COVID-19 Real Estate FAQ
COVID-19 and real estate in Saratoga County, New York
And a special thank you to all first responders, healthcare and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic
The spread of COVID-19 has caused many changes to our day-to-day lives, but as an essential business, real estate sales continue to take place and the experts at Roohan Realty are here for you. Most real estate functions can be completed virtually without face-to-face interaction, and we’ve adapted our business to make the most of working electronically, for now.
As we navigate the “new normal,” we know our clients may have concerns about if and how we’re conducting business amid the pandemic. To help put your mind at ease, here are answers to some of the most common questions we’re hearing.
1. Are you listing homes?
Yes. We are continuing to list properties for sale, and for rent, at this time. If you’re a Seller, it’s a good time to list as people have a lot of time to look at homes online now and we can market your property using professional photographs, videos and virtual showings and open houses.
2. Are you showing houses?
Yes, we are showing vacant properties and taking strict safety precautions including following the CDC Guidelines. Roohan agents are very careful to disinfect everything on our way in and out, turn on all the lights and open all the closet doors, etc. so that clients don’t need to touch anything. In instances where Buyers are uncomfortable viewing homes in-person, our agents can also provide virtual showings via Facetime, Zoom, or other platform of choice.
3. What is the proper etiquette for viewing a home in-person?
- Avoid in-person activities such as driving in a car with a client and attending a closing.
- Limit real estate showings to one (1) real estate licensee and limit the number of consumers to two (2).
- Limit final walk through appointments to one (1) real estate licensee and limit the number of consumers to two (2).
- Require all real estate licensees, office staff and consumers to wear masks during in-person contact.
4. Are you receiving offers?
Yes, we are currently receiving offers electronically/virtually and can continue to negotiate on our clients’ behalf remotely.
5. Is it possible to do a walk-through with social distancing restrictions in place?
In some cases. Not all. Most vacant homes will allow it. Buyers will probably have to sign a COVID disclosure. Just a detail so that both parties are covered.
6. Are closings still taking place? If so, where and how?
Real estate offices, title companies, and banks are limiting who attends the closing. Sellers may pre-sign paperwork, and some closings may be limited to who can attend in person. The details will vary on a case-to-case basis but rest assured that our clients’ safety and satisfaction are our #1 priority.
7. Can we close our property electronically?
Yes. It should be noted that remote notarization is now permissible under the Governor’s Executive Order 202.7 and closings may be conducted virtually. It is the decision of the lender, seller’s attorney and buyer’s attorney as to whether a virtual closing and/or remote notarization or other methods are used to avoid person to person contact. (Source: NYSAR)
8. What should I do if I need to list my home for sale?
If you need to sell your home, contact one of our agents! Please be aware that for the time being, the number of in-person showings may be significantly lower than normal, but we will ensure that in-person showings are done safely and virtual showings and open houses are provided as needed on demand.
Roohan Realty will also continue to provide our top-quality marketing services to help sell your property, including:
- Professional photography
- Video tour
- Virtual Open Houses
- Digital marketing on our website and portal sites
- Print advertising