Kim LaCivita
Pleasant View Real Estate 508-567-8085


There are so many questions and concerns amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The real estate market is especially hard hit and sellers may have concern.
Real estate at its core is a people business. It relies on person-to-person interaction and the coronavirus necessarily limits this contact. As the spring
selling season gets started, you may have questions regarding selling your home and it’s important for you to make the best decision for you and your family.

1. Should I still try and sell my home?

Of course, there are many aspects to this question. First and foremost, the health concerns and peace of mind of your family have to be taken into consideration. Unless absolutely necessary, the elderly and those with underlying health issues should not allow unnecessary people into their homes; including buyers and agents.  If the household is essentially healthy and not considered high-risk, then this could be a great time to sell. Consider the advantages of lower inventory coupled with low-interest rates; as listings become rarer, the remaining inventory will get more attention which could create better offers.

2. Is it safe to have people through my home? 

This is certainly a concern, but there are practical steps we can take to ensure safer home showings. 

3. What can I do to protect my family during showings?

We can help protect the home, family and visitors alike by taking the following precautions:

  • Offer hand sanitizer & shoe covers at the front door for buyers and their agents when they enter the home.
  • If there is a guest bathroom, keep disposable hand towels and soap for guests to use and make the request known to the showing agent.
  • Offer disposable gloves for use with a receptacle for used gloves.
  • Limit the showing days and hours so you can properly clean between showings.
  • Have cleaning wipes handy. 
  • Leave all lights and interior doors open, to include all closet doors. 
  • Offer virtual showings or host virtual open houses.

4. What happens if my buyer loses their job? 

Most real estate contracts include a contingency for the buyer loan approval and funding. Now more than ever, it’s critical to keep that contingency in place. In the unfortunate event the buyer loses their job or can no longer qualify for the loan during the contingency deadline, the parties cancel typically cancel the contract.

5. Will I get a higher price if I wait to list my home?

The truth is no one knows. We don’t know how long or short the crisis will be and we don’t know how the financial market will weather the outbreak. While this is a
question the seller will ultimately need to decide, the old adage about a “bird in the hand” is important to remember.

This spring selling season has proven to have unique unforeseen circumstances – please contact me to learn more about the current outlook, opportunities in your local market and to create a plan that works best for you.