In response to the growing concerns about COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, NAR is providing this guidance to help REALTORS® respond to the coronavirus's potential impact on the real estate industry.
There are several recommendations that will impact how we do business.
Should I still conduct open houses on my listed properties?I will speak openly and honestly with my seller about the pros and cons of holding an open house. We will assess the risk based on our specific location, and direct my clients to local and state health authorities for specific information about the severity of the risk in your area. I will also propose alternative marketing opportunities for your consideration, such as video tours and other methods to virtually tour a property. If we do hold an open house, we will consider requiring all visitors to disinfect their hands upon entering the home, and provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers at the entryway, as well as soap and disposable towels in bathrooms. After the open house, I recommend that you clean and disinfect your home, especially commonly touched areas like doorknobs and faucet handles.
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Finally, do not panic, stay informed, and use your best judgment. The situation is rapidly changing, so focus on putting policies and procedures in place to keep my clients informed, safe, and to avoid business disruption in the event the situation worsens.
Please do not hesitate to call me with your concerns and questions.