In PA, real estate was classified as non-essential and services were basically limited to remote activities.
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.
Author Jane Austen said, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” With what we have gone through, a home not only provided us with real comfort but also safety.
Quarantine time gave many people the opportunity to go through boxes in the attic they never opened, digitize old photos, clean their house from top to bottom and for some, they realized that their home was either too small or too big.
Real estate is once again “open for business” and I have learned to pivot and provide even more flexibility in the ways I provide services to clients.
Instead of visiting in-person, I offer tele-visits if clients are more comfortable. Documents can be signed electronically, and I can communicate via phone, text, email, Facetime or any other preferred means.
Part of the service I provide as a listing agent is helping prepare a home so it appeals to the most buyers, sells quickly, for the most money with the least amount of inconvenience to the sellers. I can still provide staging consults, even from a distance.
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.
The days of hosting an open house with wall-to-wall people have passed but I can offer a virtual open house which provides the potential for even greater marketing exposure!
The traditional hot spring market was silenced by the pandemic but as our region moved into the “yellow zone,” the amount of homes for sale took a turn upwards. If you are house hunting and attend in-person showings, anticipate being asked to wear facemasks, shoe coverings, gloves and maybe even completing short health questionnaires, depending on the listing agent and seller requests.
Be patient, kind and understanding of sellers and agents who are adding various levels of safety precautions.
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.