But the uses of virtual reality technology go beyond entertainment. Here are a few ways VR is making its way into real estate.
1. Open houses
Virtual reality headsets, about the size of a scuba mask, can provide 360-degree virtual reality property tours of homes. The headsets completely fill the user’s field of vision with a view of the home, allowing them to look up, down and from side to side. Developers are working on adding more tactile features to the experience, so users can do things like see their own hand opening a door, reports the New York Times. They’re even developing smells. One day Realtors might be able to add the smell of virtually baking cookies to their virtual open house.
2. Long-distance shopping
Virtual reality home tours give out-of-town buyers (and local buyers, too) another tool to help narrow down their choices of homes they’d like to physically visit in a limited amount of time.
More affordable than hiring a pro to stage your home, several virtual options allow you to add furniture and decorations to vacant rooms using computer technology. It can help buyers envision a property with different furniture and paint.
There’s a lot more to a real estate transaction than VR goggles can replace. When you’re ready to buy or sell your home, work with an experienced RE/MAX agent. You can find one here.