Jay Allen's Blog
53 Spencer Street, Millis, MA 02054
$290,900 Price $261,250 Sale Price
A big thank you to all my clients who helped me earn this sales award for 2019. This is the 5th consecutive year I have been privileged to count myself as a member of the 100% club.
I'm really proud of my office. Realty Executives Boston West has a strong roster of 80+ driven, top producing agents. We have a passion for delivering the highest level of professional services the real estate industry has to offer...and we do it with style. Congratulations to my fellow recipients!
Where did all the open houses go? For many, this is the last question on their minds as we face bigger, more pressing challenges navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, there is a segment of the population that have plans set in motion which require them to line up housing here in Massachusetts regardless of the Coronavirus outbreak. And for this reason, Governor Baker named Real Estate as an essential service, with real estate professionals encouraged to continue practicing through this medical crisis.
So if real estate has been deemed an essential business, why aren’t sellers holding open houses anymore? Well, the answer is sellers CAN hold open houses, provided they adhere to the principals of social distancing, limiting access to groups of 10 parties or less, encouraging the use of hand sanitizer, etc. However, many sellers have embraced the practice of restricting access to private showings only, and foregoing the public open house entirely.
Open houses are great tools for sellers to market their homes…but the reality is, a significant segment of open house attendees are buyers who are early in their home search, buyers who have not yet aligned with a buyer’s agent, or curious neighbors keeping tabs on home values in their neighborhood. From a seller’s perspective, if they are going to risk exposure, they prefer only serious, ready, willing, & able buyers to have access their home…hence the restriction to private showings only.
Buyers who are ready to get serious about their home search are encouraged to align themselves with a buyer’s agent who can assist with scheduling private showings. With open houses on pause, this is really the best way to gain access to all the homes currently available to them.
Stay safe, my friends.