Friends and clients,
As the local real estate market leader, we would like to update you on our real estate market and changes to our company policies due to COVID-19. This is a fluid situation, so this update may change at any time.
Thanks to technology, our market remains active. Much of a real estate transaction can be handled electronically, so we have suggested that our Executives work from home to the extent possible. They are available by phone call, text, and email at any time.
As a precaution, our office lobbies are closed to the general public, and our management team and staff are working remotely. We strongly encourage our seller clients to postpone all open houses until further notice. We believe opening doors to the public is not worth the risk unless absolutely necessary.
Of course, certain parts of a real estate transaction are typically conducted in person, so we must take other precautions. In-person meetings can still occur at our offices, again if absolutely necessary and using proper sanitization practices.
If you are a seller and are comfortable with your home being showed, we recommend that you have no symptoms and all surface areas of your home should be disinfected. All interior doors and closets should be open and lights turned on so prospective buyers do not have to touch anything but the front door.
If you are a buyer interested in viewing a home, we will be asking prequalifying questions regarding recent travel and potential symptoms of illness. Property showings should be as quick as possible and surfaces should not be touched. If you have proper gloves and masks, please use them. If the property is vacant, please disinfect any surfaces that must be touched before and after touching them.
As with all industries, we are necessarily evolving in this unprecedented time. Our market is alive, and we plan to stay active representing our clients, with some much needed precautionary measures.
Be positive and be safe!