Real estate continues to show increased activity as we end the summer and we don't see this slowing down any this fall. That means, we should be aware of the new procedures surrounding real estate and the measures taken to protect our health, while also working to ensure successful sales. If you are planning on buying or selling your home this year, make sure you have an agent working for you who will be enforcing these new rules.
So many changes have taken place these last few months. Industries everywhere have had to adjust and real estate is no exception. If this is all new you, maybe I can help answer some common questions:
What will happen when you book a showing?
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your exposure to covid-19, and not come if you have symptoms. There are restrictions on how many people can attend the showing, usually two buyers and their agent. You will be asked to wear a mask and to avoid touching as much as possible. There should be masks and hand sanitizer available at the front door.
Will you have an open house?
Open houses are allowed, with limitations on how many people can be inside at one time and social distancing can be respected. Virtual Tours are a great option for those who prefer not to have an open house.
How are offers and documents signed?
As with many other industries, real estate has been able to transition to use more online platforms, such as online signatures and meetings, significantly reducing the number of personal meetings.
These are just some examples of measures implemented to keep you protected and to allow real estate to continue being active.
More measures can be taken depending on individual need. Your agent should be able to help determine the best way to proceed with your sale or purchase.
Please don't hesitate to reach out, should you have any more questions or concerns.