As the coronavirus pandemic continues to interrupt the flow of daily life, the real estate industry continues to press onward.
A local Tyler business, Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors, has made adjustments to keep their clientele safe as they view homes and attend open houses.
“Real estate is considered an essential business,” said realtor Kris McGeary. “The clients’ safety is the top priority so we are taking every precaution when showing houses.”
Those measures include video calls with clients, online listing interviews, and open houses made by appointments where only one to two people are allowed to be present at once.
When clients come in to view a house they are required to wear gloves or bring Clorox wipes.
They are instructed not to touch anything, and McGeary comes to the home ahead of time to turn on all lights and open the doors and cabinets to ensure that her clients don’t need to put their hands on anything in the house.
In McGeary’s case, she has stayed busy through the pandemic and has said that many people continue to have the need to move, whether it be for downsizing or relocation purposes.
“In some cases people were just hired and have to move to the area for relocation for their jobs,” said McGeary. “In other cases, some may have lost their jobs and their homes may have a lot of equity. So they sell their homes and downsize.”
Buyers who are currently looking at houses on the market are serious buyers who are moving for a reason, said McGeary.
Residential real estate is now considered one of the 16 essential categories of the economy as stated by the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
According to the National Association of Realtors, every time a home is purchased $58,000 are generated back into the local economy. They additionally published a statistic which states that for every two homes sold, one job is created.
Due to its role in the local and national economy as well as its role in keeping housing access open to the public, McGeary is intent on continuing to meet her clients’ needs while keeping them safe.