More people are staying home or curbing their social and professional gatherings. But with the help of a few applications, you can conduct business as usual with real estate clients.
Right now, much of the country is engaging in social distancing because of COVID-19 concerns worldwide. This process could take a while, depending on the virus’ behavior and what is deemed best by local and national authorities.
What does this uncertainty mean for you as a real estate agent? You may have trouble getting facetime with buyers and sellers, and you will definitely need new strategies. Virtual meetings will help you stay in touch with clients and potential clients without having to meet in person, and, with the number of applications available, there’s no reason to cease communication and lose those deals.
If you’ve never conducted a virtual meeting before via Skype, Zoom or a similar application, here are the upsides to doing so:
Virtual meetings can be held anywhere.
If you’re stuck in your car because the pick-up line at school long or at home with a sick family member, virtual meetings can keep things on schedule.
Virtual meetings are safe during COVID-19.
For those who want to be cautious and avoid social contact, virtual meetings help.
Virtual meetings require fewer resources.
All you need for a virtual meeting is wi-fi. You don’t need gas, a babysitter or any of the other resources that an in-person meeting may require.
So what applications are best for conducting meetings virtually? We’ve rounded up a handful of popular choices that are either free or low-cost. There are others, of course, but these are ideal for agents who are not certain they want to make a long-term investment.
Zoom is popular thanks to its user friendliness and variety of pricing options. Depending on how many “bells and whistles” you are looking for, the Basic package is likely to work for you. And, if you find that it works well for you, just for a few more dollars per month, you can add more controls, more hosts, support, company branding and more.
Not only can you use Join Me on your laptop, smartphone or tablet, 10 people can view your screen -- yes, even with the free version -- making it a smart choice if you’re giving a listing presentation.
Though Skype might have the reputation as being more for chatting socially, don’t discount it for a quick and easy meeting. Downloads aren’t required, which means your clients can join a meeting with you without using up space. Simply share the link.
The great thing about ClickMeeting is that you can pretty much try all the (impressive) features for 30 days, absolutely free. After 30 days, there are a couple of pricing options, starting at $25 per month. The platform touts itself as being great for webinars, but one-on-one meetings are easy, too.
Google Hangouts Meet
Most of us use Google for something, whether it’s email or business reviews. So why not use it for virtual meetings? Hangouts Meet, the newest version of classic Google Hangouts, offers businesses the opportunity to meet as a group and use other GSuite products, such as calendars.
Like Hangouts, Duo offers a free video meeting solution. Curious about the difference? Duo is known for being a stable connection and more video-friendly, since Hangouts offers other features (like instant messaging). For one-on-one meetings, Duo is our choice.