Times of volatility create opportunities for investment—it’s true of the stock market and it’s also true of real estate right now.
Rarely was there such a sudden and universal jolt to housing markets in the U.S. as there was last month. In a matter of days, school systems closed, restaurants shuttered and a wave of stay-at-home orders extended from coastal states inward, as lawmakers raced to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Real estate agents called off open houses, sellers yanked listings from the marketplace and many buyers, even in some of the hottest housing markets, such as San Francisco Bay Area, put their house hunts on hold.
Recent directives from U.S. Homeland Security and some states like California clarifying that real estate, like garbage disposal and mail, is an “essential business” during the crisis has shown little sign of spurring agents, and, more importantly, their clients, to risk exposure