Are We Continuing to Show Homes During COVID-19?
Yes, But With Some Changes.
In the short video above Kim explains what to expect in a home showing during COVID-19. Things have changed a bit, including:
- Shorter, 30-minute showings
- All lights and doors will be open to prevent unnecessary touching of door handles and other surfaces
- Buyers are encouraged to not bring young children to showings
- Plenty of soap, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes should you want to take looks in cabinets
- More options for previewing homes online and via video
Comparing 2019 to 2020
Overall, 2019 was a strong year for the local housing market. In 2020, January, February and the first half of March saw continued strong movement, with the number of weekly showings out-pacing 2019 levels. But, with the onset of the COVID-19 Stay at Home Directive the number of showings have dropped considerably. The graph below tracks the rolling average number of weekly showings in the Northstar MLS in 2019 (blue) and 2020 (orange) compared to the first week of each year. Showing activity during the last two weeks of March and beginning April dropped around 50%.
Average Weekly Showings Compared to First Week of the Year
For an updated look at this chart visit ShowingTime.
Continuing to Support Our Clients
We know there are many buyers and sellers out there wondering if now is a good time to make a move. Currently, our team has a solid number of listings for sale, and although we are unable to hold Open Houses we are continuing to schedule showings (physical and virtual), stage homes if need be, and utilize Facetime, Zoom and other online tools to make the process easier and safer.
We’re doing all we can to help our clients through this important and unprecedented time.
(Note: the home featured in Kim’s video above can be found HERE.)
The Kim Pease Team can help ask the right questions that will assist you in navigating your next move.
Contact us if you or someone you know might need some guidance.