Now that we are well into Phase 2 and real estate activity has been on the rise, it may be helpful to review the guidelines NYSAR has given for in-person showings during this phase.
In-Person Showings Guidelines
- May only be conducted in unoccupied (if there is an occupant, they must not be present) and vacant property.
- Licensee must limit the number of individuals viewing the property.
- Licensees should schedule all showings in advance, whenever possible.
- Licensees and consumers must wear an appropriate face covering at all times.
- Gloves and shoe coverings can also be required by the owner or broker.
- Brokers must provide appropriate face coverings to licensees and consumers.
- Licensees should not dispose of PPE at the property being shown.
- Consumers should be instructed to only touch essential surfaces, such as the use of a handrail to go up or down stairs. Consumers should be instructed not to touch other areas or surfaces including cabinets, countertops, appliances etc.
- Licensees are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces such as doorknobs and handrails. As a best practice, licensees should disinfect every surface that was touched during a showing.
- Showing times should be staggered so as not to have the next scheduled buyer/tenant waiting outside for the current showing to end.
- As a best practice, only one party should be in the property at a time. If more than one party is inside the property at the same time, 6 feet of distance must be maintained at all times between individuals, and face coverings must be worn (face coverings are already mandatory).
- Licensees and buyers/tenants are encouraged not to bring young children or extraneous guests to property showings, when possible, or leave attended children outside.
- Licensees must screen each seller/buyer/landlord/tenant prior to a showing. NYSAR strongly recommends that such screening be done remotely (phone, email etc.). See the Health Questionnaire below.
Note: A seller may
decline to show their home to anyone who does not complete a health screening.