Drones and VR are transforming real estate. To the surprise of no one, of course. After all, technology has changed everything else, from how we communicate in general, to how we communicate in isolation. You will never meet Wall-E but for $800 you can meet Kuri – WallE’s nonfictional cousin.
Meanwhile, glass batteries offer the promise of quicker charging. Artificial intelligence continues its journey for dominance over humans by taking over certain jobs – even lawyering. And none other than the home of Aladdin and Frozen (Disney) is at the forefront of research and development into wireless power.
Enter real estate.
The Federal Aviation Administration recently allowed people to use drones without a drone’s license – though it still requires a drone certificate fro $150 (not counting the $2000 for the drone itself).
Aerial photography can be useful in real estate where prospective home buyers walk through homes not just to check out what’s inside, but what’s outside as well. It’s critical for buyers to have a feel for the neighborhood. You can learn drone photography on the fly for a relatively small fee. The photography itself projects to become “industry standard”.
For realtors wanting to get involved, just make sure you have insurance. You’d hate for the most memorable part of your wedding to be the lawsuit you were hit with after your drone hit the bride.
In addition to drones, VR is another promising step towards making the process of buying a home more ‘advanced’.
As Forbes recently observed, managing time as effectively as possible for real estate agents can be a hurdle onto itself. And just like a fast food menu, buyers hope that the real thing is “just like the pictures”. VR could help, “offering the possibility to virtually visit a lot more homes in a lot less time. This will naturally increase sales efficiency, as well as allow the ability to see more potential buyers.”
Technology has changed how we live, for better or for worse. We haven’t reached the point where your home can get out of bed in the morning and go to work for you. But homes can learn how to shop for you, assess your mood, and make your calls. Our origami is learning how to walk and swim. And our beer buckets can hitchhike. Who knows how long it’ll be before realtors start selling buyers not merely homes with addresses, but homes with first names. Homes have already learned how to argue with each other, after all.
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