'Nobody on the planet has ever been through this.' Realtors working cautiously during pandemic

Posted at 6:58 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 19:58:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Realtors in Middle Tennessee are continuing to help people buy and sell homes during the COVID-19 outbreak.

"I haven't heard of a realtor who is not busy," said Betsy Peebles of Pilkerton Realtors.

Peebles admits this public health crisis is uncharted territory for her.

"[It was different] in 2008, because it was the money, the business, the mortgages. It seemed more dire to me. This is scarier because we don’t know anything about it. Nobody on the planet has ever been through this," she said.

This week, Peebles listed a house, had a buyer ask to close early and scheduled appointments for next week. Despite that, she is cautiously optimistic.

"I have a hard time believing we're not going to see something," Peebles said.

Her advice to buyers and sellers is to use common sense.

"I would be cautious and do what you need to do, but I tell buyers that in a great market," she said.

If COVID-19 forces you to make a change, Peebles said with good consultation you should be OK.

"There has been a time on this planet where we didn't have the luxuries we don't have now, and we can all survive," she said.