Announcement | Resources

Buying Real Estate during COVID-19

In this ever-changing time where the only certain thing is uncertainty itself, many businesses have been faced with a choice: shut down, or pivot. We’ve seen beloved restaurants close their doors but turn on their ignitions for delivery or curbside. Alcohol suddenly became deliverable, and cinematic releases are now streaming on home televisions. 

Homespace is not shutting down; it’s going to pivot. Until further notice, the following options will be available to clients:

1. Zoom/phone call consultations
How it works: All initial consults will be conducted over email, phone, or Zoom call.

2. Virtual tours of vacant properties.
How it works: I’ll help put together your tour schedule as normal, but will do a virtual video tour of the homes you’re interested in. Homespace has invested in top of the line video-stabilizing products to increase the quality of your tours and will deliver an in-depth video tour of each house or rental via Google Drive. There will also be a followup call to discuss any questions or concerns.

3. Zoom tours of occupied properties.
How it works: For the respect and safety of all involved parties, tours of occupied properties will be done via Zoom or Facetime with the current tenants/owners showing their home. Homespace will coordinate these calls in advance and be on the call to help direct any questions.

4. Zero-contact tours.
How it works: In situations where a client must see a vacant home in person or has narrowed virtual tours down to the final one or two top choices, I will be conducting zero-contact tours on a case by case basis. Clients must adhere to all CDC guidelines in order to schedule an in-person tour.

5. Remote inspections, negotiations, paperwork, and closings.
How it works: Much of the renting and buying process post-tour is done remotely already, so things won’t look too different once a house has been decided on. Home inspectors have been sending digital reports for years and will continue to operate that way during the pandemic. All negotiations will take place via phone call, text, or email per usual, and all paperwork will be digitally signed. 

This is a challenging, ever-changing time for everyone, and your patience is greatly appreciated as we all learn how to navigate the “new normal”. The good news is that the real estate market in Austin has remained largely unaffected by the pandemic, and Austin is still one of the fastest-growing cities in America. My goal is that with the above precautions in place, Homespace can continue to offer the same services you know and expect and together we can pivot and keep moving forward.


Stay healthy. Stay positive. Stay in touch.

April 20, 2020

Announcement | Resources

Homespace Realty and COVID-19

This is a strange time for everybody, and I have no doubt that all of your inboxes have been flooded with emails from every advertiser you know on how they’re handling business during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Thank you for your patience as I’ve taken time to figure out how to safely continue conducting real estate business during a time when social distancing is a best practice.

Here’s how Homespace is planning to help for the foreseeable future:

CURRENT CLIENTS

I am still a call, text, or email away and am here for anything you need as we navigate through your contract and upcoming moves. We will do as much as we can remotely, and handle the rest by proceeding as planned while keeping in line with the CDC’s recommendations. 

RENTERS & BUYERS WITH UPCOMING MOVES OR LEASE EXPIRATIONS

Please contact me to discuss your options. I am working with owners and landlords to conduct virtual tours of vacant and new construction properties, and am in close talks with several apartments in the area to obtain video tours of their available units while their doors are closed to the public.

Until CDC recommendations change, I will not be showing occupied homes or rental units in person out of respect and safety to everyone involved. I will, however, do my very best to arrange FaceTime or virtual showings of any properties you wish to see so long as all parties agree to participate. All new client consultations will be done via phone call or video chat.

SELLERS AND INVESTORS

I am now including Matterport 3D virtual home tours as part of my listing package so that we can make remote showings more interactive and appealing to potential buyers while protecting your home from unnecessary traffic. All listing appointments will be done via video call until the CDC has updated its recommendations. 

A note on real estate in 2020

We’re all in the same boat here, and no one can say with certainty how everything will shake out when things settle back down. What I can tell you is that title companies are open and doing remote closings, lenders are still issuing loans, and I am still working and available as your real estate resource, albeit with the above modifications. 998 homes hit the market this week, and as of now real estate in Austin is still moving.

On a personal level, I sincerely hope that all of my past, current, and future clients can stay home as much as possible until things settle down. If, however, you do need to move, please reach out to me and we’ll figure out how to make things work in this unique time. 

Stay home. Stay safe. Stay in touch.

March 23, 2020

Announcement

Homespace Realty Launches New Site

Welcome to the Homespace Realty website! This site was built to help potential, current, and past clients navigate the Austin area real estate market.

Homespace takes a data-driven approach to real estate, and much of our content will reflect this. The goal at Homespace is to give buyers, sellers, and investors the best real estate experience possible as well as their own personal toolkit of information to make educated and informed financial decisions.

We’re active on Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to ‘like’ the Homespace Realty Facebook page to stay up to date!

To learn more, start on the homepage.

November 12, 2017