The coronavirus is completely changing the real estate industry, and the pandemic has presented unique challenges for buyers. Not only are they unable to tour properties in person as easily, but, in some areas, they also can’t walk around the neighborhood and get a feel for whether it’s the kind of neighborhood they want to call home.
But just because you can’t explore an area in person right now doesn’t mean you can’t get a feel for a potential neighborhood—and whether it’s the right fit for you, your family, and your new home.
A recent article from realtor.com outlined strategies buyers can use to “test drive” a new neighborhood while they’re sheltering in place, including:
- Check out local publications and social media. Many neighborhoods have their own newspapers, magazines, or other publications, which can give you insights into the neighborhood vibe. You can also search Facebook groups or use neighborhood-specific social media apps like NextDoor to get a feel for the area.
- Take a (virtual) walk. You may not be able to visit a neighborhood in person right now, but thanks to Google Street View, you can take a virtual walk and explore the area.
- Call The Realty Queen and Team. We are more than happy to give virtual tours of properties you are interested in touring via facetime, Facebook live, or any other real-time media source.
So, what does this mean for you? If you’re in the market for a new home and want to get a feel for the neighborhood, the pandemic doesn’t have to stop you. With a little bit of creativity, you can explore neighborhoods near and far—without ever leaving the comfort and safety of your home.