Our community is the heart of our business, and our hearts are with you. The COVID-19 health crisis is not over yet, but working through this as a community has also made us feel incredible gratitude for the way our real estate family can pull together, innovate, and support one another in a time of need.
To protect your health and safety, we are changing the way we work and evolving our services to help you safely meet your real estate goals.
We’re Doing Business With Your Safety In Mind
Things aren’t back to normal yet, but we’re open for business at RSIR. What does that mean exactly? It means, at the heart of it, that we’re putting people—and their health and well-being—above everything else. It means we’re adhering to social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines, limiting large gatherings, and swapping some in-person events, like open houses, for virtual ones. And it means we’re working in the safest and most innovative ways we can think of to fulfill our clients’ needs and to continue serving everyone in the best way possible, while following CDC recommendations and government guidelines to keep our communities safe.
Communication Is Everything at Times Like These
We will continue doing our best to send consistent messaging and communication as the situation evolves. No crisis can change our commitment to you, which is that you will always be kept up-to-date on the latest developments, government orders, and best practices and recommendations, so there are no surprises. As part of the RSIR network, you can rest assured you’ll never be in the dark or uninformed. Please use the contact form below to reach out to us at any time, and sign up below to receive our newsletter updates and information on our local market.
We’ll Meet Your Goals with Industry-Leading Technology and Resources
We offer access to best-in-class tech, tools, and support that will enable you to reach your real estate goals—you don’t have to set those goals aside or lower your expectations.
Tools You Can Use
Virtual and Video Tours
Digital video—including Facebook Live Scheduled Virtual Open Houses and Virtual Tours—is an incredibly easy and powerful way to show properties while social distancing. If a pre-scheduled virtual open house isn’t ideal for whatever reason, applications like FaceTime (for Apple device users), Microsoft Teams, Google Duo, and Zoom are free or low-cost options that provide web conferencing with clear video and audio, are easy to learn thanks to readily available online tutorials, and allow you to connect with a real estate advisor at a moment’s notice.
3D Staging via CURATE
is an immersive augmented reality experience exclusive to SIR that allows our brokers to stage a room virtually. Virtual 3D staging is an effective way to visually demonstrate how home interiors can be arranged and decorated to make the best use of available space. It can be difficult to visualize this when touring a home in person, when you can only see the way the current owner has arranged the home. But 3D staging has the added advantage of allowing potential buyers to picture a home as their own before they purchase, which brokers can set up with the touch of a few buttons.
Lifestyle Videos and 3D Tours
Our network of real estate professionals invests in a variety of tools and services to deliver a superior virtual experience. Video and 3D interactive, floor-by-floor walk-throughs of homes (also referred to as matterports) allow potential buyers to explore a property in unmatched detail from the comfort of their own homes.
In-person showings are permitted by appointment in most counties, but the number of people permitted in each home varies by Phase. Face coverings are required to be worn at all times by real estate brokers, their clients, and industry partners (e.g. appraisers, inspectors, photographers, stagers, etc.). Brokers may not provide services to any client who does not wear a face covering.
- In Phase 1 and 1.5 only two people, including the broker are allowed on site, with social distancing.
- In Phase 2, three people including the broker are permitted on site with social distancing.
- In Phase 3, Open Houses may be permitted, however no more than 10 people are permitted on site at one time, including the broker.
- All home tours and showings are conducted at the homeowner’s discretion, and the tour must be conducted in accordance with NWMLS and CDC health regulations.
Connections with Leading Local News Outlets
Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has established exclusive relationships with business and technology outlets like the Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) and GeekWire. Featured on PSBJ’s website and afternoon eNewsletter, “Home of the Day is an exclusive opportunity to showcase your property each month to over 340,000 affluent home buyers with a net worth of over $2.4 million in the Seattle market. Our media partnership with GeekWire features a real-time voting tool that puts consumers in the driver’s seat, allowing them to select the “Home of the Day,” which has more than 2 million unique visitors per month and 27,952 active daily newsletter subscribers. These respected local news sources have also seen an increase in web traffic of 30-50 percent during the month of March.
Our Global Network
Sotheby’s International Realty (SIR) has 23,000 sales associates and 1,000 offices worldwide, covering markets within 70 different countries and territories—the reach of SIR’s global network of professionals is unmatched by any other real estate brand. And with such a vast network across the globe, RSIR and SIR associates already know how to make creative use of technology to connect with each other and their clients, no matter where they might be in the world.
While our physical offices in many locations have minimal staffing right now to ensure our employees’ and our clients’ safety, it is still easy to connect with us virtually through our online storefronts, our websites. SIR.com is the most visited luxury real estate website in the world, with 34 million visits in 2019. We are always available online at SIR.com and RSIR.com, as well as by phone, email, or video calls.
Our connections to the Sotheby’s brand worldwide and network of 285 brokers here in the Greater Puget Sound region means that someone always has your back. Wherever you are, you can count on the support and expertise of our entire family of real estate professionals.
Our reporting tool provides online seller reports and allows real estate brokers to monitor their listings’ performance in real time. Brokers can easily discover where potential buyers are interacting with their listings, as well as utilize responsive presentations tailored for use on digital devices like smartphones and tablets.
Regular Market Updates and Reports
Our team of experienced real estate brokers and leading market experts means you’ll always have access to the latest data and insights to help you make the most informed decisions possible. In addition to a comprehensive annual report, RSIR also produces quarterly and monthly market trackers. Please visit RSIR.com for the most current reports and up-to-date information.
Social Ad Engine and Reporting
Our custom platform allows properties to be promoted on popular social networks like Facebook and Instagram in minutes. The campaigns we create are always based on your unique goals and will drive awareness of and traffic to your property, so that you can be sure your home is viewed by as many potential buyers as possible.
If you are listing your home, our brokers can still engage the services of a photographer on your behalf to shoot high-quality, professional images of your property and promote your home in the best possible light on our global platform.
We’re Grateful to Have You As Part of Our Community
Though this is an unusual time for us all, business can and is still continuing, and it is important to remember that this is only temporary–things won’t be like this forever.
We’re happy you’re here, and happy to do whatever we can to help you right now—we’re here for you.
We have the tools, the skills, the knowledge, and the leadership to come out on the other side of this stronger than ever before. We’re in this together.
Don’t hesitate to connect with us at any time if you have questions, need advice, or would like to discuss your home buying or selling needs.