What is the Best Way to Tour Homes and How Do I Do It?

We've all been there. You found the perfect home, and you're ready to tour it as soon as possible. You reach out to your family-friend real estate agent to speak to the owner and set up a tour. Unfortunately, your agent isn't free until late tomorrow. Next thing you know, someone snuck in and put down an offer on the house before you could even get inside. 

With HomeTraq, you no longer have to wait on a REALTOR to tour a home!

Select the link below to watch a short video explaining how HomeTraq is changing the real estate industry. 

Home Showings Simplified

How it Works

You choose the property

You do this anyway!  You find the home(s) you are interested in online.  HomeTraq gives customers total control of their home buying experience. On-demand home showings is the name of the game. You choose the property you want to tour, not the agent. Once you've decided which home you want to see, you request a viewing through the HomeTraq app, and an agent approves the showing based on YOUR request. 

You choose the date and time

One of the worst feelings is finding a fantastic home that is listed within your budget and having to wait (what seems like forever...) to get inside. HomeTraq allows you to decide the date and time you want to tour the home. It's even possible for clients to tour homes on the same day they submit a request. Also, most requests are approved by an agent within 3-5 minutes. 

No Obligation

We take it a step further by ensuring that you are not obligated to work with a specific agent. This protects you from working with an agent that you're not comfortable with. You are never required to use a particular agent until YOU choose the one you like and YOU choose to sign a buyer's contract with them. 

Our no-obligation policy serves another purpose. Since the agents know that you are not under contract with them and can back out at any time, it serves as an incentive to be as accommodating as possible. Good agents will try to give you a positive showing experience and build an honest relationship with you.

No Solicitation

We do not share your email or phone number with anyone.  YOU choose when you are ready to give it to an agent.  Additionally, not only do they not have the ability to, our network agents have agreed not to contact you until you're ready. Initial communication comes through the chat feature in the HomeTraq app.  Once you have all the details about touring a home, you won't hear from the agent until you view the home. This is meant to protect you from unsolicited calls and emails about properties that you're not interested in. 

Find Your Neighborhood Vibe

We recently launched a new quiz on hometraq.com that helps you determine what neighborhood fits your preferences and personality. The quiz is a playful way to help with what types of homes you should tour. It asks a series of questions about what you prefer in a neighborhood such as where you like to travel, what kind of neighbors you like, and where you like to shop. It takes this information and offers a score in the form of percentages. If you want to find out which neighborhoods you'd enjoy, click on "What's My Neighborhood" on the HomeTraq website. 

In-Person or Live Video Tours

The St. Louis Business Journal recognized HomeTraq for introducing Live Video Tours when the pandemic slowed in-person viewings. Agents are still showing homes in person for those who prefer to see it physically, but you now have the option to choose a virtual tour. Request a live video tour, and a network agent will virtually walk you through the house as if you were there. The agent is still available to answer any questions or fulfill any requests you may have, but it's a safer alternative to viewing a home during uncertain times. 

Other Resources


We partner with an online real estate service that advertises for-sale homes called HomeScout. It uses real MLS (multiple listing service) information to provide up-to-date information on available homes in your area. Here are some unique features you can benefit from if you use HomeScout in your home search: 

  • Save homes you like and get updates if its status changes.
  • Search based on the zip code you want to live in. 
  • Quick access to information about getting pre-approved for a mortgage. 
  • Speak to a loan officer about your loan options.
  • See a map of all for-sale houses in a particular area. 
  • Filter your search by price, size, number of beds/baths, or keyword search. 
  • Have access to information like nearby schools, restaurants, entertainment, and other popular amenities. 

Mortgage pre-approval

We also give you the opportunity to speak with a mortgage lender and explore your financial options. We can get you in contact with a financial professional who can answer any questions or ease any concerns you may have throughout the process. 

We know buying a home is a huge decision. Even if you're not ready to commit yet, we still recommend getting pre-approved for a loan. Pre-approval gives you the peace of mind to know your price range, and you can act quickly once you find a home you want to buy. Most sellers require pre-approval before you put down an offer on the house. 


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