With a new confinement period starting again in several European countries, and from this Friday in France, property buyers will not be authorised to view properties, nor to visit estate agents. Instead the French housing ministry encourages buyers and agents to do virtual visits instead. So in the same way workers and companies are required to adapt to home working, or use click and collect internet websites instead of going to supermarkets, property buyers are encouraged to further their search through the internet and the collaborative tools that exist.
Can agents support buyers in a “remote search”?
Property portals and websites are perfect for identifying potential properties of interest. But if you need more details and want to see a house remote, today not many French agents are equipped to run virtual visits. Also, unless they know the buyer is serious, even the agents who could do a virtual visit, will often not be motivated to do so.
On the other hand, a property finder is used to meeting buyers’ requests, as we always work for the buyer rather than the seller. It is normal for a property finder to do upfront visits for clients who do not live locally. Smartfinder Home often check houses in advance, sending a complete set of photos and videos of a property that has been shortlisted by a buyer. In addition, we can also run virtual visits with whatever application you prefer – Facetime, Skype, Teams or Zoom. This way we can show you round a property and answer your questions as we move from room to room, so you can ask us to point the camera in any direction. And if you are concerned at the state of a property, we can take high definition photos and get further advice from professionals.
The 2 other key factors when buying a property
Beyond the style and layout of a property, the 2 key factors in making a buying decision is of course the situation of the property and knowing if it is at market price.
If you know from past visits the area you are searching in, that is ideal. If you do not know the area, google maps and street view are fantastic tools. But they will not indicate the level of road noise nor give you an idea the neighbourhood. Therefore, you need an expert who knows the different areas and can give you realistic view of house prices. And as a property finder is not limited to a portfolio of properties and that objective feedback is given, it is quite evident that there is no better way to find a property, especially in current circumstances.
Smartfinder Home is the only licensed property finder member of the FFCI covering the French Riviera, the Var and Alpes Maritimes – we will be delighted to help you find your dream property in the South East of France even during confinement !