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It can be challenging to find a good source of information on what to do after purchasing a home in the midst of a global pandemic. That’s because this is an entirely new situation requiring an entirely new approach than anything before. We understand just how challenging the new real estate landscape has become, and we are here to help you navigate its intricacies even as they continue to evolve.
Okay, let’s imagine that you’ve found a home that checks most of your boxes. It’s in a good location, has the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms, is close to the schools (if you’ve got kids) or far away from schools (if you don’t like them), and the yard is big/small enough for your tastes. Let’s imagine that there are all of these things and even more that work, but then let’s also imagine that there are some things that aren’t quite as appealing. Maybe the floors are the wrong material, or the cabinets are outdated. Maybe the roof looks a little sad with its sagging gutters, and maybe the yard could use a little – or a lot – of work.
COVID-19 seems like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so we think it’s a good idea to go over some important considerations about how to manage public safety while working on selling a home. These concepts are not entirely new to this blog, but it is worthwhile to revisit and make ourselves familiar once more with practices that can greatly reduce the possibility for contracting or spreading the deadly illness.
Making an offer is sort of like hurling a stone into a void and waiting to hear if it makes a splash. While different areas certainly afford different perspectives on just what the market will do, a fairly consistent trend within the country over the past decade has been that sellers are in the driver’s seat as far as negotiations are concerned. This means that the real estate market has seen more and more instances where a home is selling above its listed price, sometimes by tens of thousands of dollars.
Looking to purchase your first home is an exciting process. Especially at the beginning, when the thrill of clicking through the available properties can itself be its own reward. With each new listing the imagination rushes to place you within the walls until it can sometimes feel as though you’ve already lived several lifetimes within a dozen different homes.
There are few things more important these days than staying safe and healthy. For most of us, the possibility of becoming infected with COVID-19, bringing it home to our families, potentially aiding in the spread of this malignant disease throughout the community means that we are doing a whole lot less out of the house and in public. Even as restrictions across the nation begin to lift, we know from medical data and the words from the scientific and public health community that this is far from over. Indeed, in many communities the infection rate is beginning to climb more and more steeply.
Welcome back to our ongoing series on crafting an enticing offer for your home! Through these articles, it is our hope that you will gain some useful ideas to help you make your home offer as enticing as possible, something that becomes extremely important when you discover your dream home and don’t want it to slip away into someone else’s waiting hands.