Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announced that starting Thursday, May 21,
businesses and employees in the real estate industry may conduct limited business-related activities statewide, including real estate sales and in-person property showings.
That said, there are conditions. In-person operations should still be avoided when not absolutely necessary.
- Every person at a property offered for sale, or at a work site or business location must wear a mask/face covering.
- There must be protocols in place if it is discovered that a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 came in contact with others.
- People traveling to and from property showings and in-person activities must use separate transportation.
- In-person office visits, property showings, appraisals, inspections, final walk-throughs and title insurance activities must be scheduled in advance and records kept of the appointments, including contact information for all participants.
- When possible, use unoccupied model homes for in-person showings.
- No more than two people and a real estate professional may be present inside a property at any time and must exercise social distancing.
- The exchange of contract documents should be done electronically or by mail whenever possible.
- When in-person settlement meetings are necessary, they must be limited to legal counsel and real estate professionals only, with social distancing observed.
- Real estate business should be done by telework whenever possible.
- Sellers must be given up-to-date safety information for sanitizing properties and discuss benefits and risks of in-person activities.
- Virtual tours, virtual showings and virtual open houses should be used whenever possible.
- A verbal health screening is required of participants of in-person activities. Anyone suspicious of exposure to
- Property showings should be staggered.
- Avoid physical contact within the property and sanitize surfaces prior to the next showing if physical contact occurs.
- Minimize time spent at the property.
- No food may be provided during showings.
- Group showings are prohibited.
Read the governor’s press release here.
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