Here or There?

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It doesn’t matter if you’re located here or there-buying and selling Cincinnati real estate chugs on.

I’ve noticed many of our snowbird neighbors don’t seem to be in any hurry to return to the Cincinnati area.  Whether they opted to stay in the warm weather regions longer or were caught in state lockdowns- homes remain unoccupied.

Staying healthy is the primary goal!  But if we’ve learned anything in the last 5 weeks it’s not necessary to be here to buy or sell a home.

Video chats, touchless closings, and electronic contracts make it possible to buy and sell a property without ever leaving your easy chair.  For many out-of-town buyers, it’s a leap of faith to purchase their next home based on a live video tour.


Buyer’s agents with little or no face-to-face contact with remotely located clients are becoming sleuth detectives on the ground.

The same is true for listing your greater Cincinnati home.  Paperwork via computer, marketing, and pricing strategies via video chat and like magic you’re listed in the MLS.

All paperwork is handled electronically and there isn’t any need to have a computer with special software or any computer at all.  But magic takes coordination and approvals.  For example, before your agent can open their phone and begin a Facebook (or some other type of live video) tour permission must be obtained from the seller.  Realtors® don’t have the right to just walk into any occupied or unoccupied property and start photographing or videography.

The bottom line for buyers and sellers can list and buy a home/condo without ever having person-to-person contact with agents, lenders, appraisers or inspectors.  Cincinnati is still considered a seller’s market or more buyers than and too few listings.