New Orleans Real Estate Showings
During what should be one of the busiest seasons of the year, New Orleans real estate showings have dropped by almost 65% from the same time period in 2019. This comes as no surprise, given the stay-at-home order that’s been in place in Louisiana since March 22, 2020.
The good news is that it means people are taking the COVID-19 virus seriously and staying home.
The bad news is that if you are a home seller on the market right now, in-person showings, normally so critical to a successful offer, have dropped precipitously.
What can home sellers do?
- Ask your agent about virtual showings of your property to minimize the number of visitors
- Take every precaution necessary, such as providing wipes and hand sanitizer, to keep your property safe during showings
- If in-person showings are necessary, limit visitors to one buyer and one agent if possible. While we love kids, this is not the time to have them running around a listing, touching everything as they are prone to do.
Should you take your home off of the market?
The answer is, it depends.
Is the property vacant and you trust your agent to take the necessary precautions? Then leave it up for sale, knowing that buyers out searching right now likely have a need to move, not just a want.
Is the property tenant occupied? Talk to your tenants. They may not feel comfortable with visitors right now. Would they agree to allow your agent to film a walk-through video to be sent to any interested parties? If the property can’t be shown, we’d recommend taking it off of the market so it doesn’t appear stale when things get back to normal.
Is the property occupied by you? Only you can decide if you’re OK with strangers in your home. While you can request that your agent ask qualification questions such as “have you traveled recently?” or “do you have a cough or a temperature?”, at the end of the day you’ll be relying on the honesty of someone else.
How we are handling showings right now
We are attempting to do virtual showings only, using Facetime, Zoom, or video. We feel it’s the safest way to handle not just our safety, but yours as well.
Have a question about selling right now? Contact your agent and they’ll be happy to schedule a virtual meeting with you right away (just don’t judge if we happen to be in sweats and a t-shirt!).