Coronavirus Has Some Buyers Purchasing Homes Without Setting Foot Inside Them

Wall Street Journal Article by Candance Taylor

The growing trend of using Facetime and Zoom to make home-buying decisions may continue after the pandemic.

At the under-construction condo 57 Ocean in Miami Beach, the sales team recently mailed a pair of virtual reality goggles to a buyer to help seal the deal, said sales director Nirka Burns Padilla. The buyer, who lives in San Francisco, was unable to travel to Miami due to the pandemic, and had never visited the site or its sales office. “With those goggles, it feels like he’s walking into the building,” Ms. Padilla said. He’s now in contract to buy a $1.95-million unit as a second home.

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