As we continue to practice social distancing in the U.S, many real estate businesses are changing how they would otherwise operate to assist buyers and sellers. Fortunately, we have technology on our side that helps real estate businesses continue operations during these challenging times. Home interest rates are low and there are many Americans are still looking to buy a home this spring. With the right steps taken, real estate agents can safely and effectively help buyers and sellers with their real estate plans in 2020.
Transition to virtual platforms
Large gatherings continue to be discouraged throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With this, open houses have not been feasible options for the last several weeks. However, real estate businesses are meeting virtually with clients and other members on their teams. There are a variety of digital platforms available today to choose from, such as Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime. All of which are viable options as they can fulfill the needs of real estate businesses. Although they already had a place in the real estate industry, virtual tours are a popular option during the COVID-19 pandemic. They allow buyers to tour homes on the market through digital devices. Also, virtual tours are time savers and help home buyers to narrow down their home search.
Transition to WFH settings
Many Americans are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many real estate agents, this can be a challenging transition because they are accustomed to their office setting and meeting with clients in person. However, there are many ways an agent can remain productive while still practicing social distancing. Agents that need to meet with clients in person should continue to maintain a distance of at least six feet and be well-equipped with masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers. It is also a good idea to have extra supplies for your clients as well.