Michigan real estate industry resumes in-person home tours, sales with COVID-19 precautions in place

Virtual sales used during pandemic

With realtors back on the job buying, selling homes will be different.

DETROIT – In-person home sales resume Thursday, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the real estate industry.

New precautions will in place when Michigan real estate agents get back to seeing clients.

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Sherice Orzechowshi, with Monzo Group Realty, said she will be able to see four clients at a time, with everyone maintaining 6 feet of distance.

“I am really excited to go back. I have three this weekend,” she said.

While agents are excited to get back to work, things didn’t stop completely because of COVID-19. Monzo Group Realty owner Erick Monzo said his business made changes early on to be prepared.

“We made a lot of adjustments, right out of the gate when this came down and I mean months ago,” he said.

Monzo use 3D software and 4K images of homes to create virtual walk-thru tours that captured every aspect of the houses for sale.

“The month of March we sold 92 homes as a group. That is the exact same number that we sold last March," he said.

The real estate agency resuming has been a sign of hope for other workers after the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered numerous businesses and halted many industries.

VIEW: A timeline of closures, event bans, stay-at-home orders

Construction workers also got back to work this week.

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