As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause turmoil across the world, one must be thinking – is it a good time to sell a house during these uncertain times? Can I sell my home during this Coronavirus pandemic?
Selling a home is already stressful, to say the least, during normal times. Selling a home during a pandemic is going to be more stressful as there are safety concerns to consider. You are probably even wondering are there even buyers looking out to buy homes during an outbreak.
To answer the question: Can I sell my home during this COVID-19 pandemic? The answer is yes. If you think people are keeping money in their pockets and are nervous to buy a home at these times, you are wrong. There are plenty of buyers very active in the market even at these times. Home sales and inventory in Greenville county may have dropped significantly compared to this time last year. But know this before jumping to conclusions: the market is kind of hot right now.
Most of the listings we put on the market recently have seen multiple offers and have been put under contract within a day or two.
People are still buying homes, people are still selling homes but because of COVID-19, the pool of home buyers and home sellers has been funneled, essentially removing the more casual buyers and sellers.
Serious buyers are on the move, taking advantage of the low-interest rate. If they find the right house, they don’t wait they take action. That’s why if you have a strong reason to sell your home during a pandemic then it could pay to move forward with putting your home on the market now.
We’re here to offer guidance on how you can sell a home safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Everything you should know when you are contemplating listing your property on the market can be done remotely where you can be safe in the comfort of your home. We utilize the latest technology to provide seamless online consultation to explain everything you need to know about the home selling process. To request a listing consultation, simply call us or contact your agent via our contacts page.
How do we market your property?
Our approach to superior listing marketing remains in place. We will still be using HDR photography on your photos providing high-quality imagery and video, and in some cases, aerial view of the property to give buyers the best view of the home from the comfort of theirs.
We will also still be promoting your property across social media platforms showcasing your home to a lot of audiences. We will market your home using an incredible array of available technology.
We do have sellers who do need to sell now, and we have implemented safety protocols and plan to take the necessary precautions to protect them.
A virtual showing is a great method if you are not comfortable with buyers coming into your house. Prospective home buyers won’t even have to touch your doorknob. Our agents even wear gloves as a precaution. Any person touring your home will be preapproved with a lender, to ensure they’re serious and prepared. We can do virtual open houses via Facebook and Instagram live using cameras and other software that we already have so we can market your home to a wider audience.
If you do not want in-person showing because of safety issues, we will get that instruction in writing and consider an addendum to your listing agreement. Of course, we offer alternative marketing such as virtual tour, virtual open house, or taking more photographs to add to the listing.
Inspections and appraisals
With social distancing guidelines, inspection and appraisals may not need in-person contact. Typically, sellers usually have to allow the home buyer’s inspectors and appraisers into their homes before the real estate deal can go forward. But because of social distancing orders, inspections and appraisals can be done with minimal contact.
Inspectors are also following the CDC guidelines wearing masks and gloves, and even asking sellers to stay in one part of the home while doing the inspection.
If the buyer’s lender allows it, appraisals can also be done with minimal contact. Home appraisals can be done by viewing photos of your home, look at it via video chat, or doing drive-by so the appraiser doesn’t need to step inside your home.
Closing on a home will look different during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it can still happen. If you happen to live in another state, is selling an investment property, or has already moved and doesn’t want to come back, we can email or mail documents that need to be signed in the presence of a notary and sent the documents back.
The mortgage and title companies we work with all have the capability of closing remotely.
Your home SOLD
Selling a home during the pandemic is an adjustment for everyone, but we are in this together, we will work diligently to ensure that your home gets sold without all the stress.
If you have any questions for us during these unusual times, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to hear from you.
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