Real Estate and COVID-19

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With the COVID-19 crisis having ramifications on daily life throughout the world, many people have questions about what it means for their real estate future. Learn more about how you can safely move forward in pursuit of your goals during these challenging times.

Virtual home tours

Going to as many in-person home tours and open houses as possible is usually solid advice when you’re searching for a new home. Even if you don’t like something about a place there is usually no harm in taking a look, other than taking up a few minutes of your time. However, with the current public health situation, it makes sense to limit the number of personal interactions we have with those outside our families. Thankfully, many real estate agents can set up a virtual home tour for a property, so you can get a sense of whether or not you think the place is right for you before moving forward in the process.

Curbside real estate closings

Closings are typically done in small offices with several people grouped together around a conference table, so it makes sense to do things a little differently now. Closing is an integral part of any real estate transaction and it’s up to us to find ways to keep efficient closing processes going while minimizing the health risks for everyone involved. Having as many documents sent digitally as possible, and conducting curbside closings where the parties can interact from a safe distance are two solutions that can help facilitate safe closings.

Practicing common sense social distancing measures

We are all having to rethink our social habits in the midst of this crisis, as everyday forms of connection that were once second nature to us have become more dangerous in the wake of COVID-19. Now is the time to think about every personal interaction and use your best judgement. If you visit an open house and there are other prospective buyers there, make sure everyone has enough space to move around, or wait outside until some people have left. Wear masks when in a confined space with others, and avoid shaking hands with real estate agents or homeowners.

Achieving your real estate goals safely during the pandemic

Getting through the pandemic safely will require vigilance, but you still deserve to find the home of your dreams even if the process looks a little different. During these uncertain times, you need a real estate partner who can help you buy or sell a home with confidence, and the agents of Parker Group possess the expertise of the Greenville market that will help you. Contact us today to learn more about how you can realize your real estate goals with Parker Group in any environment.

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