Today we’re talking about virtual tours of properties.
Bob Nelson, Eugene real estate investment broker
Marcia Edwards, Eugene residential real estate broker
Marcia Edwards: We’ve been talking about the new climate, the new normal as they call it in regards to our industry specifically, what measures we’re taking to make sure that you’re safe while you purchase a home. A home is really intimate and you’ve got all the members of the family that need to understand it. So, it’s tough to get that close and understand it fully in this climate.
Bob Nelson: Well, it is, but there are certain tools that can be used that would at least portray what you would see if you were physically standing on the property, entering the front door, walking through the property, et cetera. The virtual tour is an example.
Marcia Edwards: Exactly. It’s really important that you understand the property before you approach it and make sure you know the context, which is as a seller, something you need to understand too. We’re talking to buyers, but hear this as a lens that says, “Okay, this is what I’ve got to provide to the buyer in order to be successful”.
A visual tour of the property in a way that helps them walk through at their own pace to understand the property is fantastic and essential. And then still photography that actually does also a walkthrough. The next frame shows some reference to the previous frame to show how this floor plan flows.
Bob Nelson: It’s the flow that would allow you to fall in love with the property. If you want areas of privacy, if you want areas of familial activity or joint activity, whatever you want to call it, social activity, but at least it provides an opportunity to demonstrate what this property is capable of developing and delivering.
Marcia Edwards: It’s interesting. Actually, it used to be that we’d say, “Okay, is it time that we cover hardwood with carpet or we out pull the hardwood up,” because it would go in different waves over generations of what’s attracted to people. Well, the same thing has happened with the walls now. Is the great room or is it we need more walls. With the COVID virus situation, what they’ve been talking about is that there will be more walls in design work so that people have separation in a way that they can join when they want to, but they can also separate.
Bob Nelson: Well, and this is going to be interesting, 18 months or two years or two days, whatever it takes to find a vaccine that in fact kills this thing. All of a sudden, if we’ve got it and you have designed your property around isolation and there’s no need for isolation, what are we… tear everything back out again, I guess.
Marcia Edwards: Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see, and how many home offices will remain active, full time.
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