Buying a Home During the Coronavirus – We Are Here For You!

Thinking about buying a piece of High Country property during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Now’s the time to take advantage of historically low interest rates across the state of North Carolina. We’re here to help you find your dream home in the 828 while maintaining safe social distancing guidelines.

Are Real Estate Agents allowed to help you buy a home in North Carolina right now?

YES! Roy Cooper, NC’s Governor, agrees that Real Estate is an Essential Business during this crisis! Our team of agents are working remotely, but they still are able to help you from home.

Is it safe to house hunt during this time?

We will do everything possible to ensure you and your family’s safety while searching for a new home:

  • Facilitating Online searches – In addition to sending you listings that match your most important criteria, searching via our allows you personal access to all listings in the High Country MLS.
  • Utilizing virtual tours. Most listing agents are now offering video tours. Or, I will take video and possibly Facetime with you while in the home so that you can ask questions as we go!  Once you have found the home you’re interested in purchasing, I am also happy to take measurements, etc. upon request.
  • Ensuring the house and neighborhood are a fit for you well before we enter any home. I’ll obtain maps, surveys, neighborhood photos, any additional info available to make sure the home is a solid match.
  • Viewing the home in person; If you are extremely interested and prepared to make an offer on a home in the near future by being pre-qualified, pre-approved or a cash buyer- I will strengthen safety for all by;Preparing the home to show with limited touching.  I will have doors open, lights on, etc.
    • Having everyone sign a Coronavirus Certification.
    • Limiting the number of people who enter.  No kids and only the primary parties; 1-2 at a time.
    • Continuing hygienic precautions with gloves, masks, booties and hand sanitizer before entering.
    • Taking separate cars and maintaining a 6’ foot distance from one another at the property.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting before and after each showing.  Washing hands, using hand sanitizer and disinfecting any surface that gets touched before exiting.

Can I Get Home Inspections Right Now?

YES! Home Inspectors, as well as other inspectors related to purchasing your new home are also Essential Businesses right now and are ready and waiting to work for you! At this time, most inspectors are wearing gloves, some are wearing booties and are conducting their inspections alone, without agents, buyers, or sellers present.

What about Appraisals?

Lenders in our area are conducting in-home appraisals, as usual.  However, The FHA has permitted alternative appraisals to be used in lieu of a full appraisal through May 17, 2020, as a result of the coronavirus. An alternative appraisal usually does not include an in-person interior inspection of the home. Instead, appraisers use exterior inspections, drive-bys, someone else’s inspection (such as a home inspector), or even a video walkthrough hosted by the seller in order to assess the home’s quality and condition.

Are There Possible Delays Right Now Due To Coronavirus?

Coronavirus may cause delays in areas of the Home Buying process.  Things you can do to streamline the process:

  • Make sure to have all documentation in the hands of your lender early in the process of house hunting.
  • Be prepared to jump through additional hoops with your lender to prove income, assets, etc.
  • Be patient with your Realtor®, the sellers and all parties involved as performing services, allowing only one person at a time into the home, getting things completed by due dates may take a little longer than usual.
  • You may also consider having the home deep cleaned before you move in.

What if There Are Delays Past the Contracted Dates?!

If it looks like tasks may not be completed within your Due Diligence timeframe, the Coronavirus Addendum can be added to your Purchase Agreement and signed by all parties, allowing for an extension of deadlines and pushing the closing date out for up to 30 days.

Know that 828 Real Estate has your back!

We will work harder than ever to stay in communication with you, answer all of your questions throughout the buying process and make the purchase of your new home as safe, straightforward and smooth as possible. If you’re interested in starting your High Country home search, fill out the Contact Us form below and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible!

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About the Author

A Realtor® in Boone and the High Country since 2003, I am passionate about offering a superior level of service, innovative marketing and a highly personalized, boutique-style experience to my clientele. I started my real estate career as an Investor and was Broker-In-Charge of my own firm upon moving to Boone. Since that time, I have excelled with other real estate firms and built a strong network of client friends. Together with my network of professionals such as mortgage, insurance, inspection companies, etc. and my own Professional Home Staging business, (https://www.facebook.com/CenterStagedHomes/), we will polish your home buying/selling experience with your goals as a priority. I’ve lived all over the United States from the NE to the SE and California before landing in Boone, NC. You’ve seen the signs, “The mountains are calling and I must go?” Well, that was me 15 years ago! I love bluegrass music and, it seems, many of the great pickers were born in NC with a guitar in their hands! I sing, play a little mandolin and keyboards and you can be found at outdoor festivals and concerts when I’m not showing property! I also participate in many of our area’s outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to kayaking- the New river is my summer home! Caring for the needs of High Country residents is also very important to me and through Cornerstone Summit Church’s ‘Trenches’ team, I serve in many ways from preparing and serving meals at the Hospitality House to School Events to Habitat for Humanity Home Builds. In addition, I am honored to serve our community as a Certified Guardian ad Litem, advocating for children in the courtroom.

The High Country of North Carolina is unique, with large second home and student populations driving much of the market. It’s important that you work with a Realtor® like myself who is experienced and educated in the area, guaranteeing our success together. The acronyms behind my Broker title are not just letters - they stand for something;

GRI - Graduate of the Realtor Institute. Brokers holding this designation have completed 12, 3 day courses over a period of 2 years or more for in-depth training.

ABR - Accredited Buyer's Agent. An (ABR®) designation means your Realtor® has made extra efforts to raise the bar, with additional courses and proven experience in serving BUYERS.

SFR - Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification. Short sales and foreclosures are not for the faint of heart and the courses I've taken arm me with the knowledge to assist clients in this area.

My business approach is founded on building lasting relationships based upon commitment and trust and the majority of my business comes in the way of referrals from past clients. Make me Your Realtor of Choice and work with a person you can trust to take your needs to heart and to find the perfect property for YOU in the HIGH COUNTRY!