Homebuying During COVID-19

Traditionally, homebuying was a full-contact experience. Much of the process was conducted in person — from meeting with real estate agents (and shaking their hands to say “hello”) to touring homes for sale and sitting around a table at closing. COVID-19 disrupted the typical ways of doing business, but that doesn’t mean buyers can’t shop for and buy homes during the crisis. Industry pros are getting creative to keep things moving.

Below you’ll find our ongoing series about the challenges buyers face during COVID-19 and how the homebuying process is adapting to meet their needs. Don’t lose hope, you can still find your dream home!

Looking at listings online? Tour them virtually! Looking at listings online? Tour them virtually!

Looking at listings online? Tour them virtually!

With the housing market adjusting to life in  crisis, the process of shopping for homes is going digital. Real estate agents are offering virtual tours of houses that are for sale, for example, while sending paperwork to buyers via email. Read more >

Time for an appraisal. Do appraisers have to come inside? Time for an appraisal. Do appraisers have to come inside?

Time for an appraisal. Do appraisers have to come inside?

If you’re borrowing money to buy a home, you’ll probably need an appraisal. To keep appraisers and homeowners safe during COVID-19, pros that regulate appraisal practices are reviewing appraisal requirements and making temporary adjustments to limit the need for appraisers to go inside. Read more >

Home inspections are being held remotely, too Home inspections are being held remotely, too

Home inspections are being held remotely, too

With the homebuying process going virtual due to COVID-19, more homebuyers than ever are touring sales listings on their phone or computer and buying houses they’ve never set foot in, making home inspections especially important. Before COVID-19, a buyer and their real estate agent would typically be present for all or part of an inspection – but of course, that’s all changed as of late. Read more >

Heading to closing ... from a social distance Heading to closing ... from a social distance

Heading to closing ... from a social distance

You’ve already been through quite a journey by the time you get to closing on a home, and you still have a complicated day ahead of you. The challenges added to the process during COVID-19 are the last thing anyone needed — but steps are being taken to keep closings rolling. Read more >

Notaries for closing docs — are virtual notaries a thing? Notaries for closing docs — are virtual notaries a thing?

Notaries for closing docs — are virtual notaries a thing?

Notaries are necessary for the homebuying process. When your loan closes, for example, you’ll meet with a closing agent who notarizes your signature. So how are notarizations being handled amidst quarantines and social distancing? Read more >