A home has never been more important.
Due to the pandemic, since mid-March, we have followed the “Stay at Home” order issued by Governor Tom Wolf.
Jane Austen said, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
In these unprecedented times, home not only provides us with real comfort but also safety and we are told to stay home with few exceptions.
Zoom became an overnight sensation.
It provides an easy means to continue working, learning and communicating with friends, loved ones, business associates and customers.
Good-bye comfort zones, hello flexibility and the ability to pivot daily. Real estate is no exception.
In PA, Real Estate is classified as non-essential.
Real estate services are basically limited to remote activities within PA’s red zones.
It sounds like an oxymoron – remote real estate.
But just like parents adjusted to teaching and workers adjusted to telecommuting, real estate agents adjusted to providing services to clients remotely.
Rules and restrictions are constantly in flux.
In our section of PA, in-person residential real estate activities, including showings, are restricted (with very few exceptions).
When the time comes, anticipate having to wear facemasks, shoe coverings and gloves when visiting a home, maybe even completing health questionnaires.
Homes can be listed on the market.
Documents can be reviewed and signed electronically, including submitting offers and executing agreements of sale.
Technology enables virtual showings.
The days of hosting an open house with wall-to-wall people are gone but virtual open houses provide the potential for even greater marketing exposure!
As a Realtor®, I am still serving my clients. Instead of visiting people in-person, I just pick up the phone or use Zoom. I can still provide staging consults too. Sellers walk around the home with their phone or computer and my Stager, Maureen Bentley, and I provide suggestions to improve the home’s presentation. I assist my clients in preparing their home to appeal to the most buyers, sell quickly, for the most money and least amount of inconvenience to them. Every seller has unique needs and I treat each client with that in mind. Is it better to sell “as is,” make a few tweaks or renovate? It really depends on the individual situation.
Meeting virtually with buyers, I prepare them for the home buying process and provide coaching every step of the way.
Times have changed. The next time you look at a home, think “would I want to be quarantined here?”
Contact Mary Camp, Realtor®, TheRockRealtor.com, 215-882-1064,
RE/MAX Properties, Ltd., Newtown.
PHOTO CAP: Virtual staging consult with Agent Mary Camp, Client Elisha Lapides, and Stager Maureen Bentley.