It’s been a strange week here in Real Estate Land, but we’ve been moving forward and adapting to running our business online. The Blake Plan still works, even when slightly modified. We are still working with sellers, relocation clients, local clients and lenders to make sure you can stay true to your plans, accomplishing your real estate needs.
Here are some examples of the way we’ve been doing things differently:
I think it’s fair to say that for this home, I spent more money on hand sanitizer than I did on photography! Before the stay in place order came into effect on Tuesday, we had 23 showings and had 9 offers in place. All of that took place on Monday! We took a number of precautions in showing this home.
- All showings were limited to 30 minutes
- No guests or children were allowed at the showing
- No overlaps with other potential buyers
- The house was completely vacant before we showed it
- Hand sanitizer at the door
- Booties to cover shoes
- All lights left on so no one had to touch a switch
We’re so pleased that we were able to sell this home with just one day on the market. This is a true testament to our clients who followed our plan.
This charming Prairie Village home listed last Friday. There weren’t even rumors of a Kansas City shut down at that time. We had tons of interest in this home, and three offers. What we did find was our scheduled inspections and professionals had to enter the home once the stay in place order had begun.
With a tremendous amount of respect for putting the community first, all our vendors were able to patiently schedule their tasks while making social distancing a priority. Everyone is wearing booties and gloves, and making sure to dispose of them immediately upon leaving the property.
We have had to have three different sewer line companies come out for inspections and assessments over two days. Combine that with two small children in this family, and the concerns over COVID-19 and see how you feel… We all feel great because everyone is working together!
This Leawood property is truly one of a kind and I was so excited to show it to my relocation client coming in from Denver. Obviously, those travel plans fell through but I was determined to show this home.
We decided to do a virtual tour via FaceTime.
After setting a time and making sure everyone who wanted to be on the call could make it, I walked through the vacant home alone. I opened every door, turned on every light, and treated this like every home tour I’ve ever led. Only this time, I was holding a phone in my hand and would take a moment to slowly catch a panoramic scan of the room. I was even able to paint the picture of the outstanding natural light that this house enjoys.
I was also able to start the tour earlier than usual. As soon as I entered the subdivision, I was able to show the client what the neighborhood felt like, and capture the street appeal and charm of this home.
This home has sold, and the first time the buyer sees it in real life, the keys will be in their hands.
I know it’s a complicated time right now. We’ve been helping people prepare to sell their homes. There is still an opportunity to sell right now and these three listings are just three examples of the dozens of homes that have sold in Kansas City this week alone.
And perhaps you were thinking of moving before everything changed. Give me a call and we can discuss what you can be doing to prepare for that moment while you’re at home.