Ryan and Mollie began their home search about six months ago, before COVID-19 really began to impact our lives.
They were ready to leave the east coast and move back to Oregon, where Ryan is originally from, in hopes to be closer to family, enjoy all that Portland has to offer, and find a home for their young family.
Originally, the plan was to get a feel for where in Portland they wanted to live, and what style of house they were after via the internet, and then come the beginning of spring, they would fly out, tour some homes, and purchase one.
Well, come spring , flying to Portland for a few days was out of the question for their family, but they still wanted to move to Portland by July.
It was time to get creative!
The COVID-19 crisis caused on-line real-estate technology to become much more refined and widely used. 3-D tours and Matterport became essential home buying tools. We also found ourselves conducting lots of video tours of homes to try to get a more personal experience without the client actually being there.
All of these tools became essential for Mollie and Ryan’s home purchase. After they identified houses that piqued their interest, we would pass along all the virtual ours, and they also enlisted a trusted Portland friend to look at the homes they liked virtually, in person.
It took some skillful engineering, and a lot of trust on their part, but Ryan and Mollie found a home to love and call their own.