COVID-19

Welcome to our COVID-19 resource page. Learn how the pandemic changed how we do business nad what you need to know.

COVID-19

COVID-19 changed “normal” life. For many, it has left them struggling to understand and adapt to where we are now, and what the future will look like. Unemployment, working from home, distance learning, childcare issues and the economic recession. These are just a few of the big challenges 2020 has brought. And while we do not have answers to all of this, we can speak about our industry.

Real estate is considered an essential service. Like all other businesses, our jobs have had to change and evolve too. We have adapted our business and continue making changes as the orders/rules change. And so our clients know what to expect, we are sharing some basic information here.

COVID-19 Changes In General

For both buyers and sellers:
All communication should be done by phone or electronically. In person conversations should be infrequent, short and outside. All documents should be signed electronically. All promotional items such as flyers, business cards, etc. should not be used.

If you are a seller (or tenant/occupant of a property for sale):
You should plan on not being at the property during the showing. Best practices, you should leave on all lights, open curtains, closet doors and some cabinets. You should minimize what the showing agent has to touch in the home. You will also be required to sign to the Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration – Seller/Occupant (PEAD-S) and post the Posted Rules of Entry (PRE). The seller’s agent should have hand sanitizer, gloves, booties and masks available near the front door just in case. Here are sample copies of the forms:

If you are a buyer:
You should plan on meeting your agent at the property. You should have a mask, gloves and hand sanitizer with you. Your agent should have some available for you just incase. You may not touch anything in the home. Lights, doors, cabinets, etc. will be turned on/opened by your agent to minimize the surfaces being touched. Only your agent, you and one other person from your same dwelling unit, may view the home at one time. You will be required to sign the Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration – Visitor (PEAD-V) and the Posted Rules of Entry (PRE) for each home you visit. Here are sample copies:


COVID 19- County Orders and Guidelines

Since we mainly work in Sonoma and Marin counties, we have included their rules below. For any of our clients looking in Mendocino, Napa or Solano counties, we have their guidelines as well. Simply ask us, and we will email them to you.

Of course, you may also just reach out to us. We are always happy to chat!

Sonoma County

Shelter-In-Place: View Order

Sonoma’s Shelter-In-Place Order establishes that real estate businesses must follow the guidelines established by the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA for the real estate industry: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-real-estate.pdf

The Shelter-In-Place Order is expected to remain in effect until the California State of Emergency is lifted and the California Stay at Home Order is rescinded. The full text of the order is available online: https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-c19-15-stay-well-sonoma-county/

No in-person open houses or broker tours may occur during the Shelter-In-Place Order.

All real estate professionals operating in Sonoma County are required to follow the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Real Estate Transactions: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-real-estate.pdf

Marin County

Shelter-In-Place: View Order

Marin’s Shelter-In-Place Order identifies real estate agents enabling residential transactions (including rentals, leases, and home sales) as essential businesses and places the following restrictions on residential real estate activity:

  • Appointments and other residential viewings must only occur virtually.
  • If a virtual viewing is not feasible, by appointment with no more than two visitors at a time residing within the same household or living unit and one individual showing the unit.
  • In-person visits are not allowed when the occupant is present in the residence.

While working, real estate professionals are required to prepare and post a “Social Distancing Protocol” and comply with the Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements identified in the Order.

No in-person open houses or broker tours may occur during the Shelter-In-Place Order.

The Shelter-In-Place Order will continue to be in effect until it is rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer. The full text of the order is available online:
https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/marin-public-health-order-may-15-2020

If a real estate agent must enter a home, it is important to follow the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Real Estate Transactions:
https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-real-estate.pdf

Disclaimer: With COVID-19 information frequently changing, this information may be out to date. We do attempt to keep this page updated with the most accurate information. It was current at the time of writing.


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