Real estate brokers adjust business practices during pandemic

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) Real estate offices remain open, adjusting to the new normal.

MLS data shows pending sales are down 15 percent in Bay County, although prices are up. While stay-at-home orders and social distancing remain in effect, realtors must find new ways to help prospective buyers and sellers.

Virtual tours and FaceTime meetings are more popular than ever before, which can save clients time. In-person tours present their own challenges.

"If you show a vacant house, there's no issues," American Realty broker and owner Tony Viejo said, "but a lot of times we call ahead of time. Is anybody sick in the house? Then there's also like, 'could they leave the house an hour before I go show it to make sure it's empty?' When I walk around the house, I put my hands in my pockets to make sure I don't touch anything because it's really easy to touch things. Everybody is more conscious now."

Vacation rentals have been suspended through April 9.

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