Real Estate and COVID-19

Real Estate and COVID-19


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It’s a phrase that no one ever gave much thought to before. Why would we? Until quite recently, we were all able to travel to and from place to place without a second thought.

Attending a Friday night concert with friends? Absolutely. Having a Saturday brunch with extended family? No sweat. Fostering existing relationships and making new ones at your chosen place of worship on Sunday? Sounds like a wonderful way to spend your late morning/early afternoon. Prior to late 2019, getting out of the house as frequently or infrequently as you’d like was simply the norm.

At present, coming and going as we please is not exactly feasible anymore. We hear the phrases “social distancing,” “quarantine,” and “essential services” on a daily basis.

Social distancing has been defined as keeping 6 feet or more in-between you and others, while quarantining has been defined as staying at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave. Now, all that is left to define is that enigmatic “essential services” bit. Thankfully, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has provided some clarity into what the TN government defines as “essential services.”

An executive order passed down by Governor Bill Lee closed all non-essential businesses to fight COVID-19, leaving many people questioning which jobs are listed as essential by the state. One such category of business, professional services, does include real estate.

Professional Services. This includes, but is not limited to: legal services, accounting services, insurance services, or real estate services (including appraisal and title services).

Retrieved from https://fox17.com/news/local/list-essential-jobs-in-tennessee-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

While still in operation, those who work in real estate-based businesses are still taking certain precautions including but not limited to:

  • Refraining from holding open houses
  • Offering virtual home tours
  • Electronic document signing
  • Travelling in separate cars to home showings
  • Bringing hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes when showing a property
  • Conducting meetings virtually through such avenues as Google Hangouts and Zoom
  • Working from home when possible

We at Southern Legacy Homes have been been implementing all possible practices as recommended by the CDC in order to do our part to flatten the curve. We hope that no matter which profession you are in, that you also do the same.

What does the future hold? No one knows. What we do know, is that we will get through this. Together.

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