Coronavirus Home Buying Etiquette

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows - Real Estate Brokers & Sam Awwadah - Sales Representative

Coronavirus Home Buying Etiquette

Tags: Real Estate, Clients, Buying, Sellers, Coronavirus, Spring Market

The Toronto real estate market has been very active this year however COVID – 19 has now become a fact of life as we move forward in the Spring market. We are still open for business and while it’s too early to fully gauge how events may impact the real estate market one thing is certain; practices surrounding showings and open house will change
 
We have suggestions on what to expect from your Salesperson or Broker
 
Buyers
 
Showings:
Prepare to be asked if you’ve been out of the country in the past 14 days.
Expect to be asked to use hand sanitizer when both entering and exiting the home.
You’ll be asked not to touch anything, including door handles, cupboards, counters etc.
You may be asked if you’ve been experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
Be respectful – some homeowners may be in the high-risk category. The virus can live for an extended period on surfaces. This is why we’ll ask you not to touch anything. Keeping your hands in your pockets is the best way to prevent this from happening.
 
Video Tours:
We will be investing in video tours and can give any prospective Buyer a personalized video tour of the home. A tour and conversation may allow you to better qualify the property prior to visiting it.
 
Conversations:
Consider having a more in-depth conversation or conference call with the agents to answer questions or discuss features prior to visiting the home. You may be able to qualify it or discount the home based on a conversation rather than booking a showing
 
Sellers:
 
We will put notices in your home. Please leave out sanitizer or baby wipes.
Our office will be adding COVID – 19 best practices instructions into our showing instructions for each showing.
Please advise us if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
If you or a family member is ill, do not show your home.
Open Houses will be cancelled for the next 30 days.
We can’t predict the future. We can only act in the here and now and we want those actions to benefit the health and safety of both Sellers and Buyers.
 
This will eventually pass. We’re looking forward to a robust market as interest rates are declining and the OFSI stress test will be easing slightly in April. Inventory of homes is low and demand this year has been high. This is all positive over the longer term. What is unknown is how long it will be before the world gets onto a more sure footing with the Coronavirus pandemic. Our first concern will be the safety of our clients, whether buying or selling.
 
--Williams and Follows
 

 

 

 

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