Business As Usual-Ish
With everything in the news that has been unfolding, I’ve had people asking me if I’m still working or not.
Yes, I’m still actively working with clients who want and need to buy or sell real estate.
While real estate does put me in contact with a lot of people, it’s not a lot of people at any given moment — and it’s easy enough to adhere to the recommended precautions and distance between each other.
For the most part, it’s business as usual-ish. The “ish” being that I’m certainly approaching my interactions and daily travels with more thought and care than usual:
- Face to face meetings as brief as possible, and only when necessary.
- Doing as much as we can do remotely and without meeting in person.
- And of course, no hugs, high fives, or handshakes with my clients when we get their house sold or they close on the house of their dreams. (You’ll have to take a rain check for those.)
Of course, if things change, I’ll let you know. But for now, it’s more or less business as usual.
As you can imagine, some home buyers and home sellers are considering taking their house off the market or put things on pause, until the Coronovirus has passed, or is at least under control.
For some people that’s totally fine to do. If they have no absolute need to sell or buy a home, and can wait it out until they feel more comfortable, they should just wait it out.
However it’s just not that cut and dry for a lot of buyers and sellers. Life can’t be put on hold entirely — especially since we don’t really know how long “waiting it out” will be. So for a lot of clients, the question has become how should we proceed?
So here’s what I’ve been doing so my clients and I can lower the risk of exposure, and do our part to “flatten the curve” as they say…
- Video walk-through tours by yours truly of your home or homes buyers might be interested in.
- If interested further and need to get in to see it in person before making an offer, we schedule a time that works best for everyone.
- I advise the agents and buyers not to come see the house if they are feeling sick, or have been recently exposed.
- I also make sure that the buyer is indeed serious and qualified before allowing the appointment, more so than I even typically do.
- We will assure agents and buyers that you’ve done your best to disinfect all surfaces they may touch.
- After the showing, give any surfaces they may have touched, such as door knobs, another cleaning.
- Reviewing offers, negotiating, and any other paperwork throughout the process can be done remotely. I will send it to you digitally, and we can go over it in real time or on the phone.
- And of course, throughout the process, we will keep any in-person, face-to-face meetings to a bare minimum and follow the recommended distancing advice.
Of course, if you want to hold off, by all means do so. However, if you’re in a position where you need to buy or sell your home for whatever reason, this is actually a good time to do so. You’ll likely find less competition, and the buyers who are looking are obviously serious and need to buy a house. We just need to take more precautions than usual to keep us all safe and healthy while continuing to live as normally as possible.
Either way, hang in there! This too shall pass!