Local real estate agents adapt to changes during COVID-19 outbreak

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Real estate has traditionally been a face-to-face type of business, but with COVID-19 changing aspects of everyday life, local real estate agents are also adapting.

Real estate agent Sara Walsh says many in her industry are incorporating technology like FaceTime to tour and showcase homes for potential buyers.

“Buyers and sellers are being cautious about who they allow to move through their property to view it,” Walsh said. “Technology has allowed people to see the video tours.”

Agents like Danielle Alexander say for many, the search for a new home begins online so continuing the process virtually is a natural progression.

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“Most buyers find their home online first so they look online find their house and contact us a realtor to schedule showings,” Alexander said. “Buyers realize they can’t physically see it but they can do a video or FaceTime.”

Both agents say while they are unsure when things will return to normal, they can guarantee many of the practices being used during this outbreak will continue when it ends.

“I think post COVID-19 a lot of the things we put into practice are going to be something that we utilize a lot more frequently,” Walsh said.

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