While the COVID-19 pandemic in our country has made house hunting more challenging in 2020, it is possible to find your dream home during this time of social distancing. Real estate agents, sellers, and buyers need to be flexible and adapt accordingly to complete home transitions. With this, read on and discover a few tips on how to find your dream home during the pandemic.
Prior to this year, video tours already had a strong presence in the real estate industry. However, due to COVID, they have been extremely popular over the last few months as an alternative to in person home showings. A buyer can gain a clear sense of what a home looks like from behind a digital device. Not only do they support social distancing, but they are time savers because they help buyers narrow down their search. If you are not in love with what you see from a video tour, you probably won’t need to take a trip to see the home in person.
It is in your best interest to wear a mask when attending a home showing. The process of house hunting is exciting, and it is easy to forget social distancing precautions. Before you drive to a home showing, be sure to pack a mask. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your agent to wear a mask as well.
Interest rates are at historic lows in 2020, bringing many buyers to the market. Also, because COVID-19 cases have dropped in some states, many of the buyers who put off their home search this spring are resuming their home search this summer. If you are serious about buying a home, you need to be prepared to face heavy competition. After getting preapproved and setting a firm budget, you need to be ready to make a strong offer when you find the right home.