Buying a home can be stressful under normal circumstances, let alone trying to navigate the buying process in the middle of a global pandemic. With the world being in a current state of uncertainty, and with the situation evolving and changing by the minute, it can be hard to know what the next step is in the buying process. The world of real estate never stops, with people always needing to be buying or selling for a host of time sensitive reasons, regardless of what else us going on.
We’ve reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers – a panel of RE/MAX Sales Associates throughout Canada – to get their expert insights and advice for buyers, as well as to share what RE/MAX agents are doing to ensure your safety during the home buying process. According to our panel of RE/MAX Influencers, the following measures are being taken by RE/MAX agents to help buyers.
One of the main tips that the RE/MAX Influencers had for buyers at this time is to stay home. They stress that the most important thing at the moment is for buyers to stay safe and healthy, and to put the health of both themselves and their families first. One tip was that if you are looking at properties online, mark them as favourites. The likelihood of those properties being available after this has all passed is high.
If you can hold off on buying a home until the situation surrounding COVID-19 is safer, “take your time and do the right thing by staying home.” Shilo Storey, RE/MAX First, Calgary, AB says, “there is more than one perfect home so be patient, and once this has passed, we will help find you a great home, in the right neighbourhood that’s right for you.”
The great thing about technology is that many buyers can now use virtual tours when searching for houses online. This is a great alternative to viewing a home in person! Some realtors are also offering personalized video walk-throughs via platforms like Facetime and Facebook Messenger.
“Make sure you are working with an agent that will protect your health and safety first and foremost. Depending on your situation and if you need to buy right away, it may make sense to do virtual tours through Skype, Zoom or Facetime versus attending in person. Especially when in the early stages or just trying to narrow down your top options,” says Matt McBean, RE/MAX First, Calgary, AB.
If you don’t have to view houses in person, our Influencers recommend practicing social distancing and doing as much house hunting online as possible, utilizing virtual tours and photos. Take advantage of all of the great technology that is available to do as much viewing online as possible.
While many buyers are faced with uncertainty at this time, our RE/MAX Influencers want you to know that they are here for you, and will do whatever they can to make the home buying and selling process as stress free as possible. “I’m staying in contact with buyers and letting them know we are here to help, sending notes and calling them. Giving them hope that things will get better and keeping lines of communication open,” says Sharon Maslen, RE/MAX Kelowna Stone Sisters Realty, Kelowna, BC.
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