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Would you buy a home you’ve never seen in person? That’s exactly what more and more home buyers are doing, thanks to changes in the real estate industry brought on by COVID-19, and the rapid development of sophisticated technology that makes shopping for a home through virtual tours a new normal. 

Virtual home tours are on the rise, in some cases replacing in-home showings altogether, for a number of reasons including convenience, safety, and efficiency. When COVID-19 arrived, home buyers quickly became accustomed to using virtual tours when restrictions made in-home showings impossible. Even as pandemic restrictions eased, travel bans caused difficulties for out-of-state buyers who had to rely heavily on real estate websites, virtual tours, and the boots-on-the-ground expertise of a local real estate agent.