The Socially-Distant Apartment Hunt: Why Virtual Tours Work


In recent weeks, necessary regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have majorly upended many daily processes and practices, and the apartment rental process has been no exception. While the world may feel like it’s on hold, thousands of people in cities across the country still need to find housing. At Common, we’ve always placed an emphasis on innovation and technology, and we have the flexibility and in-house operations team in place to adapt and continue providing an excellent rental experience during this crisis.

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Common is currently managing over 1,600 coliving and micro-units in seven cities across the country, and we take the health of our staff and those members very seriously. 

In response, we’ve put a new emphasis on virtual tours and social distancing to help keep our community, our team, and our prospective members safe. Apartment hunters are finding virtual tours to be a helpful tool in the rental process: we’ve increased the amount of daily virtual tours by 66% in the past two weeks — that’s 50 virtual tours a day. 

Common’s team of in-house leasing agents are experts in conducting virtual tours of our 40+ properties for potential tenants, with almost 30% of Common renters applying for an apartment after having a virtual tour. In fact, 1 in 3 people who tour their apartment virtually sends in an application that same day.virtual tours apartment huntAs Common continues to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 within our communities, we will now mandate virtual touring for all buildings nationwide, and continue adapting our policies and procedures to meet the current environment.

If you or anyone you know is looking for housing in NYC, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, or San Francisco please head over to our site to book a virtual tour! If you have any specific questions for our team, please feel free to reach us directly at

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