Can you still show me this Silver Spring home for sale?

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Most home buyer FAQs I have answered on the blog over the last decade or so have centered around earnest money, inspections, document reviews, and writing a winning offer. The number 1 questions currently: Are we still allowed to look at homes for sale? Can you still show me this Silver Spring property? 

The short answer is: yes, we are! yes, I am! 

The long answer is much more complex. Let me explain. 

SOLD by Andrea Bedard, Thompson CompanyResidential Real Estate is one of the essential industries, and rightly so, shelter is one of our most basic needs. There are always people on the move, people who need a home right now. Some signed the relocation papers before Covid-19 was declared a pandemic, others sold their homes or cancelled their lease before we were all put on high alert and restricted to essential activities only. 

And sure, some have quickly realized that their current home is not serving their needs, with walls closing in, and the dining table converted to an impromptu home office space. They want to move to a bigger place and take advantage of the low interest rates in the process.  

Yes, I can still help you find a new home in Silver Spring, MD and beyond, just as long as we tread very carefully! 

  • virtual consultations to define your needs and wants, preferred location, budget
  • a (strong) preapproval letter is a MUST - no letter, no showings
  • virtual hometours to narrow down your options (be aware, it's slim pickings, we are still experiencing an inventory shortage)
  • researching/reviewing all available information BEFORE we schedule an appointment
  • all showings are strictly by appointment only
  • I can preview homes for you, and together we will only see the ones that check most, if not all, your boxes; or we will only conduct virtual showings. Having sold homes sight unseen in the past, this is not new to me, but better technology certainly makes it easier!  
  • showings can only take place with 1 - 2 clients - no extended family allowed
  • we will follow safety protocol: remove shoes, or wear boot covers; wash hands, use sanitizer, keep touching surfaces to a minimum, and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet. The latter may be a bit tricky, but we'll figure it out! 

So, yes, we are still allowed to tour homes, and I can still show you homes for sale in Silver Spring, MD and beyond - just as long as we tread very carefully, and follow the guidelines. 

Ready to get started? Call me at 240.593.2860 - I come with 16 years of experience, and know how to navigate this market. 

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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 16+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 


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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, you are lucky you can still have showings.   Our State rule just came down stating NO in-home showings, period.    Those homes on the market will need a Matterport or a tour through the home.

Apr 07, 2020 05:53 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

We have virtual showings  i.e.: internet open houses and nothing physica., Endre

Apr 07, 2020 11:57 PM #2
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi Andrea Bedard, this is really useful. Thank you for laying out exactly how showings can work for homebuyers in this new environment.

Apr 08, 2020 02:33 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - business as usual?  Definitely, not.  The new "normal"?  Let's face it, these are changing times(and quite quickly) and what "was" is subject to change.  

Apr 08, 2020 04:52 AM #4
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

We went through a week or 2 of uncertainty Joan Cox and then received guidance that include the restrictions I outlined. I can work with that! Just as long as everyone adheres - and cancels should they feel unwell - we can do this .. we can help buyers and sellers, and minimize the risk. 

Apr 08, 2020 06:20 AM #5
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

We are doing as much virtually as possible Endre Barath, Jr. I just got a floor plan with 3D spins on a new listing done, to help home shoppers visualize the property. It's strictly by appointment, no overlapping showings. I provided boot covers and we set up a handwashing station in the bathroom closest to the entrance. 

Apr 08, 2020 06:23 AM #6
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

So glad to hear that you found it useful Realtyna Inc! It can be done, we just all have to stick to the rules and follow them to a "t". 

Honestly, I'd rather show homes - armed with gloves, face mask, and disinfecting wipes - than go to the grocery store!  

Apr 08, 2020 06:25 AM #7
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

It's a new normal every day now Michael Jacobs, but we adapt and get creative. I'm assuming, however, that many who joined our ranks during the last couple of years thinking it's so easy to sell a house, may have a change of heart. I want to and need to keep working, to assist all who need assistance, and for my own sanity     

Apr 08, 2020 06:28 AM #8
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Great post to share with everyone - thanks for putting it together 

Apr 10, 2020 06:55 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Andrea - in these changing times we must be more creative.  It sense to change state by state. New York it is non essential.

Apr 10, 2020 08:10 AM #10
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