Even the simple choice about whether or not to get a haircut is vexing. Should
I or shouldn’t I, if I do go then where and when, and will the retailer follow
the protocol guidelines? In a real estate transaction, there are even more
considerations because there are many surfaces and many people involved
over an extended period of time.
(There are a lot of misconceptions about the best time to buy or sell and I will
go over those in my next article.)
Since the end of March, the California Association of Realtors has added
disclosures, time extension forms for unforeseen events, and advisories about
protocol. They have been modified too many times to count so that they keep
up with the continuing scientific research and specific legislative actions in
California. Usually, we roll our eyes when we hear another form has been
added. In this case we welcome them.
If you are a seller, there are additions to the listing agreement that allow you
to choose your preference about what qualifies someone to enter your
property, including photographers, inspectors, appraisers, etc., and what
happens if there is a change in the health or financial resources of either party
due to the pandemic. The Seller signs a Corona Virus Addendum that will be
given to a buyer’s agent upon request, along with the Mandatory Government
Showing Requirements that includes the Best Practices Guidelines and
The form that is used most often is the Property Entry Advisory and
Declaration which must be signed in advance each time someone enters the
property. This is to both notify the buyer of the protocols and confirms to the
seller that those entering the property are representing that they have not
knowingly within the last 14 days been in contact with someone afflicted with
COVID-19, are not themselves experiencing symptoms, and will notify the
broker if there is a change in health that invalidates the representations made
in the document.
At this time 2 adults and their agent may view the property at the same time.
This means if there are are more than 2 adults, they must take turns viewing
the home. Minor children must stay in the car.
It is not as daunting as it may sound. We have been using these protocols for
quite a while. I arrive at the property 15 minutes earlier than the
appointment and open all doors and turn on all the lights. When folks arrive
I make sure they are wearing masks and do not touch anything. It actually
feels “normal” and respectful now because the homeowner’s doors and
drawers are not touched. And potential buyers get an exclusive viewing
without the chaos of an Open House.
If my 40 years of selling homes in this beautiful valley can save you time and
money, please pass this tip to your friends.
If you have a question do not hesitate to ask me.