Social virtuality has become a permanent fixture of post-pandemic living with a range of new technologies and schemes implemented to capitalise and enhance this reality.
A new platform has been developed to capitalise on a fixture of pandemic real estate that will remain moving forward: virtual buyers’ inspections.
Research from Zoom Qualtrics has found that 57 per cent of Australians would prefer their real estate transactions be undertaken using a hybrid of virtual and in-person methods.
With over half the population demanding adaptation from the industry, agents cannot afford to ignore the innovation and must adapt, according to Little Hinges co-founder and chief executive Josh Callaghan.
“Top real estate agents all want to capture more leads and qualify them faster, [so] they can spend more time on the buyers with the highest propensity to purchase,” he said.
“We want to give real estate agents the ability to use our digital tools to capture, qualify and convert serious buyers, while also allowing buyers to inspect property anywhere, anytime; this is when they are the most engaged in their property search.”
It’s why Little Hinges has developed “Inspect Now”. The newly designed system will prompt buyers to enter their details, such as how far into their purchase journey they are, while allowing them to place non-binding offers and share their opinion on a property’s value.
For agents, the software will reportedly allow them to view how long buyers spend inspecting different areas of the property as well as the location they are inspecting from.
Inspect Now also has the ability to allow non-local purchasers to view and buy property, a prospect Mr Callaghan claims is enticing to sellers who “want to make their properties available to cashed-up interstate and international buyers who can’t attend in-person open homes”.
According to Little Hinges, Inspect Now will allow this category of buyers to place offers and express their ability to complete the purchase to the agent, which in turn accelerates the process for all three involved parties: buyers, sellers and agents.