COVID-19 Update - May 2020
It goes without saying that the on-going pandemic crisis has changed the way many of us conduct business and communicate with one another. Handshakes and in-person appointments have been replaced with Zoom meetings and a need for social distancing.
Normally spring and summer are busy months when it comes to selling or buying homes, but with the current situation and ambiguity in the market, this year has presented additional unique challenges to both clients and Realtors.
The provincial government announced on March 26 that real estate agents are considered an essential service in BC. However, being an essential service does not mean it is business as usual. This recognition grants Realtors the privilege to continue to practice real estate in a socially responsible manner with strict adherence to the provincial health office’s orders. These orders are changing and evolving, and Realtors – together with their clients – have an obligation to know, understand and follow them.
These are uncertain times. Should you need to, please feel free to contact me to discuss how to responsibly achieve your real estate needs. We can discuss alternative approaches to in-person interactions, such as virtual showings and other technology-based solutions.
The British Columbia Real Estate Association introduced a “Notice and Acknowledge” form on April 24, 2020, for use during COVID-19. As a buyer or a seller, you may be presented with this form to review from your Realtor during your buying or selling process. Click here to view the form.
Following are the steps my clients can expect when it comes to selling or buying:
Selling your home: An IGUIDE Premium Presentation Package is offered to all clients who are selling; this package provides an immersive and engaging online experience for potential home buyers. Every IGUIDE includes property photos, floor plans, room measurements, area calculations, neighbourhood information and a 3-D immersive tour. Buyers can virtually visit your home with few disruptions to you and your family. Listing documents and offer-to-purchase documents can be reviewed and signed using Authentasign, an online platform for electronic signatures. If a buyer has reviewed the IGUIDE and done a drive by to ensure the location and neighbourhood meet their needs, an in-person showing may be requested. This can be accomplished taking into consideration appropriate health and safety guidelines (e.g., masks, gloves, etc.). If necessary, I can/will be present with home showings.
Buying a home: It has never been more important to be prepared as a buyer. Sellers would prefer only qualified buyers view their home. Having all documentation in order pertaining to a pre-approval is a must, so touch base with your mortgage professional. Review the homes you are interested in online, particularly the photos, videos and floor plans. Plan to do a drive by to make sure you like the look of the home and neighbourhood. Ask all the necessary pertinent questions before an in-person viewing is required. If you are house shopping online because you do not live in the Comox Valley, hopefully a local family member or friend can do a drive by for you. Offer-to-purchase documents can be reviewed and signed online using Authentasign. Home inspectors are still available and working. Be assured, I will be with your every step of the way during the home-buying process.
I am here for you. My goal – and promise – is to guide you safely whether buying or selling property during these unprecedented and challenging times. Contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have. We will get through this together.
Leah @ RE/MAX