As the pandemic COVID 19 hits closest to home for the Real estate industry it is not ‘business as usual’. We as REALTORS® understand that we need to support and assist our clients who have a critical and urgent housing needs. There are those who have sold their home and not yet purchased, or those who must sell or buy to meet their personal financial obligations or provide shelter for their family.
While the pandemic has changed the real estate industry, at least for the near future. Online searches have been the long-time standard method of home Buyers starting their home buying process, with 9 out of 10 buyers starting their search online even prior to the social distancing measures currently in place.
The following safety measures are being taken to provide services for those who have housing needs are being guided by public health authorities and the government.
If there ever was a time when the famous Royal LePage motto of ‘Helping you is what we do’ will resonate with our public, this is that time.
~ Phil Soper, President and CEO of Royal LePage Canada
Virtual Tours and Photos
Knowing the internet was a starting point for the majority of Buyers, the real estate industry has had emphasis on this medium for a long time, with property listings on MLS/Realtor.ca allowing for 31 photos and 2 virtual tours to be uploaded. REALTORS® are also able to upload documents such as floor plans and survey to be made available to the public.
For REALTORS® who have websites on point2homes.com, their listings can have up to 75 images! Many REALTORS® have their own you tube channels with their virtual and even interactive tours of their listings uploaded and available.
The lots of visual opportunity is still available to home Buyers to see enough of the homes they may be interested in, in order to narrow down their preferences to their top favorites.
Live Video Tours
Once a Buyer determines they are interested in seeing more of a property then their REALTOR® can facilitate a live video feed with the Buyer and take them on tour about the property. There is also the option with some programs of recording this live tour for future reference.
This live video tour will give a Buyer a sense of reference, size and layout to not just the home itself but out buildings and neighbours. The Buyer can ask the REALTOR® to show them specific things during the tour, such as electrical panel, and heating systems, which may not be amongst the listings photos.
The Real Estate industry and courts of law accepts electronic signatures as legal, therefore any real estate transaction contracts and offers can easily completed over the internet or fax.
Your REALTOR® can assist you with how to do this on your home computer. For electronic signature programs all you need is an email address, and the link that your REALTOR® emails you will walk you through the set up, and each initial or signature of your will be as easy as a click of the mouse.
Seller Showing Procedures
Showing appointments will ONLY be confirmed once the signed form has been received by your Listing REALTOR®. The criteria on the Showing Health Disclosure Declaration form is subject to change should the government and health authorities guidelines change.
Anyone other than the principals on the offer can view it virtually. There are no exceptions.
Buyer Showing Procedures
Before scheduling or attending a showing, complete the Royal LePage Showing Health Disclosure Declaration provided by your REALTOR® which captures information confirming that no one attending the showing (Buyer REALTOR® or buying clients, or any occupant of the property) has:
The criteria on the Showing Health Disclosure Declaration form is subject to change should the government and health authorities guidelines change.
COVID – 19 Symptoms
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
THESE SYMPTOMS USUALLY APPEAR MILD AND BEGIN GRADUALLY.
SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE IF YOU HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS AND HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH A PERSON KNOWN TO HAVE COVID – 19 OR YOU LIVE IN AN AREA WITH AN ONGOING SPREAD. SOURCE: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL