21 Mar How COVID-19 is Changing Real Estate
What’s happening right now with COVID-19 seems hard to grasp and it’s changing on a daily (if not hourly basis). This pandemic is not something to take lightly, so of course it’s not business as usual. Here’s how my business is changing and how I can still support you over the coming weeks.
This is an unprecedented time. If you have any questions or need some advice on your family’s real estate situation amid what’s going on, please reach out anytime. I’m happy to have a simple chat or have a more formal consultation to help you make your decisions. There’s never any obligation on your end.
Virtual Consultations for Buyers and Sellers
Consultations are more important than ever for both buyers and sellers, and can be facilitated over email, phone, or video calls. With the changing health and economic environments, it’s important for us to discuss what makes the most sense for you. I will always put your best interests first. Everyone’s situation is different, so understanding risks, protections, timelines and general options is so important.
At this time, I will not be conducting open houses. Ontario’s Real Estate Association, local board associations, and brokerages are all opposed to open houses at this current time. Despite hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, the risk to the public (and to the seller’s family) is too high.
I would encourage virtual showings at this time if possible! There are a couple levels to this:
- We can review a home’s video/virtual tour/floor plans together (through a phone call or video call).
- At this time, if a home doesn’t have these types of virtual marketing available, I can conduct a showing by myself and show you the home through a video call. I have helped buyers purchase this way previous to COVID-19, and they were very happy with the process.
- In some cases, I can facilitate an in-person showing. There are restrictions to these showings (in line with public health recommendations) regarding people who have traveled, number of attendees, social distancing and touching any surfaces.
Offers and Paperwork
Technology is a wonderful thing! I’ve been using secure e-signature programs for the past couple years. It’s a quick and easy process that allows you to review and sign offers and paperwork from wherever you are, via a smartphone, tablet or computer. With all paperwork, I will give you a call to walk you through exactly what you are signing, so you have every opportunity to ask questions and fully understand your contracts.