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Real Estate in a Pandemic



Life is changing fast these days. The coronavirus pandemic is causing a lot of businesses to change how the deal with day to day operations. While some businesses have been forced to close temporarily, the Real Estate industry is considered essential. Some sellers have decided to take a break and pull their homes off the market, but that might not be an option for everyone. 

With this in mind, if you are trying to sell your home, there are some tools that you can utilize to help.

Staging:  An essential tool in showing your home, staging helps to show your home at its best. Almost all buyers - especially now - will be looking at your home on-line and having it staged can set your home apart from the other listings. With the new restrictions in place, stagers are offering virtual/video consultations so that you can get your home ready from the market while staying home.  They can use Facetime (for I Phones), Google Duo (for android phones) and Zoom to "walk" through the home and advise you what to do to get your house "market ready" while you  may have down time at home.   If a home is vacant, some staging companies are still doing vacant home stagings as well.

If your vacant home will be staged, make sure your home stager follows all the safety precautions - wearing a mask, gloves, using hand sanitizer, taking off shoes or wearing booties - to be extra cautious during this critical time.    

Virtual Showings:  It’s safe to say that the days of open houses are on hold for now. Instead your real estate agent can create a video tour of your home that you can add to the MLS listing along with photos. A virtual tour will allow buyers get a sense of your home while home showings are limited. Many realtors are utilizing Virtual Tours for buyers to tour the home virtually.

E-Conference:  Once you get an offer you can handle the negotiations digitally. You can teleconference with the realtor to ask questions and handle negations. There are many different e-signing programs to use to sign contracts without having an in-person meeting.

As always, HAPPY DECORATING and stay safe!


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