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COVID-19 Protocols for Real Estate Services at Better Living Real Estate®
Updated March 4, 2021 by Better Living Real Estate®
All Real Estate Agents and Visitors are ASKED TO WEAR MASKS covering their mouth and nose when viewing a property with Better Living Real Estate® as a courtesy to all parties.
To further prevent the spread of viruses, we recommend sanitizing your hands prior to entering a property and immediately after vacating the property. Better Living Real Estate® provides these COVID-19 Protocols for Real Estate Services to inform you of our measures to address ongoing concerns of homeowners, visitors and real estate professionals as it pertains to being courteous, respectful and keeping real estate a healthy and safe experience for all parties.
Showing or Viewing a Property
Whether you are a buyer or seller, it is normal real estate practice to have qualified buyers make private showing requests and schedule individual visits to a property for sale. Better Living Real Estate® recommends to schedule showings (a.k.a. viewing a property by a qualified buyer) by appointment.
Please review the information below with all parties interacting with real estate:
- Virtual Showings and Live Virtual Walk-throughs are available through Better Living Real Estate® Your Better Living Real Estate® Associate will be happy to schedule an appointment to walk through and show you a property using video conferencing software including Google Meet, FaceTime or other video meeting software.
- All parties are asked to wear masks covering their mouth and nose when meeting, showing or viewing a property. Masks should be used not only as a courtesy to all parties, but also to help prevent the spread of viruses.
- Greet people with a wave and smile; please do not “shake hands." Observe social distancing with 6 or more feet of separation when walking through a property.
- If a buyer, seller or occupant of a home or building being sold is sick, do not show or view that property. Observe quarantine CDC guidelines.
- If uncomfortable opening a door, ask your Better Living Real Estate® Associate to open any doors for you while observing social distancing and standing 6 feet away.
- Do not bring food or drinks into a property.
- Do not congregate at a doorway; give space and observe social distancing whenever possible.
- Do not use bathrooms when visiting a property.
- Refrain from touching the interior of a property as much as possible.
- Sanitize your hands both prior to entering and leaving a property if possible.
- Observe Social Distancing, we recommend keeping 6 feet between people viewing a property.
- When standing outside the property and walking the exterior grounds or waiting to enter an Open House, maintain 6 feet social distancing.
- Better Living Real Estate® is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all Fair Housing Laws.
Scheduling a time to View Homes For Sale - in person or virtually
For Buyers: Please let your Better Living Real Estate® Associate know the properties you’re interested in viewing as well as the days and time that are convenient for you to visit. Your Better Living Real Estate® Associate will professionally arrange to show you those available properties. Virtual showings and live virtual walk-through tours are available upon request.
For Sellers: You may see an increased demand for private viewing appointments. This should be expected, and will be normal for the foreseeable future. Discuss the specific times that are convenient for you to allow your Better Living Real Estate® Associate to show your property. We can arrange a showing schedule that works for you, and provide that information to buyers and the buyers’ agents.
Hosting and Attending Open Houses
Open Houses are a convenient way for sellers to expose their home to a greater number of consumers at a specific and predetermined time. In the past, open houses have been an opportunity to introduce a property to the market, drive higher initial consumer traffic and solicit offers. Buyers and sellers had become used to scheduling their weekends around the open house schedules advertised by real estate agents. However, open houses are not necessary to sell a house.
Open Houses have been held during cold and flu seasons in the past. Some government agencies, Realtor® Associations and health professionals have advised against open houses due to heightened concern over COVID-19. Having too many people congregate inside rooms and buildings can make it difficult to observe social distancing guidelines.
For our seller clients, we ask that you speak with your professionally trained Better Living Real Estate® Associate about how to best expose your property to interested buyers. If an open house is desired, we recommend these minimum protocols are followed:
- Sellers should turn all lights on, open all closes, bedrooms, bathrooms and basement doors so as to reduce a visitor’s need to touch surfaces.
- The seller should sanitize the home to the best of their ability prior to the open house.
- The open house will be held for several hours, allowing for interested buyers to enter the home on specific intervals in order to reduce the risk of too many people in a property at a given time, and to observe social distancing guidelines.
- Each individual group of buyers (including a family or buyers attending with their real estate agent) will be allowed a “Viewing Time” to view the interior of the home. The amount of time allowed through the interior of the home will be determined by the Better Living Real Estate® Hosting Associate at the time of the open house.
- Private Viewing appointments are recommended and should be scheduled with the seller’s agent outside of open house hours whenever possible.
- Buyers arriving at the open house will be provided an opportunity to register for an available Viewing Time, or schedule a private showing at a time more convenient to the buyer and seller.
- Typically, only one group will be allowed to enter the property at a Viewing Time.
- All parties viewing the property are required to wear face masks and observe social distancing guidelines.
- Parties waiting to enter the home will be allowed to view the exterior of the property.
- Better Living Real Estate® Open House Management software has been specifically developed to allow your Better Living Real Estate® professional to manage and coordinate an open house access in a customer friendly way that registers all visitors for contract tracing, while providing visitors a brochure and information about the property electronically via email once registered.
When is the best time to list your property for sale?
With over three decades of experience in real estate and having navigated several tragic economic events following the 9/11 attacks on our nation and the catastrophic Great Recession, Better Living Real Estate® is your best guide to listing your home for sale. EXPERIENCE MATTERS, and we deliver this to every one of our clients.
Better Living Real Estate® has sensible and time tested business systems. Our professional real estate practices allow our sellers the confidence to make the best decisions with their important sale. We’ll help you determine the best time and overall sales plan to maximize your real estate opportunities. Your real estate "move plan" is supported by our team of local experts.
Based on current market conditions, we believe that listing your real estate for sale now presents a unique and good opportunity to showcase your property to interested buyers. Financially preapproved buyers taking advantage of historically low mortgage interest rates and are ready to transact now. With limited inventory of properties for sale, listing now will make your property STAND OUT.
Will my house sell if I choose not to have an open house?
The short answer is “YES.” When you prepare your home in the way recommended by your Better Living Real Estate® Associate, we will advertise and expose your home to all buyers who are looking to purchase in your community and price range. We will schedule individual showings with interested and prequalified buyers on a one to one basis. This still provides great access to your property and allows buyers to view and submit offers in a normal and consistent process that has been traditionally used by Better Living Real Estate®. All offers and contracts are signed using Electronic Signature Software provided by Better Living Real Estate® for your further safety.
We are not health experts, but we are marketing experts. Selling your property now may provide you with a great opportunity to attract interested buyers during a market with less competition. This makes your property STAND OUT, and can possibly earn you a higher overall sale price.
Whether selling or buying, trust the real estate experts at Better Living Real Estate® to make your real estate transaction a well managed process and experience.
Health Guidance Information
- CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/covid19
- National Association of Realtors: https://www.nar.realtor/coronavirus-a-guide-for-realtors
Federal & State Government advises to Limit Gatherings: In accordance with guidelines to limit people gathering in groups, and to comply with “social distancing” requests by our government, Better Living Real Estate® COVID-19 Protocols advise all real estate professionals, clients and consumers to schedule individual showing appointments to visit a property with their Better Living Real Estate® Associate. VIRTUAL SHOWINGS are recommended for all parties who may be sick, show any signs of illness, or prefer not to personally visit a property.
Where our policies may become outdated or in conflict with new or updated government response and guidance for the health and safety of the general public, Better Living Real Estate® advise all clients, consumers and real estate licensees to follow government guidelines. Better Living Real Estate® may update or amend our COVID-19 Protocols from time to time to comply with best practices, industry and REALTOR Association guidelines, government regulations or guidelines, and recommendations from health experts including The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).