Some Buyers Test Drive Properties Before Purchasing|realtor Publication

Tue 03 March 2015

Marketing Vacation Homes Vacation Home Tip Sheet The homebuilder Toll Brothers is offering a "Fly and Buy" program for potential buyers traveling to a new town to try out a guest unit in some of their communities, or nearby hotels (if guest units arent available). The travel costs can be applied to the purchase contract, if they decide to buy. Honua Kai Resort & Spa, a luxury condo complex in Maui, is offering a Stay and Play program, where potential buyers can rent condos between $250 and $2,200 per night. If they decide to purchase a condo, the cost of the stay can be applied to their purchase. Also, Wheelhaus, a company that manufactures luxury prefab houses as small as 400 square feet, launched a "try before you buy" campaign. Potential buyers who are willing to travel to the companys headquarters in Jackson, Wyo., can spend the night at a resort made up of several Wheelhaus models. The company then agrees to fully reimburses the cost of a stay if the buyer ends up purchasing one of the homes. For some buyers, the option to stay-over can be just the motivation they need to buy, though these opportunities to stay-over in a home prior to a purchase remain rare. However some real estate professionals say they are receiving more requests from their buyers more information about it. Carol Bird, a real estate professional in Malibu, Calif., says one client asked to spend a significant amount of time in a home listed to get a sense of the traffic noise during different times of the day, while another buyer wanted to try out the homes many high-tech features. "Either they already liked the house and then change their mind and you lose the deal, or it stays the same," says Bird, who doesnt think offering to learn more buyers a "test-run" is a good idea.

Volvo Will Test Self-Driving Cars With Real Customers in 2017 | WIRED

It can automatically and safely follow a car in stop-and-go traffic. It can parallel park largely on its own, with the driver only tending to the gas and brake. Volvo hasnt said much about what capabilities its Drive Me vehicles will have, but says the production-viable system will be capable of handling an array of scenarios, from smooth commuting to heavy traffic and emergency situations. Itll do things like maintain a safe distance from other cars, merge into traffic, and change lanes when necessary. Autonomous mode will be limited to 30 miles of pre-approved roads in Gothenburg, Sweden (where Volvos based), mostly urban highways, with no pedestrians, cyclists, or oncoming traffic. Drivers will be representative of Volvos customer base, and will include, to the degree possible, people skeptical of autonomous tech. Theyll have to be sober, awake and alert whenever theyre in the car, and ready to take over if the car encounters tricky conditions like rough weather or debris in the road. But the idea is to have the car do most of the work, particularly in the event of an emergency, because these circumstances (like an imminent crash) are where computers are expected to out-perform humans.

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