Selling during Covid-19: What you should know

March 30, 2020
| Elaine Conroy

In times of adversity, it’s more important than ever before that we do everything in our power to support our clients and the community with all their property related needs.

Many people in South East Queensland depend on us when it comes to buying and selling, and we want to let you know our door is still open and we’re here to help you.

 We understand that some people may be hesitant to list their property for sale in the current climate, however for those who want or need to move, we have compiled a simple list of what you need to know to achieve the best outcome.

 

Talk to a Coronis Real Estate Agent

The best place to start if you’re thinking of selling is by speaking to your local Coronis real estate agent. We’re working in unprecedented times and operating under tight restrictions by the Australian Government, but we are still talking to many serious buyers who need to find a new home. Our team of agents will be able to tell you how many buyers there are currently interested in your suburb and what the general feedback has been on the available properties for sale.

 

Book a property appraisal

There are two ways we can provide you with a property appraisal. At the current time, an agent can still come to your property to conduct the appraisal, however we understand you might want to limit the amount of people entering your home.

Therefore the second option is we can conduct the appraisal virtually via video conference. Using Facetime, Microsoft Teams, Zoom or other tech platforms, you can walk us through your property which in conjunction with the available data online, market trends and our local knowledge, will enable us to provide you with an accurate appraisal.

 

Method of sale

As mentioned before, our team is working closely with serious buyers who are pre-qualified with finance approval and cross matching their property criteria with our sellers’ properties. In the past week, we have sold several properties off market so depending on local demand, this could be an option for you.

Alternatively, if we don’t have an immediate buyer for your property, our team of agents will discuss with you the best method of sale for your property including Private Treaty, Auction or Expression of Interest.

 

Presentation and marketing of your property

In order to achieve the best possible outcome, you need to put your best foot forward. This means preparing your property for sale as much as you can… think decluttering, cleaning everything inside and tidying up the yard. You can read our 45 Tips for Selling here (not all of them are applicable at the current time).

Once you’re happy with the presentation of your home, we’ll organize our photographer to come in and take the professional photos and floorplan needed to list your property for sale. We will then promote it across our website, real estate portals including Domain and realestate.com.au, our database of buyers and social media channels to achieve maximum exposure and interest.

 

Property Inspections

When we start to receive enquiries on your property, we will direct them to a virtual walkthrough of your property. From there, we will pre-qualify the buyers to ensure they have finance pre-approval before scheduling a private inspection.

Under the current restrictions by the Government, a maximum of two people can inspect a property at a time (including the agent) unless the buyers are from the same household. Our agents will escort buyers through your property and ensure they don’t touch any surfaces where possible in addition to sanitizing door handles at the completion of the inspection.

 

Expressions of Interest and Offers

If a buyer is interested in putting an offer in on your property, they will do so via email and your agent will negotiate the price on your behalf until both parties come to an agreement.

If you choose to sell via auction, the agent and auctioneer will conduct the auction from our office and buyers will be able to bid from their home via online platforms.

 

Choose your conveyancer

Once we find the right buyer for your property, you will need a conveyancer to manage the settlement process and legally transfer the title of your property over to the new owner.

Our team at Coronis Conveyancing are fully equipped to manage this process digitally including virtual client meetings and Docusign. Our conveyancers work hand in hand with our agents to ensure a smooth, seamless process for our clients and thereby remove any unnecessary stress.

 

Settlement day

Your agent and conveyancer will work with the buyer in the lead up to settlement day to ensure a smooth handover and that all legal obligations are fulfilled. Once all the relevant documents have been lodged and the final payment made, your agent will arrange for the keys to be handed over.

We understand this is a very unique point in time that is evolving on a daily basis. The world around us is changing rapidly, but our commitment to you, our clients, remains the same. We will do everything within our power and the current Government restrictions to help you achieve your desired goal while minimsing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

Our door is open and we’re here to help, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask our Live Chat team on our website, call us on (07) 3105 5777 or email one of our agents directly.

Elaine Conroy
Article by Elaine Conroy
Elaine is a strategic communications professional with extensive experience in corporate and consumer PR and communications across a variety of industries including racing, major events and real estate. As the Communications Manager, she leads Coronis’ communication and content marketing plan…
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