Compass rolls out virtual real estate tools as coronavirus restricts home shopping

HousingWire | April 01, 2020

With more cities and states essentially shutting down in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus, it’s becoming increasingly difficult and potentially unsafe for people who want to buy or sell a home. As evidence of that, several of the biggest real estate companies in the U.S. recently reported a rise in the number of requests for virtual home showings. And it’s in that spirit that Compass, the nation’s fastest-growing real estate brokerage, is rolling out a series of tools for its agents that will allow for virtual showings, virtual open houses, digitally enhanced home listings and more. The program, called Virtual Agent Services, is being rolled out to Compass agents this week. As part of the program, Compass agents will be able to offer the following options as part of the showing experience

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