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Vacant or Virtual The Way To Show Your House

Vacant or Virtual

 

If you are ready to sell and your house is ready to be sold, now is the time to move forward. 

Real estate is happening using safety, precaution, and common sense. Adaptable agents are working with buyers and sellers. So much can be accomplished with the aid of our phones and computers.

Buyers are buying! 

There are safe and efficient ways to show homes.

Vacant or virtual.

First, decide if you want to sell -- this is NOT the time to test the waters. If you don't want people in your house, do everyone a favor and please take it off the market.

But if you do want to sell ...

Make your home easy to show.  Stay until the buyers show up and then leave. Or have the house unlocked for easy access with a code or lockbox.

Have all the lights on and shades and window coverings open—open interior doors and closets. (Nothing about this has changed.)

 

Everyone will have safety items but go ahead and provide individually sealed bags with a mask and gloves. No excuse if someone forgets a mask.

 

 Mask and gloves HomeRome

 

 

Have a trash receptacle outside to discard these used items or ask the people to take them when they leave.

No more than three people in a property

...does not matter if there are twelve who will be living in that residence.

For right now, with SIP in Maryland, this is the rule we follow.

Leave the kids at home or in the car with supervision. No children.

And you 

don't have to show every home! 

Do not make unnecessary appointments!

Use common sense.

Don't even consider showing a home if that person is not ready to purchase today. Today is absolutely no time for window shopping!

 

Thinking about safely buying or selling a home

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Comments

Good afternoon Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 ,

Great advice! It is a good time to sell with our low inventory. Common sense is the operative and I have in our document section of my listing in the MLS how the house is to be shown. I've provided a Matterport tour so agents can send to buyers and let them virtually go through the house first! Then if interested serious buyers can see the home.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 3 months ago

Hi Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400,

Buying a home is always a good thing.  Buying one smartly and safely is even better.  One of the problems is that common sense is not so common...

Posted by Jeffrey Richman, Creative Real Estate Specialist (Immediate Home Solutions) 3 months ago

Hi Margaret- now is not the time for looky-loos. You can buy masks from Amazon so that buyers who do not have their own will have them. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 3 months ago

Hi Margaret,
Now IS the time for serious buyers and sellers. 

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 3 months ago

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR Perfect advice to safely showing a house.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Jeffrey Richman  True about common sense. Good to see you. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Kathy Streib We all should have a supply of masks and gloves. No excuse not to be safe.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Carol Williams And only serious buyers and sellers!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Morning Margaret.

This past week I've seen an uptick in our market.  It was down about mid March and most of April.  Sure hope, it continues

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 3 months ago

Good morning, Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 safety first and foremost.... this is NOW the new normal.... and it may be forever.... politics does not enter this equation....safety first....health, safety and welfare of the clients....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 3 months ago

Hello Margaret - motivation matters when selling your home and when proper procedures are a part of that, people who are prepared to be sellers can be positive of potential happy endings.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 3 months ago

Time will tell how the market fares. In my area we are still taking directions from many different channels of command. 

Best wishes to you and may your sales soar!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 3 months ago

You point out the ways homes are still being marketed and sold during pandemic times, Margaret!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 3 months ago

James Dray Knowing you, it will continue!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Barbara Todaro  For all of us ''...safety first....health, safety and welfare of the clients''

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Nicely said Michael Jacobs !

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  Thank you !

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat There are buyers and seller that need to buy and sell right now. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

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