Real estate activity holds steady in a COVID-19 world.

As expected, the results from March were varied as the full impact of COVID-19 was yet to be determined. March 2020activity was on pace to mirror March 2019 and ended just slightly down by -1.5%.

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Brokers were temporarily on the sidelines due to the Stay at Home order allowing only those brokers with contracts pending able to work to satisfy buyers and sellers obligations. This was later revised to allow showings, inspections, etc, with strict restrictions in place. Only two persons in a home (including broker), No Open Houses, work remote if possible, to name a few. The result of this was some sellers pulling homes off market, particularly occupied homes. Other sellers rushed to market. Buyers thought they had hit the jackpot and came out in droves, looking for bargains. The result is a continued strong market, for sellers and a continued frustrating market for buyers. Cash deals, over asking offers and short market times are still occurring, particularly in strong markets like Bellevue. Although the full extent of this will not be determined until Aprils numbers are in, but I expect volumes down slightly but those deals that do happen will be at or near asking with short Days on Market.

Going forward, as restrictions relax and people return to work, expect a flood of both houses and buyers to occur. Sellers will need to be extra sharp going forward and use brokers who use 3-D virtual tours, high quality pictures and are prepared to go the extra mile in service. Buyers need to be extra prepared, have financing pre-underwritten and use a broker who is adept at buying in a virtual world. My experience at buying homeS sight unseen during the foreclosure crisis has given me this skill.

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