Definitely NOT Business As Usual
As we promised, now we’re going to break down “what’s happening”, a little at a time.
Let’s assume you were hoping to sell or buy a home within the next few weeks or months, but aren’t actually in the process. The following will definitely affect you if you decide to ramp it up:
- As of noon Tuesday, March 24, 2020, there is a “work from home” order in place in MA for all non essential businesses until April 7.
- That means that 3rd party service providers (photographers, stagers, contractors, appraissers, inspectors, real estate agents, etc.) are not allowed to go out. Service providers can work, consult, talk, conference and advise as long as it’s from our own home.
- The back log in lending (caused by a slew of recent refinancing) is growing and slowing the sale/purchase process.
- County and town offices (registry of deeds, final water meter reads) are closed and/or only allowing electronic filing.
- Notarization issues abound. Because we’re under “stay at home” rules, attorneys can no longer “witness” and notarize deeds, mortgages, 6D certificates, etc.
What to do? Simple. Wait. This will pass and we’ll all be able to go back out again.
We hope this helps.