For those buyers who are actively searching for a home be prepared to follow local, state and the National Association of Realtors offers guidelines for looking at homes safely with tips like:
- Buyers wash their hands or use an alcohol-based sanitizer before entering the home and again after leaving.
- Cover shoes with booties.
- Wear facemasks.
- Clean all surfaces prior to entrance and again after.
- Sellers will hopefully open doors and turn on lights prior to potential buyers entering to reduce the need for them to touch surfaces.
These requirements may stay in effect for some time so if you are ready and willing to buy a home with a trusted professional who has your best interest in mind and are taking the lead on this new eras, approach to home buying then let’s connect so we can help you navigate your move through this uncertain time.
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How to Protect Yourself When Listing/Buying During the Coronavirus Epidemic:
A note from our Branch Manager/Co-Owner, Kristen Stavros
There is no doubt the Coronavirus has left us feeling uneasy with numerous unknowns and fear of what-ifs.
To curb those feelings lets discuss some of the things we do know & can control.
1. If you have been thinking about selling your house, NOW IS THE TIME! We are currently experiencing a period of low supply yet high demand, couple this with interest rates still below 4% which means more buying power for buyers and you have a recipe for the perfect time to list!
2. If you are looking to buy a home this is still an excellent time with incredibly low-interest rates.
3. If you have a mortgage, NOW IS THE TIME TO TALK WITH YOUR LENDER ABOUT A REFINANCE or perhaps sell and upgrade. There are a couple different housing markets at play right now. Your Windermere Whidbey agent can counsel you on the right move for your individual goals.
For Those of You Listing or Considering Listing Your House…
Here are some recommendations:
A. Leave all room doors open so Buyers don’t have to touch door handles.
B. Put a dish by the front door or on the kitchen counter for business cards to be left in (so you do not have to touch the cards that Brokers are required to leave behind).
C. Have a bottle of sanitizer at the entrance of your home for visitors to use before they enter your home.
D. After the home is shown, wipe down all door handles inside and out, starting with the front door.
For Buyers and their Agents…
A. Review recommended practices with agent/client before showing.
B. Don’t touch anything unnecessarily, sneeze into a sleeve, wash/sanitize hands before and after, etc.
C. Sanitize hands after handling lockbox and carry anti-microbial wipes.
D. Refrain from placing business cards anywhere a Seller might have to touch them to throw them out.