Shelter-in-Place Order Includes Additions to Essential Real Estate Services
The Essentials Needed to Show Property:
All these forms can be found by clicking HERE
Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration - Visitor
Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration - Seller
Coronavirus Lease/Rental Property Entry Advisory and Declaration
Listing Agreement Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment
Posted Rules for Entry
Best Practices Guidelines for Real Estate During COVID-19
CAR requires that the new Form PRE (Posted Rules for Entry) must be posted at the entrance to the property and clearly visible. In addition have a link to or publish these rules in MLS listings and publicly online in order to comply with new statewide agent display requirements.
The buyer, agents and all visitors entering the property must sign the Form PEAD-V (Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration - Visitor) and deliver it electronically to the listing agent in advance.
Only ONE agent may show a property to a maximum of TWO people from the same household.
Listing Agreement Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment (RLA-CAA) must be signed by sellers and listing agents.
The property must be equipped with hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and face masks. Listing agent/brokerage is ultimately responsible for ensuring that these items are supplied.
Best Practices and the County Order
Pre-Listing, Transactions, and Closing Best Practices: Click HERE.
Showing Property Best Practices: Click HERE.
Showing Property Checklist: Click HERE.
June 5th, 2020 the County issued a new Shelter-in-Place Order replacing the May 22nd Order. The new order, effective at 12:01 am Friday, June 5 includes most of the prior order’s restrictions but provides additional limited privileges for certain essential services, including real estate. These new orders apply to all those living/working in Contra Costa, Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties as well as the City of Berkeley.
Link to the new order can be found HERE.
For the purposes of this Order, Essential Businesses are:
Service providers that enable real estate transactions (including rentals, leases, and home sales), including, but not limited to, real estate agents, escrow agents, notaries, and title companies, provided that appointments and other residential real estate viewings must only occur virtually or, 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 (except that in-person visits are not allowed when the occupant is present in the residence).
Beginning May 4, 2020, members may resume certain activities while continuing to maintain strict safety and social distancing protocols:
Open houses and tours are still prohibited.
Virtual showings are preferred. However, if virtual showings are not feasible, occupied properties may be shown under the following conditions.
Occupants must leave a property within a reasonable time prior to and following a showing.
All previously ordered social distancing and sanitizing protocols apply.
Commercial real estate is now classified as an “essential service”.
All construction projects can resume, provided they comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols issued as part of the Order.
All residential moves will be allowed to proceed.
Inspectors and appraisers are permitted to enable residential real estate transactions to occur.
Real estate photographers are permitted to enable virtual viewings and marketing to occur.
Stagers are permitted one at a time, alone, and at a time when the resident is not at home
Before conducting any business transactions first consult with your broker and adhere to specific rules and guidelines established by your respective corporations/firms and the requirements set out in County/City orders. Members should seek individual counsel for legal and insurance matters.
Important COVID-19 Links
Our offices are open in a limited capacity with some staff onsite from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
In accordance with prudence and current Health Department directives, we require the signing of the Associate Acknowledgement Form in order to enter the premises. Masks must be worn at all times. At this time all common areas are closed.