Virtual Tours Are Changing the Way We Buy Homes
Immersive walkthroughs make buying property convenient and hassle-free.
For all condo buyers
(SPOT.ph) Let's travel back in time a little bit—can you still recall the condo unit flyers you used to get when walking through the mall? Back then, if you were interested to know more about a property, you could chat with an agent onsite or schedule a visit to a showroom to see the model units. But living through a pandemic changed all that, and homebuying had to evolve into something more convenient to match the times.
These days, you can’t just drop by a model unit—flyers have become a thing of the past. Real-estate developers are taking things online by coming up with e-brochures and creating immersive walkthroughs of their properties. Virtual tours aren’t exactly new to us; one way or another we’ve encountered 360-degree views on social media and on other websites. What makes some developers’ improved tours useful are the practical features that allow potential homeowners to inspect the unit they’re eyeing while actually feeling like they’re onsite.
If you’re considering getting a condo unit soon, here are some of the cool elements you can maximize when you go on a virtual tour:
Seeing an Aerial View of the Neighborhood
It’s one thing to know the address of the property, and another to see the landmarks near it. Getting familiar with the vicinity lets you envision what commuting would be like should you choose to live there.
Checking Out the Amenities
The amenities are some of the things many homeowners consider when buying a home. Taking a virtual tour lets you see the added features of the property—from the gym and swimming pool, to the function areas and open spaces.
Viewing the Units—Bare or Dressed
It’s common to see fully styled units when you log on to property websites, but seeing a unit bare allows you to appreciate the space more and assess how spacious it is. Switching from bare to dressed view also helps if you’re into interior design and would want to know how you can personalize the unit.
Checking Your View
High-rise living can afford you a fantastic view of the city and the skyline. When you click on the virtual tour of The Residences at Commonwealth by Century, you can step out of the balcony, see the area bare or dressed, then have an idea of what the view is like from your space. Each unit offers different views so if this is one of the most important things for you, don’t forget to check with the agent to ask about the view from the available unit.
Century Properties is just one of the many developers that improved their digital platforms to meet the needs of possible buyers. If you’re in the process of comparing prices and unit cuts, RLC Residences also has virtual tours with its own set of features that aim to help visitors find the best unit for them.
Clicking on the 360-degree tour gives you three viewing options: as a walkthrough, as a dollhouse, and as a floor plan. The floor plan view helps if maximizing space is your number-one concern.
Speaking of maximizing the space, measurements are important when it comes to living in a condo unit just because you don’t want it to end up looking cramped. RLC Residences lets you measure different points within the unit which helps if you want to know if your belongings and existing appliances can fit in the space. Below is a look at Sapphire Bloc in Ortigas:
While using your mobile phone or laptop saves you the trouble of going to the actual property or showroom, seeing the units firsthand or getting a personalized tour is still different. Century Properties offers an online tour in which you can schedule an appointment with a property specialist and he or she will tour you around a property via Zoom. Visits to the property is still possible but needs to be scheduled ahead of time and by making sure you follow safety precautions.
Meanwhile, on its website, RLC Residences also lets homebuyers set an online appointment so they can avail of a free site tour of the property they prefer.
Just as you shop for other essentials, homebuying can be done with a few clicks on your device. But as with other things in life, make sure you discuss your options and possible payment terms with a trustworthy agent.
The Key Details:
The Residences at Commonwealth by Century
Location: Amsterdam Avenue, Don Antonio Drive, Brgy. Batasan Hills, Quezon City
Available units: One-Bedroom, Two-Bedroom, The Suite
Price points: P2.4M – 8.7M
Notable features: Open spaces, usable balconies, and family-friendly amenities like a music room, movie room, arts and crafts room, gym and fitness studio, creche and kindergarten
The Sapphire Bloc
Location: Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Available units: Studio, One-Bedroom, Executive One-Bedroom
Price points: P6.2M – 11.2M
Notable features: Luxe common areas, Wi-Fi lounge, fitness facilities, private theater, game room, massage room/sauna
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