Are wondering how Arlington Virginia agents can support clients and the community during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Not surprisingly, Arlington VA was an early responder to the CDC’s warning about the Novel Coronavirus. Our community took quick action in advocating social distancing, cleanliness measures to help prevent the spread, expanded community aid programs, and even setup a dedicated online page for local restaurants offering takeout food.
At Brad Winkelmann Properties we are working hard to support our home buyers and sellers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Buying and Selling continues amid COVID-19 and we are quickly shifting our transaction processes to support clients by offering virtual tours, digital communication, technology & tools, and private showings–and limiting face-to-face interaction. My smart approach to transactions allows us to open and close a home sale almost entirely online. Contact me today to learn more. I also want to give a shout out and thank to Arlington Now for supporting Small Business Owners during the COVID-19 Crisis.
There is the reality we are all facing–which is we are not sure what tomorrow will bring. However, responsive action, as demonstrated by Arlington County officials and Arlington Small Business Owners, represents the strength of our community and the willingness of officials to take large measures to protect our citizens.
Additionally, with real estate being an enormous business sector in Northern Virginia, we Realtors in Arlington Virginia are also stepping up and looking for ways to support clients and the community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Below are several efforts we are taking to support the fight against COVID-19. Below are some ways to support clients and the community during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
How Arlington Virginia Agents Can Support the Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Support our First Responders and Health Care Workers
As a former Police Officer, I fully understand the extraordinary strain a pandemic places on First Responders and Health Care Workers. In particular, our frontline healthcare workers are the pandemic’s first responders, and are being asked to risk their own health on our behalf. Not only are first responder’s handling Coronavirus cases but they are also managing citizens with exacerbated mental health concerns, reckless teenagers defying mandates, and enforcing lock-downs all under the constraint of limited resources, supplies, and space. Therefore, it is critical that we recognize and support our First Responders and Health Care Workers staying home and doing our part to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Show your support on social media and thank any First Responders and Health Care Workers that you know. You can also get involved with “Thank Your First Responder” @thankyoufirstresponder.org, and “Operation Gratitude” @operationgratitude.com.
Follow the CDC Guidelines for Prevention
As most of us are aware of now, the best course of action is to follow the CDC guidelines for managing the spread of COVID-19. The CDC urges individuals to take these measures to protect themselves and others:
- Practice social distancing by staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- Stay home if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other cold or flu-like symptom.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
Additionally, to help prevent the continued spread of Coronavirus, on March 15, 2020, the CDC recommended that for the next 8 weeks, all in-person events consisting of 50 or more people, such as conferences and assemblies, be cancelled, postponed or modified virtual event.
How Arlington Virginia Agents Can Support Clients during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Stay Connected with Clients (Digitally)
Now, more than ever, clients need our reassurance and support. As Agents, we have been training for years for digital transactions. We can chat with client’s online, video chat, and stay connected with clients in ways we could have never dreamed of before. In this day and age, we can open and close an entire real estate transaction with virtually no face-to-face interaction making it possible to offer our clients our full support during this difficult time. If you have been slow to adopt technology into your business, now is the time to change that, and fast.
Be Sure to Screen Fairly
It goes without saying that we are all doing everything we can to limit social contact while still keeping our transactions on track. Many of us have resorted to digital communication and individual tours and meetings only absolutely necessary. When it comes to taking meetings, it is reasonable to some questions beforehand, but make sure you do it fairly. According to NAR, “you may ask clients or others about their recent travel, particularly to areas identified as having an increased risk of Coronavirus. To avoid potential fair housing issues, be sure to ask all clients the same screening questions based on current, factual information from public health authorities.” Additionally, if you typically drive clients around, now is the time to put that on hold. Instead simply arrange to meet clients at a property and offer hand sanitizer as a gift when you meet. If you do show a property be sure to clean and disinfect surfaces like door handles before and after the showing, and to ask clients to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands. Finally, do not to offer refreshments of any kind (except perhaps bottled water).
The final opportunity here is, if you are getting ready to list a new property and the budget allows (which it should because you will be saving money elsewhere), include a Virtual Tour! It is possible to do it yourself but I highly recommend a professional version. The average cost of creating a Virtual Tour is about $350, however it is a very justifiable cost given the circumstances because a Virtual Tour will be more effective in weeding out prospective buyers from the serious buyers, thereby limiting the amount of face-to-face contact necessary for the transaction.
A Final Note
As I mentioned earlier, Virginia is now a takeout- and delivery-only zone. And that means big changes — and major hardship — for many Arlington restaurants and food businesses. Though it’s not a long-term solution, ordering delivery and takeout is the most tangible way to support these local businesses during trying times. Let’s do what we can to support our local Arlington County Virginia – Government . Here’s an updated list of participating restaurants and specials.
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