicked on for a closer image or feature infrared captures. An itemized menu of reports can be found as well, listing any appearance defects or further information on appliance replacement dates. An example of this can be found at http://olear.com/virtual.

Smartphones and virtual meetings have also greatly assisted the shift to safer selling. Current homeowners can conduct a tour of the home with the shared company of both the listing and buyers agents. Realtors are also offering scheduled virtual open houses as well, where a link can be created for all interested parties to click on to join the viewing. WhatsApp has been a very successful application for these types of viewings, as well as Zoom and Google Meet.

When it comes time for the home inspection, if chosen to be conditioned contract, buyers are allowed to accompany the inspector as ordered by Governor Cuomo. As always we highly suggest having this done, but this now adds extra security to the feeling of buying a home sight unseen in person.