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With 20+yrs experience as a California real estate Broker focused on Santa Cruz County, my goal is to help educate my clients about the buying and selling process. Nowadays, more and more potential buyers would rather not set foot in a house before making a decision to buy. In addition, more sellers are requiring a 24-hour notice before all showings, or not allowing them at all.

The various local, State and Federal states of emergency and 'Shelter-in-Place' orders have changed the way sellers and real estate licensees need to approach otherwise allowable or acceptable business practices. Brokers and agents cannot violate these orders and must obey all Fair Housing laws.

Many new conversations with sellers are being had, such as do you have any place to go, or have you not been in the home for two weeks? Some sellers are being asked if anyone that has been in the home, or anyone exposed to anyone in the home, been sick in the past two months.

In addition, sellers are wondering 'what are people going to touch' when they are in their home and if they can require a mask, gloves and booties to be worn.

Here is what is required currently in the State of California, the County of Santa Cruz and by my Brokerage:

  • Open houses are strictly prohibited.
  • All showings should be done virtually, if at all possible.
  • All activities should be completed electronically, if at all possible.
  • Any needed showings are to be held by appointment only and scheduled 24-hours in advance with the Listing Broker.
  • Only a single agent and no more than two other individuals are to be in a dwelling at the same time during a showing and they should have driven separately.
  • Sellers/occupants and pets cannot be present at the time of the showing.
  • Any persons entering the property must wear a mask, gloves and booties.
  • Any persons on the property must always agree to adhere strictly to social distancing guidelines by remaining at least six feet apart per the recommendations established by the CDC.
  • If the size of the residential unit makes it difficult to maintain the six-foot distance for all parties attending the showing, individuals may need to wait outside and come in the property one at a time, at all times maintaining proper social distance.
  • Clients and agents shall refrain from touching anything in the home or using the restroom.
  • Any person entering a property shall have signed CAR from PEAD, Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, communications with clients should be done via electronic means. In person conversations should be minimized.
  • Listing agents should provide all marketing materials electronically for purposes of the showing and should not provide the buyer any materials inside the property during a showing. Agents conducting the showing should meet clients at the property and not drive the client to the property, so as to minimize risk.
  • COVID-19 Real Estate Best Practices
  • COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Real Estate Transactions effective 7/29/20
  • COVID-19 FAQ:Industry guidance on showings

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    I hope this information is valuable to you, if you have any additional questions, please contact me directly.