In King and Pierce counties, we’re still technically in Phase II of the coronavirus reopening plan, but we recently got an update from Governor Inslee stating that home touring options for Realtors and their homebuyer clients were being expanded.
Until a couple of weeks ago, only two people were allowed inside a home at one time, and they had to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Now, though, up to five people (plus the broker) are allowed inside a listing. This is fantastic news for our market, and there are a few specific ways it affects buyers and sellers.
“As long as everyone wears masks and heeds social distancing requirements, you can view homes as a family.”
If you’re a buyer, this obviously makes the home shopping process much smoother. You and the rest of your family don’t have to wait in the car while your spouse views a property, or vice versa. As long as everyone wears masks and heeds social distancing requirements, you can view homes as a family. It also means you and your family can be part of the home inspection phase of the buying process. Prior to this announcement, buyers had to attend home inspections virtually.
Additionally, we Realtors can now conduct buyer consultations in person instead of virtually. We can either schedule for you to meet us at our office here in Sumner, a public place, or your current home.
If you’re a seller, we don’t have the capability to host open houses yet (every showing is by appointment only), but the good news is that traffic is still very brisk. If you list your home now, you’ll still get a lot of foot traffic, but it will all be segmented by time blocks. The market has shown no signs of slowing down, and in many cases, listings are attracting multiple offers. Other than not being able to host open houses, our marketing strategies are operating as normal.
As always, if you have questions about this or any real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help.