Local realtors are adjusting to selling houses during the coronavirus crisis by doing most of the work over the phone or electronically, writes Michaelle Bond for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Where possible, house purchase meetings are now done remotely. In-person showings are rarer and open houses nonexistent. Meanwhile, agents are using technology to stage virtual tours online.
Another issue that local realtors are running into is that some routine steps in the deal-making process have now become much more complicated.
Kimberly Merriman, FineHill Realty Services broker of record who specializes in Ambler, has a settlement that is due to take place in Philadelphia.
To move forward she needs to get certification from the city but she does not know when the city will be able to provide one.
“That one thing alone will keep a very large settlement from occurring, unfortunately,” said Merriman.
Still, she said the interest is there and when the price is right sales still happen.
Realtor Erica Deuschle of BHHS and Fox and Roach Haverford sold around six houses in as many days.
“Supply and demand has not changed,” she said. “Just the way we do things has to change.”
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