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What Is Happening With Buying, Selling and Closing in California??

If the pandemic was happening before the widespread use of the internet, a lot  of our current options would not be available.  So much of our business can be handled without being physically present, that we can get all transaction documents signed, all escrow documents signed, without having to leave our computers.  Listings may be uploaded, viewed and closed virtually. 

One could theoretically forego all physical contact and buy the property, and in fact, some buyers have bought this way.  What is changed, however, is, if strictly following California Association of Realtor guidance, is currently there is no in-person showing of properties, no in-person listing appointments, no property inspections, no in-person open houses--but there are virtual open houses.  Well, what if it's a vacant property, and there's no one to be in immediate contact with?  Maybe then?  Best get legal consultation, but be assured, if your property has to go on "hold" status for a while in the MLS because buyers don't want to come over and see it, and right now many do not, and you're not getting any offers (digitally of course), the MLS will not count those days on "hold" status, so when it does go back to "active", that time on hold will not be included.  

So, right now, Realtors in California do have to comply with the "Safer at Home" California prohibitions.  California Association of Realtors is currently, however, attempting to get the Governor to make real estate one of the essential businesses.  Because after all, some people are already in escrow, and have to move out and away for the new owners.

But if you are thinking of selling, and have more questions about how to handle a "virtual" situation, I can definitely help.  Yes, the County Recorder Office is closed, however, the title company I most prefer to work with is issuing gap title coverage so that a property can still close, and be covered.  Escrow companies are not receiving in-person visits, but their officers are still in the office working, handling phone calls, and issuing documents.  Are you not computer savvy?  You can still get your docs sent to you for execution and physically sending back, but if you can handle digital signatures (not difficult at all) then all real estate transaction documents on the Realtor's end, and all escrow documents can be handled via computer.  This has been the trend for several years now, in fact.

It's a good time to buy, in Long Beach there's 1.6 months of inventory, that means the available properties to buy are low and you could have competition, but on the other hand interest rates are extremely low!!!! so you save money on the monthly payment. And, it's a good time to sell, because there only 1.6 months of inventory in Long Beach.

So contact me to find out your options right now--the crunch won't last forever.



Julia Huntsman, REALTOR, Broker | www.juliahuntsman.com | 562-896-2609 | California Lic. #01188996


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