More Buyers Forced to Gamble With Sight-Unseen Offers


Thirty-five percent of home buyers who purchased a home in November and December said they made an offer on the home without seeing it first in person, according to a newly released survey by Redfin of more than 1,500 home purchasers. That is up from 33 percent in May 2017 and from 19 percent in June 2016.

The following lists the percentage of buyers by metro area who said they made an offer on a home they hadn’t seen first in person:

Los Angeles: 57%
San Diego: 46%
San Francisco: 44%
Chicago: 38%
Austin: 35%
Denver: 33%
Washington, D.C.: 32%
Phoenix: 31%
Portland: 30%
Sacramento: 30%
Baltimore: 28%
Dallas: 27%
Boston: 25%
Seattle: 19%

By age group, millennial home buyers are the most likely to make an offer on a home without visiting it first, at 45 percent, researchers found. Younger adults may be more comfortable with relying on information they find online about properties for sale and the neighborhoods, researchers note.

For buyers who can’t see the property in person first, our agents are relying on FaceTime video call tours or 3-D virtual tour programs to give them a better idea of the interiors.  Renee has also used video tours to show properties in the area.

While conducting video tours with them, we are careful to explain things that they would not be able to experience virtually, like the sounds, smells, and textures,” Hunter says. We pointed out flaws that are hard to detect through video so that nothing would be a surprise to them once they visited in person. It’s not the easiest way to shop for a home, but together we can find the perfect match.

One response to “More Buyers Forced to Gamble With Sight-Unseen Offers

  1. This is amazing to me. Definitely a comfort level with the younger generation that I do not have. I want to see, feel, and touch–in person–what I buy before I buy it! Especially at such a hefty price tag. It’s great that you are offering video tours to help close the sensory gap!

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