If you’ve ever bought a home, you know how stressful it can be.
You need to schedule showings, coordinate your schedule around open houses, travel, work with your bank, the seller’s bank, and more. It can be exhausting and stressful (let’s not even consider the other important parts of your life, like family, work, and social obligations).
Luckily, there are plenty of tools that will take some of the stress out of the process. Real estate technology can help you build a schedule that fits with your obligations, your travel constraints, and other issues.
Check out these five ways technology can help you assess and fall in love with a home without having to travel to every location.1. Simplify Your Research
If you’re in the market for a home, searching through multiple listing service entries for a home that suits your needs can be exhausting. While a great real estate agent will curate the homes that best suit your needs, sometimes you just want to see more. We recommend Homesnap, an app that works as a personalized news feed for homebuyers. The app uses your location preferences and homes you view to connect you to real estate agents and available homes. Homesnap also has a direct messaging feature that lets you ask a realtor or send homes to a friend.
2. View Homes on Your Time With Video Tours
Real estate agents have been relying on photographs of the house for the past 60 years; putting them on a website is not a big innovation. However, between high-resolution video, high-speed internet, and faster processors, we can now easily view a home through video tours.
Video tours, like this one, can take you through a home. The agent showing the home can go over the basics, the potential of each room, and the amenities. If the house interests you, then you can follow-up with the agent for a more detailed, in-person review.
3. Get an Interactive Experience With Social Media
Video tours, while convenient, also have their drawbacks. Video tours can be impersonal, and you may not get the information you need. Because video tours aren’t interactive, you’ll need to reach out to the agent get any of your questions or concerns answered.
However, social media, such as Snapchat, Facebook Live, and other “live” interactions involve a real estate conducting a walk-through in real-time. The advantage of these social media-based tours is that you are virtually walked through the house in real-time. You can ask questions, pose concerns, and have them addressed in real-time.
4. Get a Floor-to-Ceiling View With 360 Video Tours
The traditional video tour trapped you in the view of the camera when it was made, facing a single direction. 360-degree tours allow you to view the room at your leisure, at any angle.
The 360-degree camera allows you to any area of the room, including ceilings, floors, and any size. Here is an example of how a 360-degree video tour looks. As you can see, there is a lot more flexibility in 360-degree tours, than in traditional tours.
5. Feel Like You’re There With Virtual Reality Tours
Finally, virtual reality tours are the newest and trendiest way to tour a home. The virtual reality tour combines the interaction of a social media tour with the video quality of a 360-degree tour.
Real estate agents use virtual reality technology to walk you through the home. You can view all of the rooms in any order you choose, almost as if you were really there. Moreover, depending on how busy the agent is, you may even be able to get a personal tour of the home and have all of your questions answered and concerns addressed.
Pioneering agents leverage the benefits of real estate technology to find a home that suits your needs. Buying a home doesn’t have to be the same bundle of stress that your parents went through. Let real estate technology take some of the stress off your shoulders, and help you find your new home.