These are no doubt challenging times and we need as much Coronavirus information as we can get! Being educated about the Coronavirus is of utmost importance! I hope you are faring well amidst this global pandemic. During this uncertain time, my philosophy of helping you thrive in your Northern VA community is taking on a different meaning. Now it is important that we each do our part to support our community’s state of well being. We must help each other with sharing necessary supplies, child care resources and we must carefully look out for our elderly residents.
As we move into Spring (YAY!), many of us will suffer with the typical seasonal allergies. These SHOULD NOT be confused with Coronavirus symptoms! Below is a graphic from the CDC comparing COVID-19 symptoms with those of the flu, common cold and seasonal allergies.
CDC Advice If You Think You Are Sick
- Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. There is no treatment for this virus yet. Do not leave your house, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
- Seek medical attention, but call first: Seek medical care right away if your illness is worsening (for example, if you have difficulty breathing).
- Call your doctor before going in: Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
- Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom. Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
- Cover your mouth and nose: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are unable to wear a facemask, you should maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.
The BEST way to prevent the spread of ANY virus is via social distancing.
Business Must Continue
Even with the pandemic, life must go on. For many, that includes continuing with plans to buy or sell their homes or relocate for jobs. It’s time to be smart with our decisions and interactions, including real estate. We need to stay informed and be diligent about following the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
I can only speak for my market – the Northern VA area, but I will tell you in classic realtor fashion that it’s still a good time to buy or sell property. Lets look at the pros and cons of both!
Buyers: Interest rates remain very low giving you more buying power and lower monthly payments. Housing inventory is also low so there is more competition, but that is something we commonly deal with in this area. There are ways to make a competitive offer while still protecting you from overpaying.
Sellers: Because rates and inventory are low, once you put your house on the market it will usually sell quickly and for top dollar. Only virtual open houses are safe to conduct right now, which is a bummer but completely necessary! Listings will also start being shown this way to further maintain distance from others. This is actually common for those who are relocating from another state, so it’s not unfamiliar to agents.
I am always happy to answer questions or bounce ideas back and forth as this is not the easiest situation to navigate! I am here for you, and come equipped with MANY local resources that are yours for the asking! Grace be to God, we’re all remaining healthy, working to keep our children educated and doing our part to support our community during this unprecedented time.
Join the Club
Have you joined my NOVA Neighbors Facebook Group yet? I post lots of up to date info about the Coronavirus and events happening within the community there. It is also a place to share info about your business and the services you offer, if you own your own business.