The rules about how showings and closings can take place and what agents can do will
vary depending on local public health regulations, real estate association guidelines and
individual comfort levels.
You now may need to book an appointment for an open house. There may be waivers
to sign before looking at a home. And get comfortable with those masks, sanitizing
wipes and booties. These are the new realities of home buying, and agents say many of
these protocols are likely to stick around.
Buyers should expect hand sanitizer and masks to be part of any home-buying
experience. But other aspects of house hunting and closing the deal may come as a
During these times it is important to have a great team for helping to take the guesswork
out of pivoting to virtual home-buying, especially now, as traditional methods to vet
properties are prohibited.
When you can’t physically be in a space, your broker’s knowledge of a building [and] its
pros and cons, and what to ask while looking at virtual tours are more important than
ever. The complications to a deal due to COVID-19 are new to most buyers, but
especially first-time buyers, who have never been through a normal process.
Still, for first-time buyers, the coronavirus has added new layers of stress to a process
that’s already filled with piles of paperwork and nerve-racking interviews — not to
mention forking over huge chunks of cash.
This is uncharted territory so the norms for reviewing a package or how to do a board
interview or what the move-in procedures are — [it’s] all in flux. Things are taking
longer, and there are often unexpected steps and costs such as needing additional
cleaning or security for move-ins.