The house concept over the last year and a half has been gutted, if you will, because of the pandemic. Our homes have been converted into a refuge, meeting room and classroom.
Those looking for a more picturesque setting flock to less populated areas such as New Mexico, pushing up house prices as the days a property is on the market go down, creating a sellers’ market. In the land of manana, you have to act quickly these days, in some cases even not sleeping on it, when making an offer on a house.
With limited real estate inventory, when it comes to choices that fit your budget and needs, “you can often count them on one hand,” says Rey Post, associate broker at Sotheby’s International Realty and host of the radio show. All about real estate, airs from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays on KTRC 1260 AM.
Buyers today are tech savvy and have often searched for and virtually visited a property online. “The use of technology over the past 18 months has been extraordinary. Buyers bought on sight, ”Post says. “The vast majority of homes sell for list price or above. “
For those of us who are not in the market, many have made renovations, cosmetic upgrades, and other upgrades to accommodate our new or temporary lifestyle changes in work and leisure at home. House.
One of my favorite places to get inspired is the Haciendas de Santa Fe – A Parade of Homes, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association’s flagship event is a self-guided tour of new and newly renovated homes celebrating the best in design, construction and landscaping, including sustainable “green” technologies and enabling visitors to explore the unique use of materials, technique and philosophy.
“There is nothing more basic than the energy and love we pour into our homes,” says Miles Conway, CEO of the Home Builders Association.
This is all the more true as we find ourselves working and learning at home. “You’re going to have some great ideas on how to improve your space,” says Conway.
“It’s fun,” Post says. “You will have the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations in the kitchen with the builder who built it. The educational process that accompanies participation in the Parade of Homes is the icing on the cake. “
Other cities “rarely match the contraption you see in Santa Fe,” says Conway.
Regarding the etiquette of attending house tours such as the house parade, open houses or a private screening, Theresa Shrader, Associate Broker at Realty One of Santa Fe, shared her “Rules of the House”. home ‘to be a good and responsible guest.
Safety first: COVID-19 security and the personal safety of the officer are paramount. State warrants and brokerage policy will inform protocols such as mask wearing, whether officers drive separately, and how many people can see a house at a time. It is important that customers are patient and adaptable to these changing regulations. When it comes to personal security, many officers are trained in self-defense because they put themselves in a vulnerable situation where they are alone with people they have had little time to control. A brokerage may require that an agent meet potential clients first in the office, be accompanied by another agent, or call from the road.
Outfit: Masks and proper footwear are important to consider when viewing properties. You will need to wear a mask inside and if you are sharing a vehicle with your agent. You may be asked to remove your shoes or wear slippers when walking around a house, but you will also need good shoes for traversing steep or muddy terrain and walking property lines. Consider bringing an extra pair of clean shoes if you are visiting multiple properties or grounds.
Calendar: Stick to it! Home touring requires the coordination of you, your agent, listing agent and owner, especially if it is owner occupied. COVID-19 protocols and personal preference may require separate vehicles and staggered views to avoid duplication, increasing the risk of delay. If you see several houses in a row, it increases the number of people waiting for you. When you need more time in a house, the agent will try to make it easier for you or schedule an additional visit.
Car park: On open days where several people attend, follow the posted signs or park on the same side of the street, keeping it easily passable.
Behind closed doors: Opening cabinets, drawers and cupboards is expected when visiting a home to assess condition and storage space. You can also open and close locked medicine cabinets, windows, and doors, but leave all contents intact and the whole house as you found it, especially if there are pets around. Respect homeowners’ requests not to use the restroom, often marked with tape on restrooms or other signs.
Bring the children: Keep young children with you, and hand in hand, if a house is full of trinkets or tempting entertainment. Shrader advises, “Children should be cautioned to be good guests, but I like it when children come into a room and say, ‘This is my room! “
Do not disturb: While tempting, never knock on the door of a house for sale. Contact the agent listed on the sign or online listing.
Practice patience: As the real estate market moves at the speed of light, everything else is taking longer to do due to the volume and the virus. “As professionals, we all do our best,” Post says. Be kind and patient to wait outside to view a property until the closing process.
The Santa Fe design offers unique inspiration inside and out. But no matter where you live, from mansions and modular homes to factories, home is the place we make it our own.
Bizia Greene is an expert in etiquette and owns the Santa Fe School of Etiquette. Share your comments and puzzles at [email protected] or 505-988-2070.