What Exactly Is A Virtual Home Tour?

It’s no secret, every industry is adjusting to a new “normal” as we all navigate the uncertainties of the coronavirus outbreak. From restaurants offering contactless delivery to your favorite boutique shifting to online sales, we’re all finding new and unique ways to continue interacting with the people and places we love.

using video chat for a virtual home tourYou may have noticed that realtors or websites like Zillow, Redfin, and Realtor.com, are now offering “virtual home tours” or “live virtual appointments” as we at Charlesgate like to call them. But what exactly does that mean? Can you really get a sense of an apartment, condo, or home, from your couch? The answer is, yes!

Here’s what you can expect when you sign up for one of our virtual tours or appointments.

1. Your Virtual Home Tour Is Live!

During a virtual home tour, you’ll connect live with an agent via video chat. They’ll walk you through the property you’re interested in either by showing you photos, previously recorded videos or if it’s safe, they may even be in the property during your call. We also love to use Matterport videos so we can walk through the unit together. Take a look at one we did for this gorgeous oceanfront estate in Plymouth. You’ll get a chance to ask questions in real-time and go over finer details of the property.

virtual home tour

2. Easily Connect From Your Home

There areĀ so many different tools and technologies we can use for video chat. We generally use a simple Hangouts link (this is Google’s video chat platform) but we can connect with you via FaceTime, Zoom, GoToMeeting, any platform you’re most comfortable using! All you’ll have to do is click a link and you’re in the call.

3. It Doesn’t Take Long

We’re all about maximizing our time together. We promise you won’t be spending hours on end talking to us about available properties…unless you want to that is! We already have presentations ready to go to give you a general overview of available apartments, condos, and homes. This way you get a sense of the property and we can spend most of our time answering your specific questions.

We’re excited to connect with you for a virtual home tour! We’re even going to be hosting some Facebook Live events in the near future! Be sure to like us on Facebook so you don’t miss out.

schedule a virtual home tourAll of our online listings now feature a “Tour via Video Chat” button. When you find a property that interests you, simply click the button, enter your information, and one of our agents will follow up with you directly! It couldn’t be easier.

We know there’s a lot of uncertainty right now but one thing remains the same, we’re here for you and available to answer any of your real estate questions. We’re in this together, get in touch!