Buyers and sellers of North County San Diego homes – did you know that you could use technology to complete the real estate process from start to finish? With the recent stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines enacted around the country, the real estate market has continued by conducting business online. In fact, using digital tools can make the process easier, safer, and less stressful for all parties. Let’s take a closer look at how you can use technology to help you close on a North County home.
Schedule a virtual meeting
First of all, it’s important to work with a real estate agent that you know and trust. But how do you get a good feel for someone without meeting them in person? You go online! Virtual meetings are available whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect North County home or you’re ready to discuss a detailed marketing plan of your home for sale. You can reach out to the Clark & Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected] to set something up.
Search for homes online
Most homebuyers begin their home searches online. There are so many tools available that let you easily browse listings from the comfort of your home. Our website also allows you to search for North County homes for sale, whether you’re looking for a beachside condo or an equestrian estate!
Find out what your home is worth
Did you know that you could get a comprehensive report on the value of your home in just 35 seconds? Using the home valuation tool on our website couldn’t be easier. Just supply your address and details of the home to find out what your home is worth.
Tour a home via video
Have you narrowed your search to a few homes that you’re interested in seeing in greater detail? Then schedule a video tour to see the layout of the home and get more information. Using existing video chat programs, it’s easy to get a real-time tour of the home without leaving your couch.
Sign documents digitally
We’ll admit, buying or selling a home requires quite a bit of paperwork, which means signing documents. But in most cases, those documents can be signed digitally. Agents and lenders can upload documents that can be signed with an electronic signature, eliminating the need for face-to-face contact.
For many services related to the closing of the home, such as hiring a home inspector, services can be paid for online using a credit card. In other cases, such as money needed at closing, a wire transfer can be arranged to come directly from your bank. Just be sure to have a wire transfer plan in place with your agent so you don’t become a victim of wire fraud.
Get a drive-by appraisal
If you’re borrowing money to pay for your North County, then your lender will require an appraisal of the property. Typically, appraisals are done in person. However, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have loosened restrictions on appraisals. Appraisers can now conduct drive-by or desktop appraisals, eliminating the need to enter the home.
Contact the Clark & Gilman Team today
Even though our world has been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, it is still possible to buy or sell a North County San Diego home at this time. Contact the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected] to get started.