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Here to help you stay informed on buying and selling as we adjust to life during Covid-19.


Buying

  • Is it possible to buy a home right now?
  • Can I tour a home without leaving my home?
  • What can I do now to be ready to buy?


Selling

  • Can I still sell my house during Covid-19?
  • Can I show my house virtually?
  • How can I get my home ready to sell?
Keep scrolling for the answers!






Buying


Is it possible to buy a home right now?

People across the country are practicing social distancing, or, in some cities, following public health orders to stay at home.


We've gotten creative in adopting tools and technology that allow prospective buyers to take 3D tours of a home or take a video tour. Home video tours are where we walk through the home with a camera, allowing you to watch virtual tours at home.


It’s also possible to remotely browse new construction homes for sale and under construction, or select a buildable plan that you can customize with the builder.


In addition to changes in how people are viewing homes, in some places, temporary business closures are affecting other key parts of the real estate transaction, namely appraisals, inspections, closing and title services, and moving. Affected businesses are looking for ways to adapt.


Mortgage services are considered essential services, so you can still apply for and secure a loan.


Can I tour a home without leaving my home?

Don’t be shy about asking us to help you get a better look at a home, even if you can’t be there. We have experience working with remote clients and are happy to accommodate requests for a video tour.


There are a few ways we can help you to get a better sense of a property that interests you like pre-recorded video tours, 3D home tours or live video walkthrough.


Pre-recorded video tours
A pre-recorded video is one of the easiest ways to view a home without going there. I would record a video of the home, then share it with you via a service like Dropbox. Make sure you let us know exactly what you’re looking for in a home so that we know what details to focus on during the tour. Remind us to capture some of the surrounding neighborhood as well to give you a better sense of the area.


3D Home tours
Companies like Matterport allow for a full 3D rendering of the entire home so buyers can explore the rooms in the home and see how they connect at their own pace.


Live video walkthroughs
Many people are accustomed to video chatting these days through FaceTime, Skype or similar platforms. We can help facilitate a tour of a home using a video chat app. Let me know you’re interested, and they can work with you to determine a list of homes that fit your specifications and times you’re available for the video call.



What can I do now to be ready to buy?

Buying a home right now might be challenging — touring in person is inadvisable in many cases, and prohibited in many areas due to public health orders. Job or economic uncertainty may also have you thinking twice about buying. But, there are still steps you can take now so you’re ready to act when the time feels right.


1. Find your price range
Determine what you can realistically afford to spend on a new home. We work with excellent mortgage brokers who can determine what you would qualify for, today


2. Keep saving
If possible, continue setting money aside for your down payment. The amount can vary: It can be as much as 20% of the purchase price, but it also can be as low as 5% You’ll also need funds to cover closing costs, moving and other expenses.


3. Gather info and advice
Look at homes online to see what’s available in your price range. Think about your must-haves and nice-to-haves so you can focus your search when you’re ready to take the next step. This is also a good time to reach out to a your favourite Realtor who can provide helpful neighborhood and market information.


4. Get pre-approved
If you think you'll be ready to buy in the next 60-90 days, you can start the pre-approval process. A lender can help you determine how much you can afford and get you pre-approved for a loan.






Selling


Can I still sell my house during Covid-19?


People across the country are practicing social distancing, or, in some cities, following public health orders to stay at home.


We've gotten creative in adopting tools and technology that allow prospective buyers to take 3D tours of a home or take a video tour. Home video tours are where we walk through the home with a camera, allowing you to watch virtual tours at home.


It’s also possible to remotely browse new construction homes for sale and under construction, or select a buildable plan that you can customize with the builder.


In addition to changes in how people are viewing homes, in some places, temporary business closures are affecting other key parts of the real estate transaction, namely appraisals, inspections, closing and title services, and moving. Affected businesses are looking for ways to adapt.


Can I show my house virtually?


Remote tours are an excellent alternative for generating interest in your home since open houses and tours are not recommended by our local real estate board.

 

Here are some ways to give prospective buyers a thorough look at your home:

  • We can record a professional video tour of your home and add it to your MLS lisrting.
  • Matterport and other companies offer 3D virtual renderings of your home so buyers can virtually walk through your home at their own pace.
  • We can schedule a FaceTime or Zoom call where I can walk through the home for you and answer your questions in real time.
How can I get my home ready to sell?
There are many tasks you can tackle yourself in preparation to sell. You may need to do a few touch-ups closer to listing, but you can get some of the big jobs out of the way now.
  • Spruce up your yard: Trim bushes, take note of any trees that may require professional care, add grass seed to patchy areas in your lawn and weed garden beds (and add mulch if possible).
  • Clean your driveway and exterior: Spray off your driveway using the strongest setting on your hose or a power washer if you have one. Hose down your siding (or use a low setting on your power washer, avoiding the caulking around windows). Don’t power wash the roof! It can damage your shingles. Clean your window exteriors, but wait on the interiors as they’re likely to get dirty more quickly.
  • Touch up trim and doors: Unless your paint is in bad shape overall, focus on areas that stand out. A fresh coat of paint around windows and door frames can refresh your exterior, and a newly painted door in a contrasting color can create an inviting entrance.
  • Update fixtures: Check your porch and driveway lighting. If the fixtures are rusty or dated, replacing them is a quick and inexpensive improvement.
  • Depersonalize: Just as you would declutter the interior of your home and remove some of the more personal items, do the same with your yard. You may love your garden gnomes or pink flamingos, but they could be a distraction for buyers. And, if your yard is filled with outdoor toys or a trampoline, you’ll want to pack those up before taking exterior photos or listing your home.
Nicolas Anania - REALTOR®
Direct: 204-981-9050
Office: 204-989-7900
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