COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives. It has, without question, slowed us down, but it also has not stopped us. We have learned to adapt and move forward. This, of course, also includes the real estate industry.
If you are a homeowner in the Austin, Texas area, you should know about the many steps Homes With Hall Realty has taken to safely sell homes. Protecting buyers, sellers, agents and vendors has become a priority. If you have let the pandemic stop you from moving forward with the sale of your home, you may be missing out on an extraordinary sellers’ market. Here are just some of the steps that real estate professionals may be using to protect customers and clients through the sales process.
Use of Video and Virtual Tours
Technology has advanced significantly in recent years making it possible for buyers to “walk through” a property from their laptop or smartphone. Even drone video can provide interesting and compelling exterior property views. This minimizes the numbers of people physically entering a home to those who are truly interested in moving forward.
COVID-19 Screening Forms and Questionnaires
Texas Realtors have given access to a COVID-19 Certification for Property Access Form to its members for use with anyone who may want or require access to your property. This screens individuals by asking them to verify that they have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or experienced flu-like symptoms within the past 14 days.
Monitoring of Vendors
Real estate related vendors continue to take steps to better ensure their safety and the health and safety of others. These include home inspectors, appraisers, movers and others who practice social distancing, wear face coverings and schedule work via appointments. While open houses in many cases have been limited, others are done through appointments or limited access.
Virtual Meetings and Closings
Through video conferencing, many tasks that took place face to face in the past can now be handled virtually including digital signing of papers and even closing. This greatly limits an individual’s exposure to others when selling a home.
If you’ve been reluctant to sell during the pandemic, now is a terrific time to reconsider. Existing homes are increasing in value, inventory is low, demand is high and interest rates are low. Real estate professionals know how to handle real estate transactions safely and with limited exposure. Consider listing your home safely and with confidence today! Contact us to learn more about how to get more for your property than you may expect.