Amid the crisis that we are in, homes are selling and buyers are still home shopping. The National Association of Realtors has suggested some guidelines for our current situation.
Here are the Top 5 Changes I expect to see in our real estate market.
1. A Realtor may ask you more questions. It’s OK to ask all clients or others about their recent travel, particularly to areas identified as having an increased risk of coronavirus.
2. New Open house Rules. I will evaluate with you an honest pros and cons of hosting an Open house. I rely on state and local health authorities about the severity of the risk in our area at the given time. Some changes you may see is requiring all visitors to disinfect theirs hands upon entering the home, limited amount of people entering the home at one time, and provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers at entry way as well as soap dispensers and disposable towels in bathrooms. After the open house, I recommend that your clean and disinfect your home, especially commonly touched areas like doorknobs and faucet handles. Alternative solution, we may offer virtual tours, 3-D scans, and video tours to show case the home.
3. Keep a Safe Distance & Sanitize. Practice social distancing by staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
4. Clean House Hunting. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer and shoe booties should be provided at home entry. I recommend home sellers disinfect their home after a showing.
5. Limited Touch Showing. I request that buyers cognitively view homes and limit unnecessary hands on surfaces.
The following resources provide property owners with assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. https://www.nar.realtor/coronavirus-resources-for-property-owners
The situation is rapidly changing, so we will focus on putting policies and procedures in place to keep all safe, informed, and to avoid business disruption in the event the situation worsens. Please visit complete list of CDC Guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/