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COVID-19 Update — How Real Estate Keeps Moving

First of all. I hope this post finds you well.  People have asked me recently “how is the housing market”?  My answer depends on the day.   As the pandemic hit and schools closed, then businesses closed, then restaurants and shops closed it was all very unsettling to say the least.  But, as of February 29th the housing market was great.

Kelly Gaitten Hamilton Va Real Estate Covid Update Realtor Berkshire Hathaway PenfedLoudoun County’s Spring housing market was already off to a great start.  Housing inventory has been at an all time low for the past 3 years and buyer activity was very good. Some locations were seeing multiple offers. It was looking like the best Spring Market in quite some time.

In early March, everything changed. Stay at home orders went out nationwide for all non-essential workers. Essential workers were told to work as safely as possible.  In Virginia, real estate brokers and agents are deemed “essential” because there are always housing needs. This is one pillar still holding up our economy! Even right now, sellers who sold their house last month will still need a place to live. We had many  contracts in place with scheduled closings that need to move forward. Here’s what I am doing to make sure you are safe.

Court houses are closed to the public but they still have staff there to record deeds. Our title companies have all turned to “E” recording which seems to be working out well.  Our lenders have continued their processes and will send a Notary to your home if needed for you to sign your closing papers. We have kept all of our closings on track thus far. Everyone is learning how to function with a “new normal”.

Yes, I am open for business. I typically work from home anyway so this is no change for me. I’m setup to take calls, write contracts, send offers, write presentations, look up listings and negotiate for you, from home. Our physical office in Hamilton is not currently open but we are all in and out of the office several times per week and we maintain weekly meetings virtually with our broker. The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty is in constant contact with all of us. The support we have is incredible.

Listing appointments. I would be happy to meet with you via Facetime, Zoom, phone call or in person. If I am meeting you in person, I will be wearing  gloves, mask and shoe covers. If you are healthy and feeling well, I’m happy to come see you.

Side note: I take my temperature daily. If I am at all under the weather, I do not go out of the house for meetings.

Showing homes to buyers: I am working with a few buyers who were already looking for a house for the last few months. These buyers have already spoken with a lender and are pre-qualified for a mortgage. All we need to do is find the right home.

When showing homes to buyers, we should all take precautions of wearing gloves, masks and shoe covers when going in the home. I ask ahead of our showing that the sellers please turn on all lights and open closet doors for us. That way we don’t have to touch much of anything except a door going in and a door going out.

If you are a buyer in need of finding a home, do not hesitate to call me. I can get you started on the process of lender pre-qualification. I can start an MLS search for you and send you house listings daily. I encourage buyers to “drive by” listings when they can, just to be sure they like the location and look of the home from the outside. When we go out to see a home, I will drive separately and meet you there.

I’m working hard to adapt to our changing world and I am right here to help you. Stay safe!

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