The new VIRTUAL way to buy and sell real estate

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty DRE# 01411020

Whether it's an initial home wish-list analysis as a buyer or a listing appointment as a seller, we can get the process started remotely and we can create a plan together.

I’ve become even more innovative since March, (when the stay-at-home orders were issued), using newer technology that allows buyers to virtually look at homes, meet with mortgage lenders and consult with me throughout the buying or selling process.

I’ve always had 3D Virtual Tours in my marketing arsenal and now they’re used more often, by more agents, what with the ban on Open Houses and everyone’s concerns about Covid-19.

 



Experience the 3D Virtual Tour of this
Irvine home and while you’re there, try out the “Dolls House View” and look at the “Floor Plan” by pressing the button on the bottom left.

“But what if I want to virtually look at a listing which isn’t one of yours Debbie?”, you might ask. Well hopefully the listing agent would have invested the money in providing a 3D Virtual Tour, but if not, I’ll do a
Walkthrough Video Tour of the property for you. I can either do these live via Video Chat or I can upload it to YouTube for your exclusive viewing.

Shopping for real estate virtually


While of course buyers still prefer to physically see and walk through a home, virtual home tours and accurate listing information top the list of tech specs buyers find most helpful in today’s process.

According to Google Trends, which scores search-terms online, searches for
real estate increased from 68 points the week of March 15th to 92 points last week. So it seems to me that more potential homebuyers are looking for homes virtually.

Today's everyday reality is quite different compared with less than three months ago. I know that most people have been working remotely, and engaging with friends and business associates virtually.

I’m thankful that Video Conferencing is so simple and user-friendly these days. My initial consultations are held via
Zoom or Facetime, and I’ve found that most people welcome not having to tidy-up and have me physically in their homes at this first “meeting”. I’m also thankful to still be in a position to help families make important moves.

Virtually looking at Irvine homes for sale


Document Signing
is usually being done digitally for all offer, counter-offer and disclosures paperwork, and more, right from a computer or smart phone. If my buyer or seller clients aren’t comfortable to sign electronically, they can physically sign the paperwork. In these cases, I courier the documents to them, or drop them off at their front door.

I think most people already know that Sending Money can be done from the comfort of their homes too. Buyers can pay for an inspection or appraisal digitally, and both buyers and sellers can wire money into escrow from home, if their bank offers it, and most do. In case you’re wondering “Why Sellers?”, they would sometimes need to wire money into escrow, for example to pay for Irvine Home Owner Association documents.

So as you can see, if you need to move today, technology can help make it happen safely.

Let's connect to discuss your situation and the Irvine real estate market today, so you don't have to put your real estate plans on hold. Yes, let’s do it via Zoom!

Comments (1)

Mike Sagorin
Sagorin & Associates - Irvine, CA

Jun 02, 2020 08:29 AM
The Woodland Companies of Alaska
Woodland Management Service - Wasilla, AK
Alaska Forest Land Experts!

Thanks for the update on this community, all the best to you as you get many of these properties listed and sold.

Tracy

 

Jun 04, 2020 07:59 PM
Debbie Sagorin
Coldwell Banker Realty - Irvine, CA
Marketing Irvine to the Highest Level

Thanks Tracy. And all the best to you! 

Jun 05, 2020 06:15 AM
The Woodland Companies of Alaska
Woodland Management Service - Wasilla, AK
Alaska Forest Land Experts!

Thanks for the update, all the best to you as you get many of these properties listed and sold.

Tracy

Aug 02, 2020 05:17 PM
Debbie Sagorin

Thanks for the good wishes, Tracy.


 All the best!

Aug 04, 2020 07:49 AM