The Utah Real Estate Association is touting virtual housing as a solution to the “virtual reality problem.”
But the association has not yet come up with any examples of its members living in the virtual housing, instead relying on its members’ own housing data to provide listings.
The Utah real estate association has a virtual housing policy, but it’s unclear what it entails.
A Utah realtor who wished to remain anonymous said the association is using the Utah virtual housing program because it can be used to offer rentals on a more regular basis, but the real estate agent said she’s not aware of any real estate agents in the state using it.
Utah real estate group President and CEO John Stoddard declined to say if its virtual housing was part of its policy or not.
Utah realtor Karen Stoddards said she hasn’t seen any virtual housing offered by the association, but she said she is concerned about the safety of her customers and that it’s not worth using to rent out properties in the real world.
She said she has seen several clients who have rented out a virtual house with no safety measures in place, such as no locks or doors, to make it harder to get into.
She said she would recommend anyone who uses Utah realty to call the association and get the rental policy changed.