Real estate resources during
the Covid-19 pandemic
On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued a statewide "stay-at-home" order. On March 28, 2020, Real Estate ws deemed an essential service, including settlement services, allowing the process of home buying and selling to continue.
Home buying and selling is now being mainly conducted virtually. From virtual tours and video calls, to digital paperwork and signatures, realtors are doing everything in their power to keep clients safe.
However, property visits are still an essential part of buying/selling a house, so agents are advising sellers how to keep their home safe while still allowing buyers access to complete inspections.
Below are some guidelines provided by the California Association of Realtors (CAR) to keep in mind when ging through the process, along with websites and resources that may be helpful to you.
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, across all walks of life. Remember that we are all in this together, and allow yourself and others grace as we all strive to adjust to these ever changing times.
Showings should be done virtually, if possible.
Only a single agent and no more than 2 other individuals are to be in a home at the same time during a showing. If others are necessary, they should wait outside or in their vehicles to observe the social distance guidelines.
Sellers should not be present within a home at the same time as other individuals. They may remain on the property (or in the common area of an HOA where available), but not inside while others are viewing it.
Anyone visiting a property should agree to wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer prior to entering the home, and should wear disposable rubber gloves and a protective face mask, if available.
Buyers and Sellers must disclose prior to entering a property, that they are not currently ill with the cold/flu; do not have a fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, or exhibit other COVID-19 symptoms; have not been in contact with a person with COVID-19; and will adhere to and follow all precautions required for viewing the property at all times.
Sellers should turn on lights and leave interior doors/drapes/blinds open to reduce the need for those entering the property to touch surfaces.
Buyers/agents/inspectors should refrain from touching any surface during the showings.
Real Estate Practices During COVID-19
COVID-19 Helpful Links & Resources
Employers, Employment and Unemployment
California Association of Realtors - updates
National Association of Realtors, Property Owner Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention