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Las Vegas area realtors carve out new reality for selling homes

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Posted at 7:46 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 23:19:50-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It's pretty tough to buy or sell a home when you're not supposed to leave home! With open houses closed off, 13 Investigates Anchor Tricia Kean looks at how realtors are carving out a new reality.

VIRTUAL TOURS

"All new hardware throughout. Absolutely gorgeous," said Real Estate Broker Trish Nash, walking through a home with her cellphone on a selfie stick.

Gov. Steve Sisolak says Nevada realtors cannot walk potential buyers through a home during the coronavirus pandemic. Still, that's exactly what Nash is doing virtually.

"So we’ve got your oven and your microwave," said Nash to her clients from the safety of Facebook. "Convection oven, gas cook top."

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SURPRISING RESULTS

With just a smartphone and a scheduled Facebook Live, she's able to walk her clients through a Henderson home while maintaining proper social distancing standards.

Nash is trying this for the first time and says she's surprised by the results.

"The reaction we are getting from people, people are really engaging," she said. "It was really interesting to see all the people that were actually part of the virtual tour today."

'JUST AMAZING TO ME'

She's also surprised by the level of detail her viewers actually see.

"The quality of the photos and videos that we can get just from a simple iPhone, I mean that is just amazing to me," said Nash. "Five years ago we couldn’t have done that. 10 years ago, forget it."

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'IT'S A GOOD IDEA'

The truth is, people are moving forward, even in the middle of a pandemic.

"I think it’s a good idea. There’s folks that need to sell their homes," said homeowner Jim Tomcik. "There’s folks that need to actually buy homes."

He owns the home in Nash's virtual tour. Despite the current climate, he's hoping to sell in 30 to 45 days.

NUMBER ONE LISTING

"Our house has been on the market for six days," said Tomcik. "We’re actually the number one listing in online reviews. We have 1,179 views, 64 saves in six days."

Nash says if you're looking to buy or sell, don't be afraid to try.

"People are looking," said Nash. "So if you're truly an interested seller, I would say go ahead and take the leap."

"Put your home on the market," she added. "The buyers that we have out there, they’re motivated buyers."