The following article, quoting ERA Key President and COO Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor, appeared in The MetroWest Daily News and The Milford Daily News on May 28, 2020.
By Alison Bosma
When Framingham-based real estate agent Kathy Foran shows potential buyers a house, she suits up with a mask, gloves and even protective booties.
“That’s a no-brainer,” the 30-year industry veteran said. “That’s required.”
Sellers are also asked to leave open interior doors, like closets, and leave lights on, to help agents and house hunters avoid touching anything, and potentially picking up COVID-19.
“A vacant home has certainly been a hot commodity right now,” said Cheryl Taylor, president and CEO of ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge, which oversees several offices in the Milford and MetroWest region.
That’s because it means no one who potentially has the virus has been in the house lately, she explained.
Though agents have modified how they do their jobs, the business of buying and selling houses has continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic, as one of the state’s essential industries.
“I spent most of the weekend in sellers’ homes and ended up with over 10 offers, I think,” Taylor said, adding that sale prices have not dropped. “It’s an amazing time to sell right now. .... As long as you’re comfortable, and you can do it safely and without putting yourself at risk.”
Low inventory, meaning there aren’t nearly enough houses for sale as there are buyers, was a known issue before the pandemic. It’s still a seller’s market, even though sales are down sharply, compared to where they were this time last year.