Renting in our Current Climate

Covid-19. I doubt you’ve gone more than a few minutes without thinking about it or it’s long-reaching effects in some form. With knowledge on how to approach this “new normal” for everyday life we can make better decisions for ourselves and our families. Housing is and always will be a basic need. Covid-19 has made real estate brokers quickly adjust practices to allow us to best assist our clients in this time of need.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions from clients, friends, and family regarding my business and what’s changed since Covid-19. As an industry, our response to the pandemic has prioritized preserving the health and safety of our agents, staff, colleagues, and of course, our clients. One of the biggest movements that we in the real estate field have embraced from the shelter-in-place order is not showing occupied homes. This allows us to lessen in-person contact and help stem the spread of the virus.
With the shelter-in-place order still going strong, at least until the end of May in Illinois, what renters need to prepare themselves for is finding homes solely based on virtual tours. The likelihood of seeing a home in person is much lower than just a few months ago. As an industry, we have reacted to this policy by shooting video walkthroughs and taking clients on virtual tours of properties via video conferencing services like FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, etc. Many clients are making decisions based on a video or virtual tour and unit photos. Those that can’t bring themselves to make a decision based solely on these points will only be able to tour options that are still available once a tenant vacates. It’s not the end of the world if you have to wait to see something in person but your range of available options will oftentimes be what is left over following the initial rush of listings for a given availability date.
We are constantly learning and adjusting to best suit our client’s needs. We will continue to go above and beyond to assist you in finding the home that best suits you. Stay safe out there.
Matthew Williams
Director of Leasing, Vesta Preferred Realty