Real estate brokers move to virtual open houses amid coronavirus outbreak

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As the outbreak continues to impact the daily lives of many Americans, businesses are preparing for a challenging number of weeks (if not months). While many affected businesses seem obvious (restaurants, bars, cinemas), even real estate agents are struggling.

“I had a salesperson in Manhattan who said, ‘I can’t allow someone who’s recently been to Italy or South Korea or China’ into his apartment,” David Kong said. , a salesperson for real estate firm Keller Williams NYC, to The New York Times. To post.
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New York real estate brokers spoke to the New York Post about their current situation. According to the report, brokers are struggling to show properties as many of their clients worry about infection.

“I had a seller in Manhattan who said, ‘I can’t allow anyone who’s recently been to Italy or South Korea or China’ to come into his apartment,” said David Kong, a seller. of real estate firm Keller Williams NYC, to the media. .

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He also told the outlet, “We don’t have casual spectators who come because screening is so tight.” According to him, “We’ve been dealing with this for a few weeks now on Long Island.”

Kobi Lahav also spoke to the New York Post, saying, “In the open house itself, people don’t shake hands, there’s always Purell. Some brokers I’ve noticed are turning down the visits right now – don’t want to be exposed.”

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The current situation has led Kong to start using remote 3D tours on a wider range of locations. It used to reserve these types of tours for more expensive listings or those that might appeal to people from other countries who couldn’t make it in person.

When asked how long he thought the situation would last, Kong told the New York Post, “I don’t think anyone has that crystal ball.”

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He has a positive outlook, however, saying, “I think it will create a lot of pent-up demand when things become safe again.”

Kristan F. Talley