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How to Search for a Home During COVID

Are you looking to move but concerned about safely searching for a home during the COVID-19 pandemic? These times are definitely different than anything we could have imagined. However, with these careful steps, we are able to aid you in searching for a new place to live safely in the Albuquerque area!

How Has Looking for Home Changed Due to COVID-19?

Like many other things that COVID-19 has impacted and altered, searching for a home is no different. Looking for a home during the pandemic will require tenacity and the willingness to be adaptable in everything but your budget.

Home tours have definitely changed the most, and the market has now skewed more in favor of sellers. This transition can lead to bidding wars, as the number of available homes remains low in comparison to the number of buyers looking to take advantage of historically low interest rates. More safety precautions, such as masks and social distancing, have also been put into effect to keep the home buying process as safe as possible.

House tours have changed to improve safety

A woman views a house virtually while searching for a home during COVID-19.

One of the best parts about looking for a home is getting to tour all of the listings that are out there. Unfortunately, that is one thing that COVID-19 has impacted. There have been changes in how buyers are allowed to view homes they are interested in. Potential home buyers are now able to tour and view homes virtually to keep themselves safe. 

While it’s still possible to view a property in person, it may have to be in a smaller group you had originally planned when you started searching for a new home. If you would prefer to tour a home via Zoom, many agencies are offering that as an alternative as well. 

Be prepared for a bidding war

People wearing masks meeting.

There are a lot of buyers in search of additional space to accommodate those spending more time at home. But the limited number of homes available creates a higher demand for homes than are obtainable on the market.

While you may feel like you are staying on top of new homes coming onto the market, sometimes a more personable approach can make the difference in securing your new home. Writing a personal letter to the seller may help by letting them know what living in this home would mean to you as the buyer.  

Wear masks and keep your distance!

A woman puts on a mask.

Be sure to contact your Realtor when you’re interested in touring a new home. In order to keep both buyers and sellers safe, masks will be required to comply with state mandates, and you may be asked to wear gloves. 

We inform you not to alarm you, but to make you aware of the changes that have occurred as a result of the pandemic. Some things, such as the addition of requiring masks and social distancing when touring homes, have been made to improve safety measures not only for the seller, but the buyer as well.

Have Additional Questions About Searching for a Home During COVID?

Searching for a home during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a confusing and scary time for all. However, we are here to help! Contact us today for all of your questions regarding buying and selling in the Albuquerque area during this unprecedented time. We are ready to help you find your dream home safely!