Henderson County recently adapted its “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order to more closely reflect the order put in place by Governor Roy Cooper and now considers real estate brokerage to be an essential business. In this Blue Ridge Now article, Hendersonville Board of Realtors president David Noyes gives some great tips for being innovative and staying safe when assisting with buying or selling property.

First, make use of technology. Live stream videos of homes, create marketing videos, and provide 3-D tours. Encourage buyers to watch the videos first, then decide if they’d like to move forward with seeing the property in person.

Next, have a conversation with buyers and sellers about the safety precautions you’ll all take. Recommend that buyers coming onto a property wearing masks, gloves, and maybe even shoe coverings. Advise sellers that they should wipe down commonly touched surfaces with disinfectant after a potential buyer leaves.

When working with a buyer, be sure they’re pre-approved for a mortgage, have clearly communicated with you their wants and needs in a home, and are open to using technology to receive, sign, and send contracts and forms.

The good news is, despite the pandemic, our area is still seeing a lot of demand in the housing market, and Noyes expects the market to pick back up again once the stay at home order is lifted.

For more information on how real estate is adapting during COVID-19, read the entire article here.