Chippewa Valley (WQOW) - Eau Claire realtors say the real estate industry is still going strong, but the pandemic has changed how they do business.
Katie Warner, a real estate professional from Eau Claire Realty, said people are still looking for or listing their homes, but compared to April 1 of last year, she said there are fewer properties on the market now.
Warner told News 18 several clients unlisted their homes because they were immune-compromised and did not want to risk interested buyers being in their home.
For those that are still willing to show their property, people can either do a virtual tour or still see it in person with some stipulations.
"Making sure that not a lot of people are attending the showings, so a limit of two people going with a real estate agent to a house," said Warner. "We're telling sellers to keep the lights on and the doors open so that way it limits the amount of surfaces being touched in a property."
To also help keep the community safe, Eau Claire realty is temporarily not doing open houses wherein the past they've had 50 people walk through a home within two hours.
Warner adds the next two weeks, when they typically see an increase in springtime listings, is where they'll really see how much the pandemic has impacted the real estate market.