In “normal” times, whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate through the process. You need someone you can turn to who will tell you how to price your home correctly right from the start. You need someone who can help you determine what to offer on your dream home without paying too much or offending the seller with a low-ball offer.
We are, however, in anything but “normal” times, of course. We are still collectively battling one of the greatest health and economic crises our nation has ever seen. Like most aspects of our lives, the pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the journey consumers take to purchase or sell a home. Yes, we are in a challenging time, but as GARDNER, REALTORS President and CEO Glenn Gardner wrote, the 2020 Housing Market is nothing like it was during the 2008 crash. Think this is a housing crisis? Think again. Still, even though this isn’t 2008, to successfully navigate the landscape today, you need more than an experienced guide. You need a ‘Real Estate Sherpa.’
According to Lexico, a Sherpa is a “member of a Himalayan people living on the borders of Nepal and Tibet, renowned for their skill in mountaineering.” Sherpas are skilled in leading their parties through the extreme altitudes of the peaks and passes in the region – some of the most treacherous trails in the world. They take pride in their hardiness, expertise, and experience at very high altitudes.
They are much more than just guides.
This is much more than a normal real estate market.
Today, the average guide just won’t do. You need a Sherpa. You need an expert who understands how COVID-19 is impacting the thoughts and actions of the consumer (ex: safe open houses, virtual showings, safety protocols, e-signing docs, etc.). You need someone who can simply and effectively explain the changes in today’s process to you and your family. You need an expert who will guarantee you make the right decision, especially in these challenging times.
What’s more, you need a LOCAL expert. During this pandemic, our team at GARDNER, REALTORS has been reporting up to date data, calming your nerves by reminding you that not only does our local market still exist, it is growing each week! Chip Gardner, VP of Operations and Special Initiatives at GARDNER, REALTORS held a Real Estate Q&A to discuss the state of the local real estate market and what to expect as we move forward. He notes:
“We know that Real Estate, or shelter, is one of our three basic needs. When you take away one of those needs like we’ve seen during the pandemic, there is what we refer to as pent up demand. The local housing market is very healthy with new contracts coming in and plenty of opportunities for people to invest. So, with all of the uncertainty in the world, let’s move Real Estate down the list of worries. The wave of real estate activity is HERE, and we know that housing will be one of the biggest factors leading the way to economic recovery.”
Hiring a trusted real estate advisor who understands how the pandemic is reshaping the real estate processes is crucial right now. Let’s connect today to guarantee your journey is a safe and successful one. To get started or for more information on the housing market during these unprecedented times, please contact your local experts at GARDNER, REALTORS today!
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