House hunting isn’t just about roving the streets and stopping at For Sale signs anymore; instead, prospective buyers will spend hours trawling the Internet to find their future home. The editor of CurbedSF, the San Francisco site of Curbed.com, a real estate blog that reports on the best—and worst—currently on offer in several major cities, gives insight into the world of virtual open houses.
You’ve heard it thousands of times on TV, the radio, and in junk mail—spurious ads delivered with forehead-vein-popping enthusiasm by robot-faced dudes in shoddy suits. Bad credit? Expensive city? First-time buyer? No problem! You—yes YOU!—can own your very own home.