I have gotten a lot of questions lately about how real estate works in the midst of a pandemic. Words I thought i’d never type….On March 28, 2020 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) updated its list of essential services, and residential real estate was included in that list. That means with some specific guidelines and adjustments to how our day-to-day works, we are able to continue working. I have to caveat this post with: everything seems to be changing daily. So as of the time I write this, this is where we stand.
Essential, now what?
What if I still want to purchase a home? Can I? What if I need to pause? Should I?
I think my role in this situation is to provide you information that enables your decision. I support everyone’s individual choice and I recognize we aren’t all facing the same reality. Some people have expressed being afraid of losing employment or getting sick, others are trying to plan for the future and just want to know how things are going to work, and some still have job security and would like to press on with their plans. I want you to know, wherever you are, I support you. My goal is to get you caught up on how things are working today.
Here are some basics:
- No Open Houses.
- Most listings will now include a link to do a virtual walkthrough.
- Showings are by appointment only – most of the listings will require we provide proof of funds and pre-approval prior to granting an appointment.
- Some may ask us to confirm we’ve seen the virtual walkthrough first.
- We will likely need to provide a signed CORONAVIRUS PROPERTY ENTRY ADVISORY AND DECLARATION “PEAD” form (don’t worry, I will explain this form below).
The goal is to limit us going into a home that we can already eliminate virtually i.e. we shouldn’t go through all this effort to go see a home that only has 2 bedrooms if you need 3 bedrooms. If the video or listing isn’t clear on a key feature, I can find the information you need before we take the step to go see.
Limiting how many homes we go see isn’t the only guideline put in place. Listing agents will need to “suit up” and go open all interior doors and turn on all lights prior to a showing. As a buyer, you should not be touching any surface while inside. Once our showing is complete, the home should be disinfected per CDC guidelines.
How i’ve adapted showings for my buyers:
- We go through your favorites together over the phone and review virtual walkthroughs when available.
- Compile a list of “must see” homes and go over any reasons where it wouldn’t make sense for you (so i can find answers beforehand).
- Make an appointment to go see your favorite or favorites and meet there in separate cars.
- I will open up the door and we would take turns going inside the home. If the home is set up for us to both be able to social distance once inside, we can go in together just as long as we remain 6 feet apart from each other.
- Review over a FaceTime appointment once we both get home.
Put plain and simple, this kinda sucks, but my #1 priority is your safety. Yes, I love hanging out with my clients and hugging hello, but we must adapt and meet the moment together.
What is the PEAD form?
It’s a lot of CYA legal information, but here is the gist:
- You understand the risks involved with going inside the home.
- To the best of your knowledge you have not been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 and you are not currently experiencing any symptoms.
- You agree to take all reasonable and necessary precautions to protect yourself and others such as use any items available for personal protection like face masks and booties.
- You and I need to go in one at a time or remain 6 feet apart while inside.
- We are going to throw away any protective equipment and wash our hands for 20 seconds afterwards.
This is my long winded way of saying, WE GOT THIS! Buying a home wont be the same, nothing will. I promise you, I will do everything I can to help make sure you feel informed and safe.
We will get through this together. ❤️