Real Estate in the time of Coronavirus. Remember the book ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’?

Real Estate in the time of Coronavirus. Remember the book ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’?

If you have not read it (and I recommend you do), you can probably guess by the title that life during a terrible outbreak does indeed go on. It went on for the main character Fermina and it can go on for you and me as well.

So, as we navigate our daily movements, we each seek to keep life moving in a forward direction. Even with restrictions, there are solutions on how to buy and sell homes. Using wise and advised steps, the precautions we are taking are wearing masks, wearing gloves, providing hand sanitizer before people enter and upon exit to view a home or upon entry and exit at an Open House.

Home inspections are continuing as well. The inspector is able to be in the home alone and the agent can be either in another room or outside in a car. Buyers can arrive at the end of the inspection and review the results onsite or via phone or web conference. Photos are provided along with a detailed report and the inspector is always available for additional questions after the inspection date.

Signatures are almost always obtained online although for those who do not feel comfortable with this process or do not have a computer, an agent may highlight the location where a signature, initial and date are required and leave the documents at the home for the client to sign. These papers can then be reviewed over the phone to be sure all questions a client may have are answered.

The process that closes the transaction; signing of loan documents, title documents and transfer of the funds from the bank to escrow are partially addressed online and partially addressed face to face. Being that signatures need to be wet, only those who need to sign are asked to attend this process during the final week of the transaction.

With the call to adjust the normal way things are done to support health and safety, we too, in the real estate service industry are working together to collectively deliver steps and provide an environment that keeps everyone on track to safely and successfully reach their goals of buying and selling their homes.

Love in the Time of Cholera, by Colombian Nobel prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez was first published in Spanish in 1985 and adapted into a movie in 2007.

By Kimberly Shute: If you would like to learn more about real estate and move management services, please contact Kimberly. We serve seniors through real estate and move management services. Call 971-227-1302 or visit