I was sitting at a dining room table at a builder model the other day… My clients, the builder representative and myself, each equally spread out around the table, e-signing documents for my buyers to purchase a new home. I commented that it all seemed a little too “normal.” And then, the builder rep walked away and came back, announcing, “I’ve got the sanitizer!” Ahhh… Yes! The econo-sized sanitizer bottle brought us all back to the realities of the “new normal” that we are learning to expect-not only in real estate but in all of life.
As we practice social distancing, sanitizing, sheltering in place, and connecting online, as much as we are able, we have realized that everyone has their own thoughts around what “normal” is today and what they expect it to be. As a Realtor, I have learned that my clients still need homes and I am still happy to serve them in whatever way they feel most comfortable. This looks different in every case.
So what is the best practice for real estate related activities for OUR team? For us, it is completely dependent on the unique perspectives of our clients. We want to be sensitive to every need of our clients. Therefore, we have created Zoom listing appointments, Zoom buyer consultations, virtual showing opportunities, private showings with only one buyer group at a time, and we continue to expand the idea of “normal,” where real estate is concerned.
Whereas some see change as an inconvenience, we have found our clients enjoy the ease with which we are able to adjust to the “new normal” and pivot to online consultations where they can meet with me from the comfort of their own computer. There are times we meet in person, as described above, yet much of the pre-listing and pre-buyer work can be done without any contact at all.
Are you considering a move? If so, give me a call and we can discuss your preferred way of connecting, and customize a plan that takes your safety and comfortability concerns to heart. We are always happy to help!
Each year, as the market shifts and market dynamics change, we observe changes in the types of clients we generally see emerging to brave the market of the moment. As we are still finding the Twin Cities to be a market that is low on inventory, with houses being snapped up within the first few hours on the market, we have also noticed a shift in our client base.
Here are the 3 of the most common reasons the buyers and sellers are calling us for help these days:
Many of our clients call us each year asking about small to large projects that they are considering in their homes. A bathroom remodel, a basement finish, a kitchen “face lift…” All kinds of ideas. Often, we can advise over the phone, because we sold them the house and remember the spaces; yet many times this requires a visit. We are happy to help, as this is part of our “Realtor for life” opportunity and we simply love to be involved in helping our clients and prospective clients to discern the best route in home focused decision making.
Often, this conversation turns to something like this: “Well, we have always thought that a different floor plan would fit us better, so would it be better to just move?” And guess what the answer is? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Of course! When deciding to move, there are a few considerations we discuss.
What are some things to consider as you prepare and make arrangements for your big moving day? Logistics Matter!
Closing and moving out of one property into another can take some creative timing. Watch here to hear some useful tips to make your move a smooth process!
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