COVID19 UPDATE

Answers to your property seller questions during Covid-19

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Q: Is spring still the best time to list a Hawaii home for sale? Is now a good time to sell my Hawaii home, or should I wait until the economy stabilizes? 

Now is a good time, but be prepared for an increase in ‘days on market’ and/or fewer inquiries. buyers are still looking, but due to showing restrictions, the market is moving slower now. 

Now is a great time to prep your house to put on the market and have it ready once we start to see travel restrictions lifted. Anticipate a slight downturn in pricing, especially in the luxury market.


Q: Is it even possible to list my home with Hawaii Life during social distancing? If so, what are the steps to listing my home? 

Yes. With social distancing in place, we make sure the home gets as much exposure as possible, while still protecting the home and everyone who visits. All precautions are being taken to list your home safely. These may include private showings, the requirement of a buyer’s pre-approval letter, and questions to prospective buyers about their travel history. 

Hawaii Life agents have the technology to work remotely, on a limited basis. All other stakeholders, including appraisers, inspectors, title, escrow, etc. are currently working but in a more limited capacity. 

Please be aware that all aspects of the process may take a bit longer as we are working at limited capacity.


Q: How can I get a video or 3-D walk-thru produced to help market my home for sale?

Hawaii Life is well-versed in virtual walkthrough tours and has been encouraging them for years on listings. Our agents have the resources available to produce videos and 3D walkthroughs tours, in addition to more professional photography. 


Q: What precautions are Hawaii Life agents taking to protect my family and me if they show my home to prospective buyers? 

Depending on the home, showings are done by 3-D walkthrough only, or on a limited basis. It’s best to discuss strategy with your agent. Together, you can explore options that make you feel the most comfortable, to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available. We ask if you recently traveled that you disclose this information and quarantine for the recommended amount of time (currently 14 days) before viewing any Hawaii properties.


Q: How can I prepare to sell my Hawaii home (in the summer) while I’m practicing social distancing?

Now is an excellent time to clean, make repairs, and declutter your home, so it’s ready to go when you list. It’s also a good time to build a relationship with a real estate agent. Ask questions. Make sure the agent is tech-savvy and can operate in a more virtual world using video, various apps, and social media tools to help market your property. 


Q: How can I complete the listing paperwork necessary to list my Hawaii home for sale? 

Our company offers the option for electronic signatures on all documents and contracts using DocuSign electronic signing. 


Q: How can I safely show my Hawaii home for sale?

The safest way to show your home right now is by using a 3-D tour, video, floorplan and/or professional photos. You can request that only pre-approved buyers visit your home and limit the number of people who will walk through the property while using social distancing precautions. 


Q: How have buyer ‘needs and wants’ changed in recent weeks? How do you expect them to evolve through 2020? 

Buyers will likely be looking for more deals due to the recent economic slowdown. However, lower pricing is likely to be island/area/neighborhood specific. You can view homes with recently reduced prices at this link


Q: Where can I find additional resources for sellers in Hawaii?

Contact our Customer Experience team by Text, Email, Call or use the Chat feature on our website. Connect with one of 350+ tech-savvy agents statewide to answer your questions. You can visit our website’s main page at hawaiilife.com and follow our blog for the latest real estate news and information. 

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