Blog :: 04-2020

Can You Buy or Sell A House During COVID-19?

 

Coronavirus has recently impacted most aspects of our lives. Because people have been asked to social distance and stay at home during this time, it has certainly changed the way the real estate industry has been working. Many people are asking “Can you buy or sell a house during COVID-19?” Waltham Real Estate Agents are here to say, yes. While it is possible to buy and sell during this time there are different precautions and ways to go about the processes. 

Pros and Cons of Buying A House During COVID-19

Waltham Realtors have mentioned that there are both pros and cons to buying a home during the Coronavirus crisis. Some of the pros include less competition, not as likely to get into a bidding war, opportunity to possibly negotiate a better price or closing date, and cheaper mortgage payments due to the rates being at a record low. Some cons include the possibility of not being able to qualify for a loan if you’ve been laid off, deals may take a lot longer, and virtual showings may not be enough to make a decision if private showings aren’t available. 

Pros and Cons of Selling A House During COVID-19 

Just like buying a home, there are pros and cons to selling a home during this time as well, stated a Waltham Realtor. Pros include less competition as many other sellers have paused their selling process. There is also a chance that more people come across your listing. This is due to the fact that there are fewer listings currently available and people have some more time on their hands to do a deeper search. However, a con would be having fewer buyers which could result in not getting the best deal for your home. Another con includes people not being able to commit to buying your home if they cannot see it in person beforehand or are unsure of what their financial status will be after COVID-19. 

Can You Still Look at Houses During Social Distancing? 

Virtual showings have become the main way people are looking at properties during COVID-19. However, Waltham Real Estate Agents are still doing in-person showings although they are doing things differently to take more precautions. There are currently not many open houses to tour properties, instead, Waltham Realtors have been doing private showings with only a couple of people at a time. Safety precautions such as wearing gloves and masks, not touching anything, wearing booties over your shoes, staying 6 feet apart, etc. are being taken during these showings. 

Contact A Waltham Realtor

If you’re looking to buy or sell a house during the COVID-19 situation, reach out to a Waltham Real Estate Agent! Waltham Realtors will assist you and walk you through the whole process of buying or selling your home during social distancing. We are all in this together and want to make sure the buying or selling process is not too difficult or put on hold for people who are eager to start the processes. Contact Waltham Real Estate Agent Hans Brings today!

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    Staying Safe & Healthy During Private Showings

    Given the current situation with the Coronavirus, many home sellers and buyers are nervous about having people tour their home and vice versa. During this time, Waltham Realtors will not be conducting open houses with a large group but will still be doing private showings. While this method is a lot safer and helps keep people a better distance away from each other, there are still some precautions to take. Here are the most important precautions to take suggested by Waltham Real Estate Agents

    1. Leave All Lights On In Your Home

    If you are expecting a private showing at your home, it is recommended that you turn on the lights in every room before people arrive. This will allow people to walk into and observe every room without having to touch the light switches to turn them on. Advise people to also not turn the lights off when they leave the room, you will take care of that when the showing is over. 

    1. Offer Booties At The Door 

    Waltham Realtors highly recommend you purchase booties for people to put on over their shoes while touring or people should purchase their own booties to bring with them. Shoes are notorious for holding in dirt and germs so it is important that you cover your shoes when you walk through someone else’s home so you do not contaminate the property. 

    1. Set Up Cleaning Stations

    Have hand sanitizer available throughout all areas of your home. This will allow people to continue to sanitize every couple of minutes throughout their tour. You should also keep soap, paper towels, and cleaning wipes on the counters in your kitchen and bathrooms. This will help when people use the bathroom or wash their hands in the kitchen so that they can touch as little appliances as possible. If you want to take this a step further, Waltham Realtors suggests buying individual hand sanitizers to hand out when people enter your home.

    1. Wear Gloves 

    If hand sanitizer is not available because of the lack of it currently or for extra protection, Waltham Real Estate Agents advise you to wear gloves when touring a home. This will again keep you from spreading germs in someone else’s home. On top of wearing gloves and or using hand sanitizer, it is important that you do not touch anything while touring. While gloves and hand sanitizer are made for keeping germs away, it is still best to not touch things throughout the tour at all. 



    Contact a Waltham Realtor

    We understand life can’t fully be put on hold for everyone right now so that’s why we are safely conducting private showings. If you’re looking to sell or buy currently, contact Waltham Real Estate Agent, Hans Brings. Hans will make sure you are safely prepared to walk through someone else’s home and will also prepare sellers to get their home safely ready for viewing. Contact a Waltham Realtor, today!

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