The way we buy and sell houses has changed over the last few weeks. In the past, open houses and private tours allowed buyers the opportunity to physically see a property. New restrictions make that impossible at this time. While some buyers might try to wait for their chance to “buy the dip” if that happens in a few months, others might want to take advantage of current low interest rates to buy now. Virtual online tours allow you to check out an available Westfield home for sale while you shelter in place. But did you know that you can virtually tour your next neighborhood, too?
Virtually Tour New Neighborhoods From Home
Google Street View
Today’s technology makes social distancing a little easier. It also makes buying a Westfield home during a pandemic a little easier, too. Virtually tour any Westfield neighborhood by utilizing Google Street View to take a virtual walk around town. Simply visit Google Maps on your computer or smartphone. Type in the address of the home you’re interested in. When you do, it should offer you a street view of the address. From there, click on the arrows to move you along the street in whichever direction you wish to go.
Many neighborhoods use social media to keep residents apprised of hyper-local news and information they might find interesting and helpful. Search Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for these groups.
Neighborhood Data Websites
Another way to virtually tour a new neighborhood is by visiting data websites. City-Data, Area Vibes, Great Schools, and even Yelp provide helpful information about the neighborhoods you might be interested in moving into. And those are just a few of the many available online resources at your fingertips.
Review Other Listings
How does this help? You can see what architectural styles are available in your neighborhood of choice. You’ll also see the age of the homes in your new neighborhood. Are they mid-century ranch homes, traditional, colonial? New construction or older? This helps give you a good feel for the community.
Talk to Your Agent
Finally, another way to check out a new neighborhood without ever leaving your home is by talking to your agent. Arrange a time to Facetime with them while they drive the neighborhood for you. Or ask them to take a video of the neighborhood while they’re out sometime. Also, a simple question/answer session about the specific area you’re interested in might help paint a picture for you.
If you are interested in purchasing a home in any Westfield area community, contact me right away. I’ll help in any way I can.