3 Questions Buyers Have During the Coronavirus Outbreak Answered
Everyone is being affected in some manner by the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus. During this time, buyers will have more questions than normal about the home buying process and their ability to buy a new home. While we can’t predict what the next few weeks and months will bring, the more we can educate ourselves, the better we can help buyers navigate the buying process smoothly during the pandemic. Here are a few common buyer questions as they related to the Coronavirus outbreak and real estate answered.
1. Can we still go see home listings in person? – This is the hardest question to answer, and it will depend on the home, the seller, the agent and any fast-changing governmental policies put in place. In my case, I am still working from home and have plenty of online meetings. Most agents should be able to offer a Skype or Face Time home tour virtually. Talk to your agent to find out what they have available for the buyers to prescreen the home virtually before setting up the visit; they might have virtual tours already available which can help rule out those that don’t suit their needs.
2. How can I stay safe while visiting homes? – Everyone’s health has to be the priority; this includes the buyers, sellers, and agents. If you are going to see a home in person during this time, carry hand sanitizer and wipes to use before, during and after the tour. Drive separately from your agent meet at the homes. During the tour, all doors and lights were previously open and everyone should use disposable gloves during the showing. Shoes should be left outside the house. Everyone should be keeping a safe distance of at least 2 meters from each other.
3. Will I get a better deal if I wait to buy a new home? – We all know there’s no crystal ball, but with everything that’s going on, sellers on the market should be very motivated to sell. There are also historically low-interest rates on home loans. There is no way to predict the future, so if the right home comes along, it makes sense to consider it. Classification: Public Classification: Public The Covid-19 outbreak is causing some uncertainty among home buyers, sellers, and even agents.
However, with the use of technology and following best practices, you can still find the home you’ve been waiting for during this time. Safety and your health come first but dreams should not be forgotten. I will be happily waiting to hear from you and to start our online house hunt.
Let’s chat soon.