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Audio Postcard: How To Sell A House In A Pandemic

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Real estate agents, like everyone else, have had to change their practices to maintain health and safety in the era of COVID-19.

Vermont is teeming with local real estate agents who take great pride in showing their properties. But now that we're all supposed to stay six feet apart, plus working and schooling our kids at home, agents have had to change their practices to accommodate both buyers and sellers.

Steve Lipkin works for Coldwell Banker/Hickok and Boardman and has sold homes in Vermont since 1998. As the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified, he and his team members have altered their daily routines to become more digital, such as offering 3-D video tours of listed homes.

"We're asking everybody to be more patient," Lipkin told VPR from his home office. "I recognize now, more than ever, the importance that home plays in all our lives. It really provides us with a sense of comfort and stability and safety."

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This is the first of what we hope will be a series of audio postcards sent in to VPR. Want to share how your life has changed because of the coronavirus? Record a 2-minute (or less!) voice memo on your smartphone, and send to Listener Comments. We may use it on an upcoming Saturday or Sunday Weekend Edition. Thanks!

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