The California real estate market experienced one of the most dramatic, if not historic, shifts in March 2020 when COVID-19 Shelter In Place orders went into effect. Once real estate services were deemed essential, epic mortgage interest rates kept buyers motivated, thus stabilizing the market with relatively unchanged selling prices. What has changed significantly is the way a “buying party” may visit a property with their Realtor.
BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE SHOWINGS:
An established, written COVID-19 “Prevention Plan” is to be followed by agents who show properties.
All persons entering a property shall agree in writing to adhere to the “Posted Rules for Entry” at all times as a condition of entry before showing the property as follows:
• Prior to entering a property, all persons must have already signed a Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration. By signing the PEAD-V, the person entering the property agrees to the Posted Rules for Entry.
• The PEAD-V form includes a reference to these “Best Practices Guidelines/Prevention Plan for Showings” acknowledging that clients, appraisers, inspectors, stagers, buyers’ agents and contractors have received and agreed to them prior to entering the property.
• Any person entering a property shall provide by declaration that to the best of their knowledge, they are not currently afflicted with, and have not knowingly, within the last 14 days, been in contact with someone afflicted with, COVID-19; they are not experiencing a fever, or signs of respiratory illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or exhibit other COVID-19 symptoms; and they understand that persons may be afflicted with COVID-19 and (i) not exhibit symptoms, (ii) not be aware that they are afflicted or (iii) may not voluntarily agree to disclose their condition. • Further, any person entering the property will inform the listing and buyer’s broker if, after the date this document is signed, there is a change in their health condition or knowledge that potentially puts others at risk or invalidates the representations made.
• All persons visiting a property will: ▪ Wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer upon entry and before touring or inspecting the property. ▪ Wear a protective face covering or mask. ▪ Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet between themselves and others and not gathering in groups. ▪ Avoid touching surfaces or items in the Property. All persons on property for in-person showings should avoid touching knobs, faucets, toilets and toilet handles, light switches, garage door opener buttons, handles and pulls, alarm system controls, fan pulls, remotes, thermostats, switchboxes, gates and gate latches, window locks and sashes, pool coverings, counters, doors, sinks, cabinet handles and other such items. If a person entering the property believes it necessary to touch surfaces or items in the property, they shall consider the risks of doing so first.