You can sell your home with a virtual open house, where potential buyers can view the inside of your home at their convenience without you or a real estate agent present.
Hosting an open house isn't the only way to attract potential buyers. You can sell your home with a virtual open house, where potential buyers can view the inside of your home at their convenience without you or a real estate agent present.
The traditional open house, where your real estate agent sits in your home for a few hours on a weekend afternoon while you are forced to vacate your home, is quickly becoming a thing of the past. When you sell your home with a virtual open house, you reach more people at the convenience of their schedule and yours.
An online real estate tour of your home has many benefits, including easy set up. Today, more than 80 percent of home buyers start their shopping online. When you have a virtual tour online, you give these buyers the ability to walk through your home at any time. This means that only the most interested people will call for an in-person showing. And you don't have to worry about constantly keeping a spotless home. While full-motion HD videos work the best, even a sequence of still photographs of your home gives you an advantage and helps you sell your home faster.
To put together a virtual open house, you can hire a professional to create the tour or you can do it yourself. The easiest way to set up a virtual tour is to take pictures of all the rooms at angles that capture as much of the room in one photo as possible, or take panoramic pictures if you have the ability. The more you can show in one picture, the larger the room will appear and the more appealing it will be to buyers. Next, upload the pictures to your computer using the method required by your camera's manufacturer. If you are not using a digital camera, you can scan printed pictures to your computer. Next, delete any photos that you don't want to include on the tour and edit or resize those you'd like to include. Finally, register with a tour hosting site and utilize its tour building tools to complete the tour of your house. Once your tour is built, share the link with friends, family, and your social media connections to increase the views of your tour and get your house sold faster.
To sell your home with a virtual open house, it is important that you take clear photos and include a virtual map of the house. Tip: adding soft music to make your tour will help it stand out from others.
If possible, have a way for potential buyers to ask questions about your home, just like they would at an open house, so that your real estate agent can respond to questions via the virtual tour website, live chat, email, and phone. It is also best to keep the description short so it can be read quickly--you also don't want to spend too much time on it since your home may sell quickly.
If you would like to sell your home with a virtual open house, RealtyNow can help you find a real estate agent in your area who uses this and other marketing tactics that sell. A real estate agent can also help you with all aspects of selling your home and buying a new one in the location of your choice.