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Local Real Estate Activity and Open House Tips

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

Real estate activity in Lancaster County, PA continues to climb quickly as more homeowners consider relocation this month. In addition, in-person open houses are back and Realtors are gearing up for an unusually busy fall/winter season. What does this mean for you? Now is a great time to consider purchasing a new home with me!

Just take a look at the below numbers from the Lancaster County BrightMLS system. The data from all homes that are listed for sale with a licensed real estate agent is collected on BrightMLS. The numbers of closed home sales, under contract listings and new listings have all significantly increased in just the last week!

With so many listings coming on the market, now is an excellent time to consider purchasing a new home. If you're doing so, you may have realized that local Realtors are starting to host in-person Open Houses again. Open Houses are a great way see the layout of a home, visualize how you and your family might live in the space, and get a feel for the neighborhood.

Keep in mind that COVID-19 protocols are still in place during Open Houses. This means that you should be prepared for the following:

- You will be required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer. You may also be asked to wear gloves and shoe coverings. These should be provided by the Realtor if you do not have your own.

- You will need to social distance, except for those within your own party. However, for the peace of mind of the homeowners, it would be advisable to limit the number of people in your party as much as possible, and to leave young children at home.

- You will be asked to refrain from touching objects in the home. The Realtor will need to sterilize everything that was touched between visitors and after the Open House, so be careful about what you handle.

- You should not attend an Open House if you have experienced fever, shortness of breath, or any other symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 3 days, or if you have travelled out of the area or been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

- You should be required to sign a COVID-19 Property Access Notice form detailing the precautions that PA Real Estate Licensees should be taking and acknowledging your risk in entering someone else's home.

Even with these changes, Open Houses are still a fun way to experience a home. Stand in the living room, close your eyes, and imagine whether you can see your family relaxing in the space. Yes! Turn your head, can you see yourself using the kitchen? Yes! Can you see yourself cleaning all those windows? No........

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