If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to sell your house this year, there’s good news. Licensed real estate professionals are highly experienced in how to sell houses safely during the pandemic. Over the last year, agents have adopted new technologies and safety measures designed to keep you safe. And experts say these practices are here to stay. As Bob Goldberg, CEO of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) representing most licensed real estate professionals in the United States, puts it:
“The pandemic has confirmed to all of us in the industry that technology will continue to transform real estate.”
Below is a closer look at some of the new tools real estate professionals are using to better serve sellers.
New and Existing Technology Are Impacting the Process
In the 2021 Realtor Technology Survey, NAR asked real estate professionals their opinions on the most valuable pieces of technology for their business over the past 12 months. The chart below highlights the top five tools those agents said are true game-changers:
Tools that allow agents to serve clients at a distance and limit exposure to others, including eSignature, digital lockboxes, and video conferencing, became increasingly important during the last year. Many leading-edge, local real estate agents had already adopted ALL of these tools. Those same tools became essential for all real estate agents in the early days of the pandemic and today remain essential for all real estate agents and their clients. Restricting the number of people a seller must interact with during the process is the best way to keep all parties involved in a sale safe.
Trusted Advisors Stay Up to Date on Guidelines for In-Person Showings
As things change in our day-to-day lives, the guidance on how to stay safe changes as well. NAR and our provincial and local real estate associations regularly updates the resources available to real estate professionals to ensure the latest recommendations and best practices are readily available. This includes suggestions on how to continue to conduct safe in-person showings.
Agents also follow guidance from the Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services (AHS) to help make sure homes are safe. Advice includes information on how to clean high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and countertops so they’re disinfected for all.
This past year changed the way many agents do things for the better. Real estate professionals use new technology, tools, cleaning procedures, and the latest guidance to help meet your changing needs. The goal is to help keep you safe and build your confidence throughout the sales process. As vaccines have now been rolled out province-wide, we are now starting to see requirements for proof of full vaccination prior to working with – or showing homes to – real estate prospects and clients.
The Bottom Line
It’s important to know that your safety is still a top priority when it comes to selling and buying this year. Let’s connect today so you can have the best tools available to help you take advantage of today’s real estate market.