Over 27 years in the real estate business, I’ve come to learn that there’s always a new challenge just around the corner. Never did I imagine that we’d be dealing with a crisis like the one we’re all dealing with now.
The safety of those who trust us to assist them with a real estate trade and the safety of our agents is our top concern as we navigate this uniquely complex issue.
It’s clear that real estate markets across our country will be seriously disrupted.
It’s also clear that many Saskatonions find themselves in a position where they simply need to make a move. There could be a multitude of valid reasons why that’s important.
If your family is in a position where a move isn’t optional, it’s only natural that you’d feel concerned, that you’d have all kinds of questions that need to be answered.
We want you to know that we are here for you.
We’re here to answer your questions about the market, and how it can best be navigated to meet your family’s needs and objectives.
We’re here to guide you on timing, and when it might be best for you to act.
We’re here to ensure that if you must proceed, you can do so as safely as possible.
More than anything, we want to see you and your family in a safe place.
A residential real estate brokerage built for a pandemic
While I never saw this coming, I quickly realized that everything we’ve done as a company would be useful to our clients and our agents right now.
Since its inception in 2014, Royal LePage Vidorra and TeamFisher have operated virtually and paperlessly. This leaves us in a unique position to serve both buyers and sellers in the environment we’re in right now. We have the tools and the skills to use them. Those tools allow us to provide a high-level of service, often without having to connect physically.
What all of our clients can expect of us
- Minimize human contact by meeting virtually whenever possible
- A thoughtful home showing protocol to reduce the risk for all parties
- Our paperless operation eliminates the need for physical document delivery
- Electronic signature applications allow us to negotiate from a distance
- Convey electronic documents to anyone who needs them
- Online concierge to assist with planning all aspects of your move
Home showing protocols
Ultimately, most home buyers are not going to feel comfortable making a decision on a home without a physical viewing.
So, let’s talk about safety.
What our buyers can expect from us
- We’ll begin by ensuring that you only view homes that have a high probability of meeting your family’s needs. We will pre-qualify those homes rigorously to ensure that there are no wasted trips.
- Should you choose to view any property, our agent will meet you there, and keep a safe distance through the showing.
- You can count on us to do all of the touching so you don’t have to.
- Should you choose to make an offer, we will be there to manage all aspects of the transaction and minimize your need to be physically present.
What we expect of our buyers
- Show up on time.
- Singles or couples only, please (this is not an appropriate time to bring the kids).
- Stay together while viewing the home.
- Respect social distancing guidelines.
- Don’t touch. Your agent will open and close anything that needs to be opened and closed.
Following this protocol provides for the lowest levels of risk, and is likely far safer than a trip to the grocery store.
What our sellers can expect of us
We realize that showing your home is a concern. You’re inviting strangers into your home where your family will later return.
- Count on us to present your home as fully and completely as it can possibly be presented online.
- Professional photos.
- Beautiful immersive 3D tours.
- Rich details and descriptions.
- We will conduct careful screening of all buyers who request a viewing (no looky-loos - qualified buyers only).
- We will instruct all buyer agents that showings are limited to two additional people, that those people be adults, and that we expect agents to do any touching, and only when absolutely necessary.
What we expect of our sellers
- Trust that we are acting as we would if it were our own home being shown.
- Leave the home for the showing (a half-hour drive works well).
- Turn on all lights before leaving to minimize the need to touch.
- Open all closet doors to further minimize the need to touch.
- Pull back window coverings so that buyers can see the windows without having to touch.
Would you like to talk?
I invite you to use the online calendar below to book a ten-minute call with me at a time that suits you. I'll answer your questions, tell you a bit more about our process and you'll have what you need to determine if a move with TeamFisher makes sense.