Navigating Real Estate In The Age of COVID 19

2020 marks the year of the great quarantine. It also marks a change in how we, real estate professionals, advise our clients how to navigate real estate transactions.

On May 19th, 2020, Governor Wolf Re-Opened Real Estate for the entire state of Pennsylvania.


BUYERS:

Buyer Agents are permitted to leave their homes to show properties. Buyers will have Pre-Approvals in place, have evaluated the property based on online resources and have serious interest in having an in person showing. Buyer and Clients will travel to the property separately and 2 Clients and 1 Agent can access the property at a time. No children may access the home. Clients will not touch anything, if they do, they will notify the Buyer Agent so the surface maybe sanitized. Buyers and Sellers and Agents are strongly encouraged to complete PAR Health and Safety Acknowledgment Forms as well as PAR Property Access Notice Forms within 24 Hours of accessing a property. Verbal Health Surveys are also acceptable as long as documented. Either party, based on these forms, or verbal responses, can decide access will or will not occur, based upon answers. During the showing, Buyers and their Agent will use hand sanitizer and masks. Only the Buyers Agent may touch surfaces, open doors, and touch switches, these all must be sanitized by the Agent upon leaving including the key and lock box as the property is secured. Do not leave any used PPE at the property.


SELLERS:

Listing Agents are permitted to leave their homes to conduct real estate services. Buyers will be Pre-Approved. You the Seller, with guidance from the Listing Agent, will develop conditions for the showings to occur. Seller agrees to sanitize the home prior to showings and vacate the home during the appointed showing time. Seller is advised to turn on all lights, open window treatments, and leave commonly accessed doors open for viewing such as closets, bedroom doors, and mechanical rooms. Up to 2 Clients and 1 Agent can access the property at a time. No children may access the home. Buyers are advised not to touch anything, if they do they will notify the Buyers Agent so the surface maybe sanitized. Buyers and Sellers and Agents are strongly encouraged to complete PAR Health and Safety Acknowledgment Forms as well as PAR Property Access Notice Forms within 24 Hours of accessing a property. Verbal Health Surveys are also acceptable as long as documented. Either party, based on these forms, can decide if access will or will not occur, based upon answers. During the showing, Buyers and their Agent will wear masks. Only the Agent may touch surfaces, open doors, and touch switches, these all must be sanitized by the agent upon leaving. Any used PPE shall be removed from the property.


These practices are subject to change as the situation continues to evolve and under the guidance of the Pennsylvania Assoc of Realtors, CDC Health Guidelines and the PA Department of Health.