The coronavirus pandemic has caused much disruption to people’s lives. Many people have been forced to self-isolate, which means that they are unable to work or study. Many events – Glastonbury and Eurovision to name but a few – have also been cancelled as a result of the pandemic. It is fair to say that the pandemic has had a strong negative impact on the world. What is more, the pandemic has affected real estate markets across the globe. Let us, therefore, briefly explore how real estate markets have been affected.
The real estate market has suffered at the hands of the coronavirus because people are unable, and unwilling, to visit properties. Many open houses have been cancelled, for example, which means that many people will be unable to sell properties. Moreover, apartment tours have also been reduced – some have even become online video tours. In essence, the notion of self-isolation has made it very difficult for people to view and, consequently, purchase properties.
This is particularly the case in New York. According to Halstead Property, there were just under 4000 showings scheduled this past weekend, which is a massive drop from the typical number of approximately 6000. This seems to confirm the thesis that people are unwilling to visit properties. Of course, this amount of uncertainty will cause the demand for new properties to decline. This will, in turn, cause house prices to decline. This will be the case in some of the worst affected countries, such as Italy and Iran, for example.
In conclusion, the coronavirus pandemic will continue to negatively impact global real estate. Real estate markets ought to be monitored closely in the coming months, in order to see how things change.