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How To Provide A Virtual Open House After The Wake Of Covid 19 Social Distancing.

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How can a home owner, who is intent on selling their home, provide a safe alternative to an open house when the coronavirus is at the forefront of everyone's mind?  An essential part of the home purchasing process is the experience of seeing a variety of homes and comparing them via open houses.  The majority of home owners are concerned about how to sell their home without opening themselves up to a traditional open house and unnecessary exposure to viruses or run-of-the-mill bugs from the general public.  Because of COVID-19, standard practices are no longer considered safe or even comfortable. Home owners are caught between opening their homes to the public to allow a larger swath of potential buyers the opportunity to view the inside of their home or allowing a much smaller ‘by appointment only’ group of qualified buyers a peek inside.

What if there was a way to keep the open house concept, but in a more restrictive environment, without losing the potential to sell a home? What if individuals could tour a home live, but through their home computer, tablet, or Android phone with the help of the real estate agent hosting the open house?  HouseList.com makes this now possible with virtual open houses.  The first and only real estate listing service to allow Realtors or home owners to present a live virtual open house. Utilizing this service would eliminate the potential of a home owner and potential buyers from becoming infected with any number of viruses or unintentionally infecting others when showing no signs of illness. Videoconferencing open houses are so easy to set up through HouseList.com. When a potential buyer spots a for sale sign and an open house sign in your yard, and sees you’re listed on HouseList.com, they can access a video address, unique to you, that can be viewed on a home computer, tablet, or Android phone.   

Because of the improvements in videoconferencing technology, which have made almost any cell phone and tablet capable of portable videoconferencing, anyone can visit HouseList.com and click on the virtual open house link to initiate a video chat with the realtor hosting the virtual open house - without downloading any software or registering for the video service. The realtor can host a virtual open house through HouseList.com for one person or for several potential buyers at one time.

This new virtual open house service provided by HouseList.com is just another ‘tool’ to make the home selling and buying process as safe and streamlined as possible.  It also keeps the looky-loos at bay and satisfies the curiosity of others. And when a home owner is ready to begin taking serious offers, the realtor can show the house in person to bona fide buyers. Now, how it works: (Get Started)

Step One: Realtor or property owner must log into their account on HouseList.com and add the property they want to feature in a virtual open house. (See tutorial on listing a property: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzZgzjMYUhI&t=6s)

Step Two: Click on ‘Manage’ at the top of the page within the menu.

Step Three: You will see a list of all your properties.  Find the property you want to feature in a virtual open house and click the ‘Edit” button after that property. 

Step Four: Once you have selected the Edit button after the appropriate property, you will see two buttons listed at the bottom of the individual property listing. 

Step Five: The Virtual Tour button will guide you to a wizard where you will type in the date and time of the virtual open house.  Please follow the instructions, and click ‘Add Tour.’

Step Six: Once Step Five is completed, you will have an Open House Online button on the property listing you are featuring.  Please go to the live page to review the listing.
 

Step Seven: Remember to post the video tour on the same day as the open house. It will make it easier for you, the home owner or Realtor, to control the Video Tour of the open house. (You can copy the listing link in the URL address bar of your property for future Video Tours of the open house so it doesn’t appear until you’re ready.) 

Step Eight: After you have posted the video of the open house, you can either copy the link that has been created and post it on an address bar or you can visit the live listing on HouseList.com to see how it looks. 

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What Is The Difference Between A Warranty Deed And A Quit Claim Deed?

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A Warranty Deed is the transfer of real estate from one person to another, which warrants good and clear title to the real estate transferred. This means that the grantor (the person issuing the Warranty Deed) will defend and guarantee the worthiness of title to the grantee (the purchaser or person receiving the property) against any persons or entities making claims against the property.  In many states, a Warranty Deed often includes some or all of the following covenants: seisin, quiet enjoyment, right to convey, freedom from encumbrances, and defense of title against all claims.

In a Quit Claim Deed, the grantor transfers to the grantee all the right, claim, or interest in the real estate that the grantor possesses. It does not contain any of the covenants or warranties found in a Warranty Deed. It does not covenant or warrant that the grantor's interest in the real estate is valid, but simply transfers any interest, claimed by the grantor, to the grantee.

A Warranty Deed provides a buyer of real estate property far more protection than a Quit Claim Deed.

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What Is The Difference Between An Offer To Buy Real Estate And A Real Estate Contract?

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It is important to note that an Offer to Buy Real Estate and a Real Estate Contract are not the same thing.

An Offer to Buy Real Estate or a Purchase Agreement are contracts between a buyer and a seller agreeing that a sale of real estate will take place in the future between the parties. It usually includes the purchase price, the description of the real estate to be sold, the identities of the parties, the date when the sale will be closed, and when possession of the real estate is to be transferred to the buyer. In most Jurisdictions, an Offer to Buy Real Estate or a Purchase Agreement is not the actual conveyance or transfer of title.

A Real Estate Contract is an agreement to transfer the title to real estate to a person, at some specified time in the future, contingent upon that person completing all payments for the real estate at the set purchase price. The Real Estate Contract contemplates and outlines the execution of a deed in the future.  The seller is known as a vendor and the buyer is known as a vendee.  The vendor gives a deed to the vendee once the vendee has performed their obligations under the contract. Until such time, the vendor retains title to the real estate.

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