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Buying a Home During a Pandemic: Communication is Key
The pandemic has changed a lot of things about our daily lives, but it hasn’t changed our basic needs or stopped us from making big decisions. Buying a home amidst normal conditions can be quite the undertaking, even more so when the process is unfamiliar and under trying conditions. Don’t lose hope! Houses are selling faster than ever, and people are moving away from the big cities, so many homes have become available but are moving fast. We can still find you your dream home, we just need to make a few adjustments.
Communication has now become the most important part of the home search and buying process. The first step you need to take is finding a real estate agent that you mesh well with. My priority is to find you what YOU want, according to YOUR budget, and YOUR list of wants, and must-haves. Communication starts right at the beginning when we talk about what kind of home you are looking for. Much of the process is now online or over the phone, so communicating clearly has become much more important. Working with an agent that understands you, and that you feel like you can talk to is vital to the process. During something like a pandemic, making a big decision can be daunting and you may often change your mind about the details. Your agent has to understand you, and more importantly the ins and outs of the home buying process so they can reassure you and make the journey a success!
Communication becomes even more vital as you start to look at prospective properties. Due to certain restrictions, you may not be able to frequently meet face-to-face with your agent, or view homes together. Communicating after viewing a home can help you narrow down your choices and clearly define what you want in a future home.
When it comes to making an offer on a property, there may be back and forth between you and the seller and your agent. Communicating your budget, and how flexible it is will help you feel comfortable if any counter offers or outside bidders should pop up. It’s important to let your agent know how far you’re willing to stretch your budget so they know how to proceed and won’t push you outside your comfort zone.
Another vital step is the inspection. Many inspectors have new restrictions during these times, so you want to do your research. Finding an inspector who will let you or your agent be there for the inspection in person may be something you need to feel comfortable. Talk with your agent and they can guide you to reliable sources.
You’re already one step closer to finding your dream home! Buying a home doesn’t have to be scary, and can be a bright new change amidst unsteady conditions. Stay positive, and communicate with your agent. Your dream home is out there waiting for you!