The pandemic and technology are rapidly changing how home buyers shop for a house. They are driving an increase in buyers who will put a contract on a home without physically stepping inside it.
In the early months of 2020, 25% of real estate professionals reported that their clients had made a “sight unseen” offer. In a recent survey from Homes.com of 1,500 consumers, 42% of buyers say they would consider putting an offer on a house without physically seeing it first.
Virtual tours, 3D photos, drone videography, and other technology tools are allowing buyers to see inside houses virtually and make them feel like they had been there in person. Buyer’s agents also are increasingly offering video walkthroughs through FaceTime or Zoom of showings to buyers who can’t be there in person.
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