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There’s something special about visiting a home in person when searching for your dream home. You instantly feel a connection to it, and can see you and your family living there. You might even start to make a “mental list ” of projects to complete once you move in. However, there are plenty of reasons why we can’t always visit a home in person, whether it’s due to schedule conflicts, travel limitations, an illness that restricts outside movement, or simply wanting to see a home as soon as it hits the market as opposed to waiting. Thankfully, today’s technology tools allow us to view properties in real time making home buying a faster and easier process! 

In a popular real estate market like Charleston SC that sees on average 28 people per day moving to the tri-county area, homes and townhomes that are priced right can quickly go under contract in as little as 24-hours, particularly in the busy spring market. That can be a stressful scenario, even for seasoned buyers. Historically the process for viewing homes included long days filled with showing appointments, or scrambling to get in to see a “hot listing ” that just came on the market. Sometimes, the opportunity isn’t readily available to view a home in-person, and in today’s modern era, there’s simply no need to leave your home to see a new property!  

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If you are unable to tour a property in person or simply want early access when a new listing comes online, schedule a time with your Realtor to visit the property and you can accompany them virtually! By using your mobile phone on tablet via FaceTime or Skype to tour a home, it’s an ideal way to conveniently experience a private guided tour when your schedule may not allow for a personal visit. Virtually seeing a home is an advantage for those buyers currently living overseas where international travel is often costly and time consuming. Rather than travel to the area and spend days racing from home to home with your Realtor, they can easily FaceTime or Skype with you each time they arrive at each predesignated home on a list. Plus, you can do all this while sitting in your pajamas in the comfort of home! 

While we can’t guarantee you’ll have the same experience as seeing a home in person, it can help you quickly rule out those houses that don’t meet your needs or may require renovation or expensive updates. There are advantages to having a tech-savvy Realtor that can take you along on a virtual tour or create short videos as they preview homes on your behalf and review them with you later.  Today, many Realtors even order professionally filmed videos as part of their marketing package when the bring the listing to the online marketplace, and these types of videos are an excellent way to preview a home. 

Note: The key to finding your dream home starts with the ability to see as many homes as possible that fit your location, style and budget, That’s why it’s important to use all of the tools on hand to maximize your time. If your busy schedule has you limited in availability, our real estate team is experienced at understanding how to help buyers navigate listing appointments, property videos, and virtual home tours. After all, there is simply no better place to live to experience the laid-back lifestyle of the coastal lowcountry and the beauty of Charleston, SC. We’re here to help!

 

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