The introduction of the coronavirus has impacted everyday life in America in ways that would have previously been hard to imagine. And yet the ability of people to deal with new challenges has never been more apparent. Working (and schooling) at home, mask-wearing and maintaining social distancing are good examples of how we have adapted to such changing circumstances. How we buy and sell houses is another.
For many reasons, people need to be able to buy and sell houses, but most people soon accepted that doing things the old way would be completely irresponsible. So Open Houses were very quickly banned in our area, and how agents were allowed to promote homes for sale was quickly well-regulated. So for the past 9 months or so, agents have been adhering to some quite strict requirements when listing and selling homes for sale. The following is just a partial list of such requirements:
In addition to the above, we have an online booking system in place that ensures that potential buyers have a set time period in which to view the home. By setting specific blocks of time aside for showings, this minimizes any inconvenience for the seller, while at the same time, maximizing seller safety.
All of this makes sure that only serious buyers are viewing homes for sale, and you could reasonably think that it would have the effect of making homes more difficult to sell, and possibly have a negative effect on home values. In practice, our experience is that this is certainly not the case.
Of all the homes we have listed for sale since this began, our viewing numbers have gone through the roof, and our listings have sold within a few days, well over list price, and with multiple offers.
So f you are considering selling anytime soon, please be aware that in addition to our highly effective marketing and promotion of your home, we are doing everything that we can to keep you safe during the process.