We've all seen the news lately (non-stop, every day) and we realize our entire world is faced with a lot of uncertainty over the Coronavirus pandemic. With so much going on, real estate decisions may be pushed to the back burner for you, and that it totally understandable. However, sometimes making a move is critical for a job, family, happiness, etc., and cannot be put on hold. Some of you may be in the middle of a home search or trying to sell your house and probably wondering if it is safe to continue, for many reasons.
In short, yes, but there are definitely precautions to take.
The beauty of technology in today's world is that it allows us to conduct pretty much every part of a real estate transaction virtually. This means you can stay safe, and healthy, while continuing to move forward with your real estate (and life) plans.
From start to finish, this process can be done through the use of the internet and some pretty cool apps. We can do a virtual listing appointment with you in order to explain the services we provide our customers and decide on a price for your home. From there, we can do virtual showings, video walk-throughs, and other means of getting your house seen, without having strangers constantly walk through it. If there is a need for someone to be there in person, we take every precaution to use hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and hand washing to make sure every surface stays clean and germ-free.
If someone wants to submit an offer, that paperwork can be done and signed electronically. Attorneys and Title Companies have limited staff or employees working from home that can continue to help with your transaction, all from a safe distance. Even the closing can be done virtually or through the mail if you would prefer to not be there in person.
An economic crisis does not always mean a housing crisis, and as of now, the mortgage rates are still low. This might be a great time to make that move if you are able, or if you need to. We understand if now is not the right time, too, but wanted to reassure you that there are ways to continue to make real estate transactions move forward, safely. We are here to help every step of the way and we hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy.
This, too, shall pass.