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Showings and Open Houses During the Coronavirus Crisis

 

How do we make sellers and buyers feel more comfortable about entering and viewing homes during the coronavirus outbreak?

One way is by providing clear guidelines of what buyers and selling agents should do when they enter a home, and what sellers should do after each showing. For instance some agents are using a flyer posted on the door of their listing or in the entry way that clearly spells out showing instructions. (Some agents are also adding this language to their MLS remarks with Broker Approval)

Some sample language:

  • Selling brokers and buyers should wash their hands upon entering our home or use hand sanitizer prior to entering the house.
  • Selling brokers and buyers should refrain from touching counter tops, surfaces or door knobs in the home.
  • Listing brokers or sellers should wipe down all surfaces in the home after the buyer exits. 

For agents and sellers that choose to do an Open House you may want to consider the following safety tips. In addition many agents are limiting visitors to one party at a time to help buyers feel more comfortable. 

1. Consider requiring all visitors to disinfect their hands prior to entering.

2. Consider having gloves and/or booties available.

3. Refrain from serving beverages or food items.

4. Ensure there is soap and paper towels available in the bathrooms.

5. Wipe down common surface areas in-between visitors. The scent of cleaning supplies could make people feel more comfortable and at ease.

6. Be sure to check with your client regarding any cleaning products you plan to use.

7. After the open house, recommend that your client clean and disinfect their home, especially commonly touched areas like doorknobs and faucet handles


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About Jim Remley

Jim Remley is a nationally recognized expert in the field of residential real estate. Entering the real estate industry at the age of 19 he began an unlikely rise from college drop out to real estate Rock Star by becoming ranked in the top 1% of REALTORS® nationwide. Implementing game-changing strategies and deploying the latest technology advances Jim shattered sales records by listing over 150 properties in one twelve month period. At 24 he opened his first Real Estate Company and grew the company to 17 offices becoming the largest independent real estate company in the State of Oregon.

Today Jim leads one of the largest real estate firms in the state of Oregon with over $900 million dollars in sales volume a year with just over 160 active Brokers. As a consultant, author, speaker, and trainer Jim has one mission – to create abundance through simplicity of action. In 2018 Jim launched www.erealestatecoach.com an On-Demand Video Coaching platform designed for REALTORS to tap into highly focused information and actionable ideas based on thousands of interviews with top producers from across the country. 

 

 

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