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Video Chat in Real Estate
But not all is lost. The latest advances in video chat technology are enabling forward-thinking realtors to continue showing off their wares and closing deals, even when they can’t meet buyers in the flesh. Innovative real-estate agents are leveraging live chat technology, and a new willingness to conduct remote business, to show real-estate to potential buyers, conduct meetings and close deals -- and according to the numbers, it’s working.
Corona or no corona, the real estate market is on fire. Data from Realtor.com shows that median prices are rising, inventory is down and average time on market is shrinking. All this means that there’s plenty of business out there for realtors who have the right video chat platform in their sales arsenal.
Showing Property Using Video Chat
Virtual showings are real-time scheduled property showings in which the real estate agent is on the property alone, while the prospective buyers can be anywhere in the world. Virtual showings leverage remote video chat capabilities to show prospective buyers the property without them actually having to physically be there. Using video chat, real estate agents can literally take interested parties on a digital showing of the house.
While not exactly the same as seeing a property ‘in real life’, virtual showings give real estate the option of offering a one-on-one, personalized tour of the property. When the option to physically show prospective buyers a property is off the table, virtual showings are the next best thing.
Although many folks might hesitate to put down the significant monetary resources required to purchase real estate without seeing it for themselves, virtual showings definitely help move the process along. While the real estate agent walks through the property, potential buyers can see the properties strengths and weaknesses, ask questions and get a better idea of whether it’s a match or not.
Generating Leads via Video Chat
Believe it or not, during the times of Covid-19 it may be easier to generate leads than you think. Prospective buyers are looking at real estate websites -- like your own -- and not visiting offices. Advanced video chat platforms empower 1-click web chat capabilities on any page of your website. Clients can instantly initiate a conversation with one of your reps in just one click. Using embedded video chat on your website transforms it from a passive property display, into an advanced proactive lead generator.
Handling the Paperwork via Video Chat
As you already know, when it comes to buying and selling real estate, the showing is the easy part. The real work starts only once you’ve found a property that your client wants to buy. Lawyers need to be consulted, financiers need to be sourced, documents need to be sound, while appraisers and other stakeholders all need to be consulted throughout the entire process.
Video chat technology simplifies every part of this process. Everyone who needs to be involved -- from lawyers, to appraisers, buyers, sellers and bankers -- can quickly take part in a video chat session and weigh in on their respective angles. All this can all be done remotely, without having to leave the house and confront the realities of the pandemic.
File sharing and screen sharing are two collaboration features included in many of the more advanced video chat solutions. File sharing makes it easy to quickly send important documents back and forth, so that everyone can sign the dotted lines when needed. Screen sharing makes it easy to go over blueprints, contracts and other legal documents to make sure that everyone’s on the same page.
Benefits of Video Chat for Real Estate
By conducting all meetings and showings by video chat, it’s possible to save tons of time for buyers, sellers and agents alike.
Consolto’s Video Chat Solution for Real Estate Agents
Consolto’s video chat platform was built to simplify, organize and enhance sales and business over the internet.
With the pandemic a fact of our lives for the foreseeable future, real estate agents need new ways to find leads, conduct meetings and show properties. New, advanced video chat solutions go beyond communication, delivering an impressive array of collaboration and sales tools that empower anyone to turn their website into a fully-featured office. Consolto’s solution streamlines the entire business process, transforming a real estate website into a real-time lead generator. Powerful collaboration tools make it easy to work together remotely, while high quality video streaming empowers virtual showings that help to close the deal.