The real estate industry, like everything else, has been thrown off its axis by the COVID-19 outbreak. Following self-distancing policies is absolutely critical to fighting the spread of coronavirus, but let’s admit it: Staying inside all the time does make it slightly harder to evaluate a potential new home.
With no property showings for the foreseeable future, home buyers and sellers can’t use open houses or private viewings to connect with each other. For safety reasons, everyone is limited to what can be done online.
At REW, we believe you can do a lot online. As part of our commitment to innovating throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re proud to announce a new tool that makes it easy for home buyers to continue viewing properties.
Virtual Real Estate Tours
With that said, please give a warm welcome to REW Virtual Tours! Simply put, virtual tours will let you easily access an online-based property showing. These tours come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from a thorough video of a property walkthrough to a fully interactive 3D home explorer. Even better? They're fully enabled for both mobile and desktop browsing.
Starting today, you’ll see a shiny orange “V TOUR” tag on any listing that includes a virtual tour. Like so:
Even better, this isn’t a limited feature that’s only available on a few properties. REW currently has over 60,000 listings available, and more than 20,000 of those properties have a virtual tour. Happy from-your-house house hunting!
How Virtual Property Tours Work
Accessing a REW Virtual Tour is as easy as clicking a button. That’s partially due to our straightforward site design, and partially due to the fact that… well, you access everything online by clicking a button.
Once you’re on a listing that includes a Virtual Tour, you’ll see the “Virtual Tour” text directly below the image gallery. Click that button, and you’re off!
We know there’s no substitute for seeing a home in person. But we also know that home buyers and sellers deserve the ability to gather as much information about a property as possible, in whatever form that takes. You may not be able to open the cabinets and check the taps yourself, but a REW Virtual Tour will still let you see every room, understand unique features, and help you make a decision on whether or not a home is right for you.
Real Estate in the Time of Coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it a challenge for home buyers, home sellers and real estate agents to connect during these trying times. At REW, we’re committed to doing everything we can to still provide the best real estate experience possible, no matter where you are in your homeownership journey.
If you have any questions or feedback, we’d love to hear it - reach out to us anytime at [email protected]. We’re also hard at work on more digital real estate solutions - We’ll have more to announce about our next coronavirus product release soon, but make sure you’re subscribed to the REW Newsletter and checking this blog to stay connected to our latest site features.