Can You Sell Your Home Safely Now?

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November 17, 2020

Working with a realtor can make the sale of your home safe and smooth during COVID-19

It is possible to sale your home safely during COVID19

In today’s real estate market, the buzz is all about how it’s a great time to sell your house. Buyer demand is high, and there simply aren’t enough homes available to buy to meet that growing need. This means now is the time to make a move so you can close the deal on your ideal terms.

Even in today’s strong sellers’ market, there are homeowners who are choosing not to sell due to ongoing concerns around the health crisis, financial uncertainty, and life in general. According to Zillow, here are the top three reasons homeowners who are thinking of selling sometime in the next three years are not putting their houses on the market right now:

  • 34% – Life is too uncertain right now
  • 31% – Financial uncertainty
  • 25% – COVID-19 health concerns

If you identify with any of these, you’re not alone. Whether it’s the future of your employment situation or simply being uncomfortable having guests in your home for showings, life feels a lot different than it did at this time last year. The good news is, we as real estate professionals have spent the majority of 2020 figuring out how to sell homes safely, and it’s paying off for those who are choosing to move this year. 

We are doing two things to make selling your house possible:

1. Implementing Technology in the Process

While abiding by state and local regulations as a top priority, we have been able to sell homes during COVID-19 safety and effectively by using technology. As agents, we know exactly what today’s buyers and sellers need and how to put the necessary digital steps in place. Here are a few things we have utilized to make the selling process safer during :

  • Virtual tours
  • Accurate and detailed listing information
  • Detailed neighborhood information
  • High-quality listing photos
  • Agent-led video chats

We are constantly listening to our local Walla Walla Valley audience and leveraging the tools that help buyers get an initial look at a home without having to step inside. This helps reduce the number of people entering your home, so only those who are very seriously interested need to take the next step: in-person showings.

2. Facilitating Safe and Effective In-Person Showings

After leveraging technology, if we have serious buyers who still want to see your house in person, We are following the guidelines set by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and utilizing safe ways to proceed. Here are a few of them, while always follow­ing state and local restrictions first:

  • Limiting in-person activity
  • R­­­equiring guests to wash their hands or use an alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Removing shoes or covering them with booties
  • Following CDC guidance on social distancing and wearing face coverings

Communicating with us to come up with a safety plan that works for you is our priority.

As Jeff Tucker, Senior Economist for Zillow notes:

“Homeowners who feel life is uncertain right now may think they can still get a strong price if they delay selling until they have more clarity. The catch is that waiting to sell may raise the cost of a trade-up. This fall’s record low mortgage rates, which make a trade-up more affordable on a monthly basis, are not guaranteed to last.”

Bottom Line

In this market while safety concerns are in our minds its important that you work with a trusted advisor to help you navigate the sale of your home while the cards are in your favor. We as your trusted real estate professionals can help you safely and effectively navigate all that’s new when it comes to making your next move. Give United Country Walla Walla Valley a call today to find out next steps in selling your home in this market. Call 509-876-4422 or visit our website at ucwallawalla.com


United Country Walla Walla Valley

T.J. Espinoza

Owner Broker

Cell: 509-593-5108

615 S College Ave, College Place WA 99324