So you were headed into 2020 excited to finally dip your toes in the real estate world, but now you’re worried about the success of your real estate endeavors now that the world is dealing with a sweeping pandemic? Naturally, you’re not alone. But just as the rest of the world adapts to this changing time, so does the real estate market. As a seasoned realtor in the Las Vegas area, I can easily help you navigate the waters during this murkey time, and I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear that the market is still riddled with supply and demand. Here’s how you can stay on track during COVID-19.
How sellers can prep for virtual tours
While in-person tours are becoming rarer, a majority of real estate agents are switching over to virtual tours in order to keep up with buyer demand. During the time of COVID-19, virtual tours offer a safe, socially distanced, and engaging way for potential buyers to view your property. Even for those who aren’t necessarily tech savvy, conducting a virtual tour is relatively simple and requires the same level of preparation as a normal in-person tour.
The best thing you can do to set your home apart from the competition in these virtual showings is to make sure your home is clean, decluttered, organized, depersonalized, and properly staged
Now that you’re ready to film, there are a few other things to keep in mind. First, make sure the lighting is consistent from room to room. While soft, warm lighting might be more appealing in-person, the dimness might make rooms seem smaller virtually. Pick a time of day where your home receives plenty of natural light and brighten up rooms with some extra lights. In addition, it’s a good idea to do a walkthrough before filming to make sure you’re not tripping over coffee tables or jumping over rogue shoes. If you’re having trouble maneuvering from room to room, buyers will notice the disturbances on-screen.
How buyers are viewing properties right from home
On the flipside of things, buyers may be wary that they won’t get a complete feel without visiting in-person. However, the quality of virtual tours has skyrocketed since the start of COVID-19. Instead of just pictures, you’ll see complete walkthroughs of the homes and even have the opportunity to interact with home buyers or agents during these tours in order to ask questions.
There are three main types of virtual tours: pre-recorded virtual tours, 3D interactive tours, and virtual open houses
. If you’re unsure what type works best for you, talk to a real estate agent and they’ll be able to walk you through the process. Best of all? You can view these homes without leaving your couch and without the risk of breaking current quarantine or stay-at-home orders.
Stay safe and work with a trusted agent
When in-person meetings can’t be avoided, talk to your real estate agent in order to navigate the process as safely as possible. As long as you take proper precautions — like disinfecting the property thoroughly and wearing masks and gloves during each meeting — you should have no problem with your real estate endeavors in the fast-paced Las Vegas market!