Technology has certainly changed the game of looking for and at real estate. Enlisting high res photos, video tours, walkthroughs via FaceTime or WhatsApp is very common now. Of course, this can be done with, or without, an agent—you’ll just need to have a helpful partner/friend/relative to tour apartments for you if you’re not working with a broker.
CORE agent John Harrison, who has helped people from as far away as California and Singapore find apartments to both rent and buy, thinks that an overall comfort with buying things sight unseen (read: Amazon), and the increased overall transparency that technology provides (via online search, phone photo and video documentation) are factors contributing to the trend. (He himself bought an investment property in Texas without seeing it in person.) “It’s not as mysterious a process as it once may have been,” he says.
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