We all know things are going to be different. But how different they will be, is just starting to reveal itself as we are allowed to show homes in PA.
Remember those days, when you would preview a home on a Thursday with showings beginning at the weekend with an open house on Saturday and Sunday with maybe 30-70 groups coming through each day.
But imagine, as we have in PA, a regulation to leave time between showings, in other words limited showings per day. Now, what do you do with that "hot property"?
- You need to have special forms completed and keep records.
- Do you let everyone in before accepting offers?
- You need a schedule to be completed making sure there are spaces between showings.
- What if the agent has to be present?
- Where does the seller go for the day?
It is obvious from my efforts today, that some agents have not thought this through, they are being overwhelmed with calls, their voice mail is full, they are not returning calls or emails.
As one agent told me when I eventually got through "I have 57 appointment requests. I am going crazy! I don't know how to cope with this."
And if you have multiple properties listed imagine the chaos that is going to ensure as you try to keep track and make sense of it all.
Then as a buyers agent, you need to get those COVID forms prepared in advance, multiple copies to hand to agents as you arrive or scanned and in your phone to send by email. But not too far in advance as the screening questions need to be recent. Whatever that means? Is it a week or merely a matter of hours.
This is going to be very interesting, showing tours are going to be longer with quite a lot of sitting around and doubling back on yourself as you try to get in to this or that property and have to adjust on the route just to get an appointment confirmed.