As you can imagine, a lot of people looking to buy a new home in the Oakland County Michigan area have brought up putting their search on hold until the Coronovirus has passed, or is at least under control.
For some people that’s totally fine to do. If they have no absolute need to buy a house, and can wait it out until they feel more comfortable, they should just wait it out.
It’s just not that cut and dry for a lot of buyers, though. Life can’t be put on hold entirely — especially since we don’t really know how long “waiting it out” will be. So for a lot of buyers, the question has become how should we proceed?
So here’s what I’ve been doing so my clients and I can lower the risk of exposure, and do our part to “flatten the curve” as they say…
- You choose the houses you are interested in (as usual)
- We schedule a time for me to “show” you the houses
- I go to the houses while we connect on Facetime or Skype
- You get to see your potential future home from the comfort of your current home
- When we find one you are interested in making an offer on, we schedule a time to see that particular house in person before making the offer. We can even stipulate that the owner not be home to further minimize contact.
- While we look at the house, we will make sure to keep the recommended distance between us, and keep it as brief as possible, while taking enough time for you to make a decision.
- Writing the offer and any other paperwork can be done remotely. I will send it to you digitally, and we can go over in real time [on the phone / while screensharing].
- And then, throughout the process, we will keep any in-person, face-to-face meetings to a bare minimum following the same protocol.
Of course, if you want to hold off, by all means do so! There will be houses to buy whenever this all settles down.
However, if you’re in a position where you either need to find a new home for whatever reason, or are just looking to take advantage of the lower buyer activity in the market, just know I’m going to do everything I can to keep us all safe and healthy while continuing to live as normally as possible.