Home Selling while Distancing

We’ve talked about some of the great remote features that home buyers can use during these times. We want to reassure you that there are also steps that people in the real estate world are taking to help people selling their homes. Today we’re going to talk about how we are working to help you sell your home while practicing safe, social distancing practices.

Virtual Home Viewing

As we’ve talked about in this blog, we can use these same remote features to help sell your home. Aerial photos help explain the exterior and surrounding land for your property. Beyond just photos, 2-D and 3-D floor-plans can help give context for the layout and placement of rooms. Video/Virtual Tours help people have a better spatial understanding of the space by recreating the feel of a walk-through. We can utilize all these benefits and more as we continue to adapt through these unique times to help sell your home.

Remote Document Signing

Using email, most forms that need to be initialed and signed can be sent virtually. For years, people in the real estate world have been using these features as an added convenience for both buyers and sellers . Now we are relying more heavily on these features to keep everyone safe. Title and mortgage companies are also using these features to reduce the in-person contact.

Inspection Process

In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the benefits of pre-inspections for home sellers. Now more than ever, they help the home selling process go more smoothly. Home buyers who are anxious about buying a home sight unseen can feel more reassured with a pre-inspection and help avoid lengthy negotiations later. In addition, due to the Governor mandates, inspectors do not allow anyone else to be present in the home to tour along side them during inspections. Afterwards they can set up a virtual meeting or phone call to go over everything in their report and answer any questions. This helps to limit the number of people in your home as well as speeding up the inspection process.

Appraisal Process

Appraisers are also working to avoid entering homes at all cost. For most programs, they can use photos and video provided by our agents and owners to help determine the value of the property. For certain cases they may still be required enter the home, but may be able to utilize Facetime or Zoom to do a virtual walk-though instead.

Interested in selling your home and want to know more about the social distancing steps we are taking? You can each out to the experts at the Real Estate Store to find out more!

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My brother Jack and I co-own The Real Estate Store. I grew up and live in Scarborough, ME. I became a real estate broker in 2005, but Real Estate is a family business for us. We are second generation Real Estate Brokers. My experience working with apartments and with residential construction has given me insight into cost-aware construction and green construction and design.

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