5 Step Real Estate Guide During Covid-19
So your initial isolation time has given you a moment to pause and reflect. Now maybe you are rethinking that idea you had for listing your house or buying a home this spring. I hear you, and your thoughts are being echoed throughout the industry. The reality is that, even during this chaotic time, there are still multiple bid situations happening with offers way above asking price. I'm not saying that it's business as usual, but our real estate market continues to climb and mortgage rates are still at record lows. Let me walk you through some steps that you can take to help navigate the next few weeks so that you can continue on your real estate path with knowledge and confidence.
1. Talk With Your Lender
The drop in mortgage rates over the last few weeks, especially during the first week of March means that your lender may be experiencing a high volume of refinancing packages. This may, in turn, have an impact on the amount of time that it takes to close on new loans. The most important step that you can take is to have a conversation with your lender. If you anticipate any upcoming changes relating to recent world events (such as a delay in pay, job status change, or loss of finances in the stock decline), please relay those to your lender immediately so that they can work with you on an effective plan moving forward. If your home is for sale, check with the buyer lender to ensure that timelines will be met and all parties can begin to make moving plans. Above all, if you can offer flexibility during this time, let that be known up front so that everyone's mind can have some level of ease. We all want the same positive outcome.
2. Take Time to Really Prep Your House
Often the initial decision to list one's home is done quickly and usually in response to finding another home that you like or an unexpected job change. These quick decisions leave little time to prepare your home properly for sale.
Some items to start with:
Clean Out Your Drawers and Cabinets. One of the number one reasons people move is to have more room, so show them how much room they will have in your home. If everything is piled to the brim and overflowing, they won't be able to see the advantage.
Declutter Every Room. Take time to go room by room and take note of what is needed and what you could do without. Donations will be needed around the city after the coronavirus outbreak, others can make use of the things that you are not.
Face-time Your Agent. Unsure where to start? Well, that's what I am here for. We can go room by room via Facetime and I can help you determine the areas that need your attention the most. I can then create a checklist based on what helps homes sell faster to keep you on task.
3. Think Virtually
Technology is AMAZING! I can still take care of many of your needs virtually!
- Selling? Let's have a virtual consult to access your needs. I can do a walkthrough of your home and work on an accurate market analysis. I can consult on staging and repairs and even begin a coming soon campaign.
- Buying? Many homes have virtual tours already in place and if not, I am happy to make a plan for safe home touring. For the most part, sellers are still more than willing to show their homes and as Realtors, we are helping them to put good home tour hygiene practices in place.
4. Stay Calm
Everything has been in place for a strong spring market and no one could have anticipated the recent changes to our global society. There is no doubt that there will be financial fall out from Covid-19 and its impacts around the world; however, overall there is still a strong need for housing and historically low mortgage rates. The good news is that I am here to listen to your specific needs and help guide you through this time.
5. Stay Healthy
Health should be priority number 1. Please follow the recommendations from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 risk in Toronto and information on how to protect yourself, click here. Please stay at home, stay safe and take care of each other. ❤️