As we face the uncertain weeks ahead, you might think you have to put your real estate dreams on hold. Fortunately, virtual homebuying is picking up here in Columbus—and it’s easier than ever to find your perfect place!
Your Guide to Virtual Homebuying
Although most buyers use the internet at some point during their home search, current events are shifting almost every part of the process online. Here what you should expect as you navigate the world of virtual homebuying!
Find a great local agent
Before you start your search, it’s crucial to connect with a local agent and learn about all the options available to you. Here in Columbus, real estate agents provide an essential service and are exempt from the stay at home order.
Although many agents will be operating as usual, they might be taking some special precautions to protect you and themselves. Instead of scheduling an in-person meeting, consider having a phone call or video conference instead. That way, you can still discuss your buying goals while maintaining social distance.
Once you’ve found the right agent, it’s time for the fun part: searching for homes! We’ve made it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for in your next place—just use our handy search tool to start browsing. You can narrow down homes by area, school district, features, and so much more.
Many buyers are opting to only view listings online and limit in-person showings, so it’s crucial to factor virtual tours into your search. If you want to only view homes with virtual or 3D tours, we have a setting for that, too!
Schedule a virtual or video tour
Now that you’ve found some listings that you love, it’s time to take a tour from the comfort of home. Virtual tours might not be a new innovation, but in the age of COVID-19, they’ve become more important than ever. Some agents are also investing in 3D tours, which allow you to “walk” through a home on your laptop, phone, or tablet.
Want a more personal touch? Ask your agent if they offer video tours via platforms like FaceTime or Zoom. They’ll be able to walk you through a home, offer personal commentary, answer questions on the spot, and give you an up-close look at all the details!
Close…from your couch!
Once you’ve settled on your dream home, it’s time to begin the closing process. Luckily, almost every bit of paperwork can be signed virtually, so you won’t have to leave your couch. Some states, such as Ohio, even allow remote online notarization.
If you’d prefer to complete your closing in-person, let your agent know in advance. This will give them ample time to sanitize their office, prepare any paperwork, and make specialize arrangements. And while you’re there, don’t forget to maintain social distance!
Start Your Virtual Homebuying Journey Today!
The Yoder-Barnhart Team has made it easy to buy a home, even during these tough times. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at any time. We have plenty of resources to help you through every step of the process!