The coronavirus pandemic has changed every aspect of our daily lives. Every aspect has been impacted from how to we interact with our loved ones, maintaining a 6-foot social distance in public, and even which businesses are deemed essential.
Despite the current state of affairs, one thing that remains is our need for housing. Thankfully real estate is on the list of essential businesses in Texas. If you are a buyer considering or in need of purchasing a home I'm here to help you through what that looks like during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Get pre-approval for a home loan first. I know home buying is an exciting time and looking at home feels like your own House Hunters experience but avoid disappointment by first getting pre-approved for a loan before requesting showings. This will also be the guide for the price range of homes to view. Sellers and their agents require the pre-approval letter to be included with any offer and may require pre-approval for showings to ensure only qualified buyers are in their home.
- Do the 360 self-guided virtual tours (when available). Limit the number of homes you have to enter by doing the 360 self-guided virtual tours. This allows you to tour the home from the comfort of your home. Great agents provide this as a complimentary service to sellers for potential buyers.
- Refrain from touching doors, cabinets, counter, etc. Your agent will likely be wearing gloves and other personal protection equipment. To avoid the spread of germs only your gloved agent should be allowed to touch any part of the property, including opening cabinets and doors.
- Be prepared to handle your closing online or without your agent with you in person. Title companies handling the closing have restricted in-closings to only the parties of the contract. This means only the sellers and buyers listed on the contract can attend the closing. Some titles are doing closings online utilizing digital signatures.