Wow - it has been a while since I last blogged!
And boy, have things changed in this world since. So unless you have been hiding under a rock lately (which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world right now), you are aware of how much of an impact COVID-19 has had on our world and on our lives. It has changed the way we conduct the business of real estate as well.
Currently, there are no open houses being conducted. There are virtual open houses being scheduled online - you, as the buyer, can tune in at a particular time and watch the Realtor conduct a live open house. During this time, they can also answer any questions you may have, just like they would in person.
Many listings now have virtual tours for you to view the property online. Ready to write an offer? Probably not. But many Listing Realtors will likely ask that buyers view the property online prior to making an appointment to view in person, to limit the amount of exposure these days. As a buyer, you also want to ensure you are financially pre-approved so that you know exactly how much you can afford and can hit the ground running.
Once COVID passes, I think virtual tours and open houses will be incorporated into the business of selling real estate. So we might as well start getting used to it!
So while the way we conduct real estate showings have changed lately, the business of buying and selling real estate is definitely still very much ON!