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Real Estate in The Age of Coronavirus

By Brian Shaprio

Technology & New Safety Procedures Result in Increase in Sales

As Miami-Dade County gradually opens back up for business, more and more buyers and sellers are also starting to venture back into the real estate market. In Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, real estate activity has started to pick up noticeably with 16 closed sales, 27 properties placed under contract, and 33 new properties listed for sale in just the first two weeks of May!

If you are thinking about buying or selling, the good news is that the latest technology and safety procedures have made it easier and safer for everyone involved.

Online Zoom meetings allow for us to discuss selling and marketing, collaborate on pricing and staging, and answer questions or concerns without having to meet in person.

Professional high-resolution photography, videos, online floor plans, 3D interactive virtual tours, virtual showings and virtual open houses allow buyers to explore homes online before requesting an in-person showing.

Screening and pre-qualifying interested buyers while adhering to CDC best practices for all in-person showings include limiting access to 2-3 people per showing, wearing masks and disposable gloves, asking visitors to refrain from touching or opening anything in the home without assistance, and walking outside for longer discussions and to answer questions.

Digital signature tools like DocuSign and new digital notary services allow buyers and sellers to sign and exchange documents online without physical contact.

If you are thinking about buying or selling, ask your Realtor® how you can take advantage of these and other technologies and safety practices for a successful and safe transaction during these special times.


BRIAN SHAPIRO is Senior Vice President of the Jo-Ann Forster Team at Compass and lives in Pinecrest with his wife and three children. To discuss the market and your particular situation, call him at 305.978.8655 or email Brian@JoannForsterTeam.com.

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