Here to Serve You: How We’re Showing Homes
At ERA Integrity Real Estate, we care about you and your safety. We are taking all steps necessary to keep both buyers and sellers safe and comfortable during COVID-19.
It is important for you to know we are still showing and selling homes- but in a safe manner.” Ashley Huffman, Realtor/Broker noted. “It is our top priority to make sure you are comfortable when buying or selling a home.”
Before we show a home, we ask that buyers and sellers sign a state-mandated waiver. The buyers and sellers must read and understand the protocols and rules to put everyone at ease. Both buyers and sellers will be asked if they have recently traveled or felt ill. If the answer is yes, no showing will occur for at least two weeks.
Some of our “date of showing” precautions include:
- ERA Integrity agents will respect and ask buyers to respect any limitations/restrictions the sellers have for their home during showings.
- ERA Integrity agents will respect and ask sellers to respect any limitations/restrictions the buyers have for being in a home during showings.
- We will also make sure buyers are pre-qualified and ready to go before we bring them in a home.
- Absolutely no carpooling to home showings!
Other precautions being followed by ERA Integrity:
Buyers: Only decision-makers will be allowed to participate in a showing, maximum of two people. Remove your shoes or wear booties once you get to the home. Wash your hands/ use hand sanitizer before and after the showing. Please do not touch unnecessary surfaces and maintain 6-foot separation from your agent.
Sellers: Be sure to turn on all lights and open all interior doors before a showing begins. Leave the cabinet, closet, and pantry doors open for buyers to view. If possible, open windows and doors to increase air flow during the showing.
Agents: Keep a 6-foot distance from clients at all times. Be mindful to leave the house you show as clean as you found it. Wipe down, disinfect, and sanitize anything that has been touched during the showing- this includes doorknobs and light switches.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope you are all happy, healthy, and stay well.
As residents are being asked to stay in their homes, real estate agents are working to help people connect with homes. Real estate businesses are considered essential, and while ERA Integrity Real Estate continues to help clients, the way real estate is happening has changed.
Following are some of the changes:
- Offices are closed to the public. In an effort to keep staff and clients safe, ERA has been closed to the general public since last month. Appointments are kept to a minimum and held either in disinfected conference rooms or public spaces where maximum space between people can be achieved. Areas such as doors, copiers, and countertops are disinfected regularly and immediately after each use.
- Agents are primarily working remotely. While a few individuals at a time are in the office to manage paperwork, services are primarily provided virtually. Since ERA Integrity brokers are accustomed to operating in off-hours, they are still able to be helpful from their established home offices.
- Virtual tours are more of a reality. Brokers are able to give virtual tours of homes and provide extensive descriptions of each listing’s features.
- Many closings are held remotely. From parking lots to front porches, brokers, lenders, and title companies are getting creative with closings to allow for safe social distancing. Each party is asked to bring their own pen, and all necessary items are disinfected as needed.
- ERA Integrity is planning for post-pandemic life.
“Prior to mid-March, the local real estate market was very active, and we are still seeing activity for our clients and brokers,” noted Susan Falck-Neal, Owner/Broker, ERA Integrity Real Estate. “Henry County is a desirable place to live, and we anticipate continued demand for homes in the coming year.”
Susan Falck-Neal has this advice for current homeowners:
“If you like your current home, that’s great. Use this time to continue to make it an enjoyable place for your family to live. If you do not like your current home, use this time to make market-friendly improvements to help increase its value when the market heats up again.”