Governor Wolf just lifted the ban on face-to-face real estate services in Pennsylvania, although some restrictions remain in place.
Effective immediately, in-person showings can resume while adhering to the following guideline...
Showings are limited to the purchasers only and in no case can there be more than three people in a home at one time, including the real estate agent
Appointments must be made in advance and full name and contact information must be provided for each person touring the home
Buyers must submit to a verbal health screening prior to gaining access to a home
Buyers and agents must wear face masks and practice social distancing when touring a home
Physical contact with the property must be avoided – light switches, door knobs, etc.
Time in the property must be minimized with discussions, including contract negotiations, away from the property and by remote means (phone, email, videoconference).
Minimize attendance of in-person activities to critical individuals only
Follow safety info and protocols for cleaning and sanitizing the property provided by real estate agent
Stagger showings by at least 30 minutes
Pre-stage property for showings by turning on all lights, opening all interior doors, blinds and drapes to avoid having these surfaces touched by agents and/or buyers
Use electronic marketing, such as video tours, as an alternative to in-person activities, as much as possible
Complete and manage contract paperwork online with electronic signatures
Minimize in-person activities through the use of remote communication methods when possible
Prepare for settlements to be electronic and remote to the extent possible and for attendance to be limited to signatories
The following activities remain PROHIBITED:
Providing Food or Beverages
Please understand these guidelines are in place for the health and safety of buyers, sellers, and agents. Failure to comply with these requirements will preclude in-person access to properties.
I look forward to once again providing real estate services to my valued clients. I am committed to doing my part to practice social distancing and maintain the highest safety standards. Please reach out to me when you are ready to buy or sell your home. In the meantime, take care of yourself and stay healthy!