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Buyer Protocol for House Showings During Pandemic

By Erika George & Kari McGee, April 15, 2020

House hunting during a pandemic? We get that the timing of your house purchase may not always be convenient.  Here’s our protocol for buyers to keep everyone safe and do our part to help #FlattenTheCurve.

Steps to buying a house in a World Pandemic

  1. Complete a “fully underwritten” pre-approval process with a lender (Call us if you need some recommendations!) or obtain proof of liquid cash funds.
    • Most sellers/listing agents are requiring a pre-approval letter or proof of liquid cash funds prior to scheduling an in-person showing of a home.
  2. View all virtual listing tools such as:
    • 3-D virtual tour.
    • Video.
    • Live stream virtual open house.
    • Photo slideshow.
    • Floor plan sketch.
    • Map.
  3. Do a drive-by of the property, and tour the neighborhood and nearby community amenities.
  4. Now call us to schedule an in-person showing. We will bring:
    • Gloves, hand sanitizer, and booties for you. We are asking that buyer clients please wear masks for in-person showings. We will be wearing masks too. Many people have sewn their own masks, or make an easy mask out of a cotton t-shirt and a paper towel. (See our HouseLovePDX Instagram account for a photo of Kari sporting that snazzy option!)
    • We are following the national mandates of no more than two people in the home at one time, and maintaining the social distance requirements of no less than six feet apart.
  5. Be prepared to write an offer “subject to interior inspection.”
    • That means you write an offer first, then go see the house in person when/if your offer is accepted. This practice has become more common for owner-occupied homes especially with at-risk or medically fragile owners.
  6. Offer accepted? Hurray! Here’s what to expect:
    • Expect your home inspection “wrap-up” to be done via technology. Most home inspectors will only inspect homes alone. They will generally FaceTime with you to discuss the findings of the inspection. We can make arrangements to get you in the home after the inspection so you can do a walk-through of the home with the findings in mind.
    • Expect there to be hurdles and delays. Lending guidelines are changing rapidly, which may mean some bobbing and weaving. Humor, flexibility and empathy all are important in this market to make it to closing!
    • Expect a LOT of Zoom calls with Erika and/or Kari! It really helps to see people’s faces – even on a screen.
  7. Closing!! Watch this video to see how we’re getting keys to buyers these days:

Erika & Kari

Broker-Esquire | Principal Broker | Seniors Real Estate Specialists | OR

Erika George and Kari McGee are the highly skilled HouseLove PDX team at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR. 

As designated Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®), Kari and Erika help Seniors and their families navigate aging in place, downsizing, multigenerational housing, senior community living options, and probate sales. These exceptional real estate agents will help you prepare for life’s transitions with compassion and expert guidance. Principal Broker Kari McGee is an 11-year Portland Monthly 5-Star Realtor® and has helped clients successfully navigate the evolving Portland real estate market for almost two decades. Realtor® Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts and has been a full-service real estate broker since 2013. These experienced real estate agents will help you prepare for life’s transitions with a customized plan designed for your specific goals.  Erika and Kari's in-depth market knowledge and savvy data analysis will help you make educated, pro-active decisions that will reduce stress and provide better outcomes for your real estate needs.  Given our foremost duty as a fiduciary, be assured that your best interests will always be at the very center of every decision we make together. And, as the great-granddaughters (they're cousins!) of a professional baker, don’t be surprised if your real estate transaction with Erika and Kari comes complete with pie, cookies, or the best homemade toffee in the world. We would be honored to help guide you through your changing real estate needs in Portland Oregon. CONTACT Erika George and Kari McGee 503.349.5449 | 971.322.6612
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