COVID-19 has changed the way we think about many daily tasks.
The real estate industry has shifted to accommodate social distancing and providing value to customers in a different way. Many events and meetings that would have been hosted in person, have moved online. Open houses around the nation are sometimes hosted both virtually and in person depending on your home area.
Virtual open houses make it possible for high risk individuals to see homes for sale and/or to safely offer viewings of their own home for sale. These are typically scheduled events where you can ask questions about the home and get a feel for the layout by having a guided video-tour around the house.
Before you attend your first virtual open house, make sure you check out the listing photos, and if available, the virtual tour online. While looking at those, write down any questions, you still have about the listing such as:
- What’s the neighborhood like?
- What school zone is it?
- Is the home in a flood zone?
- Are the current owners living in the home?
- Is it move-in ready?
- When was the roof and water heater last replaced?
Once you attend your virtual open house, you will have a good idea whether or not it’s a home you want to move ahead with or if you want to keep looking or you want to schedule an in-person viewing. Whatever your direction we can talk about next steps.
In the meantime, if you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell a home this year, let us know! We’ll be glad to help walk with you and guide you through each step of the process.