COVID-19 keeps sellers and buyers (and everyone else) in isolation, but it isn’t keeping them from showcasing their homes or shopping for them online. Today’s advanced video capabilities make many steps in home buying and selling virtually convenient. Furthermore, residential real estate is considered an “essential service” in many states, and exceptions for specific functions performed in-person. Consider these tips for moving forward as a buyer or seller.


  • Buyers can get a comprehensive view of your home via clear, easy-to-access online photos or videos.
  • Follow guidelines from your local government and the National Association of Realtors about in-person showings and open houses. You may need to limit attendees and require shoe removal, hand washing or sanitizing, and the wearing of masks. Or you can ask your agent to host a virtual open house.
  • Stay responsive to questions from buyers who can’t evaluate your entire home in person.


  • Gather information from Realtors and create saved property searches with alerts to help narrow down your home search.
  • Limit in-person viewings to your final candidates.
  • Confirm your mortgage pre-approval if your finances have changed.