Blog Buyer Buying a Home in the Time of COVID

Buying a Home in the Time of COVID

By Natalie Tracy, June 1, 2020

These two fantastic people came to me looking for their next project – a new neighborhood and a new home to make their own. After seeing many misses, and several that came close, this adorable Overlook bungalow fit the bill!

But what’s it like to buy a home during a pandemic? Well, we start with a strict safety protocol for showings. Virtual tours, Google Maps, and lots of online due diligence, all before deciding it’s a contender for an in-person visit. Then masks, gloves, shoe covers, sanitizer, open doors for ventilation, and social distancing, are all part and parcel of my in-person showings right now.

Moving on to inspections – where we are typically in the home with inspectors at all times, we’re now just there for the wrap-up. Either employing social distancing and masks in-person, or with a phone/virtual walkthrough of the inspection report after the fact.

The rest of the process is pretty much unchanged, until we get to signing. I love to be at signings with my clients, it’s second best only to handing over keys! But right now, title companies are asking that only buyers be present, to reduce exposure. Which makes the key hand-off even more special. Yes, it now involves gloves, and social distancing, and no hugs. But it’s still awesome.

Want to find out more about the market and process? Drop me a line, and we’ll have a virtual meet-up to get you started!

Natalie Tracy

Broker | OR & WA


I purchased my first Portland fixer 17 years ago, and was immediately hooked on Portland homes and neighborhoods. I bring that passion to helping my clients buy and sell their own perfectly Portland homes! I pride myself on meeting every client exactly where you are - whether you’re a first time buyer, a seller looking for more room, or anywhere in between, I’m here to help. I listen to your needs, and take the time and patience to create a stress-free process for you. I’m licensed in Oregon and Washington, so if you’re on the fence, I can help you in Portland and Vancouver. I’m also fluent in American Sign Language, and have been involved with the local Deaf community for more than 15 years. I ensure all of my clients feel informed and involved throughout the entire process, and I genuinely love what I get to do everyday. Drop me a text or give me a call - I’d love to buy you coffee/tea and chat about how I can help you!
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