“Homebuyers … are taking live, interactive video tours via FaceTime and Skype. When those 3D images are viewed through a VR headset, “it’s like you’re really there,” said Andrew Crefeld, founder and CEO of HouseLens.
Realtor Gary Ashton might have been sitting in his office near downtown Nashville, but thanks to the virtual-reality headset strapped to his face, his eyes were telling him he was walking through a house.
That’s the appeal of virtual reality, or VR, which Ashton believes is the next frontier in real estate, enabling homebuyers in other cities or countries to remotely tour houses they might want to buy in Nashville without ever leaving home. Local buyers can skip the inconvenience of open houses.
“You can be in Chicago or Australia, put on a pair of goggles and walk through a house in Nashville,” said Ashton.