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How Home Has Changed Since COVID-19

It’s safe to say that pets are benefiting the most from COVID-19 stay-at-home and safer-at-home orders. As we all soak in more togetherness in the comfort of our homes, we’re spending more time with our furry friends. Cuddling with your dog reduces your levels of Cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress, depression, and anxiety — all of which you’re bound to feel given the chaotic state of the world. Loving on your pet also increases Oxytocin, the love hormone; Beta Endorphins, a natural painkiller; and Dopamine, the reward hormone. With lower levels of Cortisol and higher levels of Oxytocin, Beta Endorphin, and Dopamine in your body, you can feel happier and more relaxed, helping your home feel like a safe space and peaceful place.

Home Selling and Home Buying During COVID-19

The importance of a happy home is ever increasing, leading many people to pursue home selling and home buying during COVID-19. While the real estate market has changed, it’s still a great time to buy a new property or sell your current house, especially if you’re a resident of Seminole County, Florida. This area of the Sunshine State is wonderful place to live with great shopping, delicious restaurants, and top-performing schools. There are some beautiful parks to visit with your pets as well, including Center Lake Park, Trotwood Park, and Arbor Park Dog Park. Plus, there are roughly 10 animals hospitals and 14 pet salons and mobile groomers to keep your furry friends feeling and looking their best.

Digging deeper into the real estate market in Seminole County, in May 2020, the median list price of homes was 305,000 dollars, trending up 5.2 percent. More specifically, there are currently 254 active listings in Oviedo, which are on the market for an average of 44 days, and there are currently 216 active listings in Winter Springs, which are purchased after an average of 42 days.

Changes to the Real Estate Market

If you’re considering home selling or home buying during COVID-19, be prepared for the process to look different than you may expect. Real estate professionals are relying more and more on virtual tours, 3-D floor plans, and drone videos to ensure that in-person showings include only serious potential buyers. If open houses are scheduled, they’ll include a limited number of visitors per time slot. And of course, it’s encouraged that everyone wears a mask and/or gloves and washes their hands or uses hand sanitizer frequently.

The real estate market during COVID-19 has settled into a new normal. Let The Urban Dog Group help you and your pets find a happy home!

For home selling and home buying during COVID-19, contact Christine Elias at

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