On March 31, 2020, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order setting a statewide standard for essential services that may continue to be provided, including residential and commercial real estate. Even though real estate is considered essential, with buyers and sellers still in need our services right now, it is not exactly business as usual. Real estate agents are finding creative ways to best serve their clients while keeping everyone as safe as possible, and a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors found that “nearly 1 in 4 home sellers have changed how their home is viewed on the market due to the Coronavirus outbreak.” Home buyers are changing how they tour homes as well. Scheduled home showings are down, but that doesn’t mean that buyers are leaving the market. Many are opting to do more online viewing before scheduling showings for the homes they are most serious about.
Buyers and sellers in the Dallas market right now need the support of the entire industry, from real estate agents to inspectors, lenders, appraisers, and closers. We are all doing our part to make the experience seamless, keeping safety top of mind.
HOW WE’VE ALTERED HOW WE DO BUSINESS IN DALLAS METRO
We have implemented several new policies and recommendations for our team so that we can perform their essential real estate duties to their clients while following CDC guidelines. We continue to learn and work from home. We are using technology to meet with our clients and bring homes to our buyers since it’s become more complicated to bring buyers to the homes. Open houses have gone online as well. We have a whole new page on our website dedicated to rich visual tours of new construction homes for sale in DFW. When buyers are ready to see a home in person, we are asking them to make childcare arrangements and drive separately, giving them six feet of space while touring homes, carrying sanitizer for use before and after showings, and using gloves or tissues to open doors. Buyers in at-risk groups are encouraged to pause their home search for now.
TITLE COMPANIES IN DFW
Title companies have seriously changed how they receive funds and process closings during the last few weeks. The days of a room full of happy buyers, sellers, agents, and lenders all in close proximity and sharing pens for home closings have been put on hold. Title companies are asking that all earnest funds be wired instead of dropped off at their offices, with buyers being advised to avoid wire fraud by following recommended Wire Fraud guidelines. Title companies are offering several options for closings these days, from mail-out paperwork to separate closings in sanitized rooms where participants are asked to keep the pen. Some are even offering “drive-up closings.”
NEW HOME BUILDERS IN DALLAS
Many local builders are closing their sales offices and moving to showings by appointment only, asking parties to limit the amount of people attending to decision makers only. They are following social distancing guidelines and deep cleaning their model homes regularly.
Home inspectors generally take photos of any issues in the home and include them in their comprehensive reports that are given to the buyer. Because of this, it may not be necessary for the buyer or agent to be at the inspection. If there are others present during inspection, they are expected to remain six feet away and avoid handshakes. Online payments are preferred during this time for inspectors that have an online processing option.
Many of our professional photography partners are offering new virtual tour options to better showcase the home online. Most are asking that agents and homeowners refrain from being in the home during the photoshoot, suggesting instead that sellers take a walk or spend time in the yard during the indoor shoot. They are further requesting that sellers clean the property before the shoot, open interior doors and blinds, turn lights on, and make sure it is photo ready so there is minimal contact needed by the photographer.
With clients still in need of our services, we are all doing our part to get through this safely together!
About us: Professional Dallas Relocation & Real Estate Services.
As a Real Estate Professional, I understand the challenges that arise from a Relocation. I work with families including physicians who are relocating to Dallas metro area including Dallas, TX. I have earned a number of real estate certifications and designations in an effort to learn and provide excellent customer service to my clients. As a CRS, ABR & GRI, I can offer my clients experience as an Agent and REALTOR®, top Industry Customer Service, in-depth, up-to-the-minute and comprehensive market knowledge; honesty, integrity, dedication, and professionalism in my business.
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