Making appointments in a post COVID-19 era

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

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. 

 

FORGET IT!

 

making appointments

 

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.

 

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Nick Vandekar
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Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Nick,

To quote an old adage, there is always a way to do things regardless of the obstacles.  It may not be speedy, but we all learn to adapt and make the best of things...A

May 29, 2020 01:03 PM #1
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Ron and Alexandra Seigel that is very true and as agents we are used to adapting. I just don't think people thought through how to deal with "hot properties" and the demand there is from the buyers today.

May 29, 2020 06:47 PM #2
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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Who says we don't work for our money...

Happy Friday Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

May 29, 2020 09:05 PM #3
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James Dray
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Morning Nick.

While the business is picking up in my area, there are still sellers who have taken their home off the market, until this is over.

May 30, 2020 01:09 AM #4
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I have never encoutnered anything like it. Showing time was supposed to do it all automatically, but the system was not doing what was required.

James Dray likewise here, but they are seeing homes sell and so more are starting to release their homes back on to the market.

May 30, 2020 03:34 AM #5
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Good morning again, Nick... no doubt that the times are a-changing. I guess that's what keeps it interesting! :)

May 30, 2020 06:12 AM #6
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Nick - as I was reading your post, I had many thoughts including those expressed by Alexandra Ron and Alexandra Seigel.  It's a part of the learning curve.  In real estate and in life.  Also, once I acknowledge that mind-boggling events of many varieties surround certain people, I become calmer and the world becomes less chaotic.  

May 30, 2020 06:37 AM #7
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Nick, have been showing for the last three weeks constantly, and is very challenging.   No overlapping appointments, and when you have 6-7 to see, not all in the same city, it can take ALL DAY to show.   But, at least we can show.

May 30, 2020 06:59 AM #8
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Rose King
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In Texas, we were never restricted on showings, but many sellers did not want people in their homes. So things were VERY slow for a while. Now that things are loosening up some, there are more homes to see. Still, wearing masks and using hand sanitizer is recommended!

May 30, 2020 06:16 PM #9
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