In these uncertain times, Watson remains committed to your real estate needs. We’ve taken our home-buying and selling processes digital to offer you the same legendary quality of service you’re used to while adhering to social distancing practices. Buying or selling a home digitally is easy; read on to find out how.
Buying a Home
1) Finding an Agent
If you haven’t already partnered with a real estate agent, you can easily find one via our website. Once you’ve found someone you like, you can consult with them via email, phone, or text to talk about your home wish list, areas in which you’re looking, and more.
2) Getting Pre-Qualified
Applying for a loan online is simple. Just create an account with Watson Mortgage Corp. and get started. 15 short minutes later, you’ll see how much you qualify for!
3) Touring Properties
Your agent will send multiple properties to review online. Once you’ve narrowed down your favorites, your agent can arrange a virtual tour via video. If you and the seller are comfortable with it, you may still be able to arrange an in-person tour.
4) Making an Offer
A written offer containing details like financing method, cancellation terms, repairs, and more will be prepared over the phone or via email and will be submitted to the seller digitally. If further negotiations are required, they will also be handled over the phone or via email.
We’ve altered our closing process to reduce the number of parties needed at signing. Once all terms are agreed upon and necessary paperwork has been filed, signings will occur in a staggered fashion – usually the seller goes first and then the buyer. And just like that, you’ve bought a house safely and conveniently!
Selling a Home
1) Finding an Agent
As with finding an agent when buying a home, you can easily find an agent you like via our website. Once you’ve secured an agent, you’ll consult with them over phone, email, or text to discuss your selling goals, proposed timeline, and more.
2) Prepping Your Home to Sell
If you’re comfortable with it, your agent can visit your home to give advice on which projects you should tackle before putting your home on the market. You can also organize a video call if you’d rather stay digital.
3) Listing Your Home
Your agent will consult with you via phone, email, or text to set a reasonable asking price that will give your home the best chance to attract buyers. They’ll email you a comparative market analysis that tracks the selling price of similar homes in your neighborhood to help determine your home’s value. Once you’ve settled on a listing price, your agent will consult with you digitally to develop a customized marketing strategy for your home.
4) Showing Your Home
Virtual tours make showing your home during these times easy and safe. Your agent will perform a walkthrough of your house, filming the entire tour with their smartphone or camera. The virtual tour can also be performed live via Facetime or another streaming service.
Virtual tours are the recommended way to show your home during these times, but in-person showings can be offered to buyers who are pre-approved and qualified to buy, and who have given their intent to buy the home.
5) Receiving Offers and Closing
Your agent will submit offers to you digitally via email and discuss the terms of the offer with you over phone or email. Any further negotiations will be handled the same way. Once you’ve accepted an offer, your agent can work with you to schedule independent inspections and appraisals with respect to your schedule and comfort level. After all requirements have been met, your agent will have you sign the final sales agreement in a staggered fashion – seller first, then buyer.
If you have any further questions about buying or selling a home digitally, feel free to contact your real estate agent directly or contact us here.