Discussions continue about the next steps to opening up our city and the country after a six-week shelter-at-home ordinance in Los Angeles due to COVID-19. We are seeing more homes coming to market, and as we recently commented, home loan applications are up. Real estate is considered an essential business and so are the many professionals connected to it: inspectors, plumbers, roofers, escrow companies, title companies, movers, pest control, electricians… the list goes on.
So if you are still a bit weary about buying or selling your home, keep in mind that these professionals have been practicing safety protocols for weeks. Here are ways we are keeping our clients—and ourselves—safe during COVID-19.
- Virtual Viewings Virtual viewings are encouraged and the most common way to view a property at this time. If a client wants to see a property in person, safety protocols, such as wearing masks and gloves, as well as staying six-feet apart are practiced. Many agents state that if a home is occupied, they will sanitize doorknobs, etc., after viewing a property with a buyer. Sellers are advised not be present in the property while it is being shown.
- Contractual Acknowledgement The California Association of Realtors (CAR) has created several contracts addressing showing, purchasing, and leasing a property that are being utilized to ensure that best practices are understood and being adhered to by all parties.
- Electronic Signing All documents are completed electronically, if possible. This includes closing documents.
- Social Distancing Only a single agent and no more than two other individuals are advised by CAR to be in a dwelling at the same time during a showing.
- Understand How to Protect Yourself All parties should read and understand the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to protect yourself.
- Remote Support Unless absolutely necessary, communications with clients are done via electronic means or by telephone.
If you have any questions or concerns about buying or selling a home and safety protocols, please contact us. We are here to help. As always, stay safe!
* Please note, per California Association of Realtors (CAR): Guidelines reflect our understanding of Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order issued March 19, as updated by the “Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response” from March 28, 2020, which expressly includes residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services, as essential services.
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