Can I Still Buy A House Now?
I get asked very frequently, "Can I buy a house now?" The short answer is, yes.
While the most risk free way, in terms of your health, would be to purchase a home virtually by viewing photos, virtual tours, and floor plans, you are permitted to tour a home. The difference here is that according to New York State COVID regulations, realtors are still considered to be non-essential, and are not permitted to be present at showings. We can't even wait outside, or nearby, as we are expected to be responsibly sheltering in place.
However, we are permitted to arrange for you to tour a home while a seller is there, so that you could confirm everything that you saw virtually. We would then follow up by phone, Zoom, or otherwise, and discuss if and how you wanted to proceed. Just to finish the thought, appraisals, inspections, and closings are all permitted to happen. Anything that could be handled with digital signatures, escrows, and wires, would do so. The overall transaction process may take a little longer, but deals have been closing throughout this crisis. Thank you for staying home and saving lives. Be well, and stay safe.