Realtor aims to take headache out of home search

Posted at 5:17 AM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 12:13:18-04

Searching for a home can be exciting, and frustrating, at the same time. 

Now, a San Diego realtor is aiming to take the headache -- and heartache -- out of finding a new piece of property in San Diego.

Realtor Lauren Taylor said people know within the first two minutes of entering a home whether they're interested or not. 

"So it really doesn't make sense for a homebuyer to visit a property they haven't experienced on video yet," she said. 

Taylor launched Savvy Homes Portal, a tool that helps realtors shoot at 360 degree virtual walkthrough of homes on the market. That prospective buyer slides their smartphone into any virtual reality headset, and gets a guided tour by their own agent. 

Taylor said that could solve the issue of properties not living up to the highly edited photos in their online listings.

"A lot of our homebuyers started t say, this is not the house I saw online," she said. 

Taylor says about 30 agents have signed up for the service, which is free for homebuyers. She says it can especially help military families, who can have little time to find homes or are scheduling around deployments. 

For those who do view listings in person, says to look for red flags like too much scent, water damage, poor tiling, among others.