Soldier's stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord are buying homes sight unseen using video

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker, Danforth

Soldier's are buying homes; sight unseen using video.




Soldier's are buying homes; sight unseen using video.


soldier's on the battle field 


I'd like to tell you about a wonderful example of several deployed soldiers's stationed in Iraq who searched for and purchased a home before coming back to the states.  Using the current technology availible it is now possible, and Soldier's are buying homes; sight unseen using video. The use of VIDEO and pictures, if done properly, can give you an up close look; good enough to buy with confidence sight unseen.                                                     

Technology has not only given us great visuals, it has allowed us the ability to transact the complete real estate  purchase and sale contract ONLINE.

One of the Soldier's in this story was so creative; not having the use of a scanner or a fax machine, he used the camera on his cell phone to send back the signed documents as ( pictures). Who says you have to use a fax machine.                     

                                            Soldier and daughter

You might be wondering, why didn't he just wait to get back? The reason Soldier's are buying homes, sight unseen using video is, with the knowledge of thousands of troops returning soon to Joint Base Lewis McChord, Soldiers are wanting to make sure they don't get the left overs.  They want to take advantage of our current real estate market, and they want to take advantage of the low interest rates and great deals, not to mention they are still receiving the $8,000 tax credit.

The deals are out there. The Soldier bought his home for $280,000 from a seller who had paid over $400.000 for the same home only 3 years earlier.

                                                                       Let freedom ring  

The secret to making this work is;  your agent needs to be PRO- ACTIVE and looking for DEALS everyday like a hawk.

Your agent needs to be willing to use all of the available technology to conduct the transaction, including VIDEO.

Your agent must be willing to  receive documents from remote facilities with opposite time zone issues.  This would be a FULL-TIME agent; in the case of this example a BUYERS agent working JUST for you the BUYER.

So maybe now you can see why Soldier's are buying homes, sight unseen using video;  because THEY CAN.

 Check out the VIDEO below, you will see a real  live example of an agent using a video camera helping a Soilder to buy a home.


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Debra Reed
Coldwell Banker, Danforth
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Comments (5)

Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

What a great idea to help those who are doing so much for us!

We also like to help the military - our manager is a vet, and has daughter who is Captain.

Is there some way we could get together to see if there is some way we can help you in this great program?


Aug 12, 2010 01:16 PM
Debra Ann
Coldwell Banker, Danforth - Tacoma, WA
Thank you so much Steven; yes you are right, it has been such a worthwhile venture going that extra step. It has also paid off. Most of my more recent sales have been sale where I used video, 3 deals in the last few months. There does seem to be a need , photographs just does not quite do it. I really don't have a program. I would love to explore that idea, it has just sort of naturally developed. I have sponsored the Joint base Lewis McChord Community page, and also Northwest Landing, (a military community) I am always open to ideas. Let me know how you think we could work together. Thanks again for the kind words.
Aug 12, 2010 05:20 PM
Great Idea
Do you any special paperwork when you sell a home sight unseen? You did a great job on the video. Thanks Ann Broker from Albuquerque nm
Sep 22, 2010 07:42 AM
Debra Reed
Thanks Ann for your nice words. No special paperwork. In the case of this buyer the wife was here to see the home. But in other cases they trust ME!!! and the video. Thanks again for your viewing of the blog.
Sep 22, 2010 08:43 AM
Kyle Lorden

Your concept is unique and amazing, as you combine the warmth of your personal and professional touch with the precise detail that is so often missing from real estate marketing.  Your video concept is the best I have seen on any real estate website.  Superbly excellent! 

Oct 28, 2011 07:48 PM