Beginning Thursday, June 25th, the ability to schedule in-person Broker Tours and Public Open Houses will be re-enabled in the Greenwich MLS.

Dates for beginning In-Person Open Houses/Tours:

While this functionality will be made available again via the FlexMLS system, the GAR & GMLS Board of Directors strongly urges members to ALWAYS adhere to the safety recommendations, guidance, and policies from the following sources:

Prior to Conducting In-Person Showings
  • Discuss with a seller the precautions that will be taken when showing their property, and adhere to any specific requirements requested by sellers when showing the property.
  • Be aware of and comply with fair housing obligations related to COVID-19. See Guidance for Fair Housing Compliance during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Connecticut REALTORS®
  • Consider requiring showings by appointment to reduce the number of persons in a property at a given time.
  • Consider hosting Broker Tours/Public Open Houses with another agent to better control traffic at the door and inside the property.
  • Request both the seller and potential buyers to self-disclose whether they have COVID-19 or exhibit any symptoms. However, note that COVID-19 is also spread by individuals who are asymptomatic.
  • Encourage buyers/prospective tenants to narrow their property search through photos, virtual tours, and leveraging other technology to reduce the number of in-person showings.
  • For owner or tenant-occupied properties, request that the seller or tenant open all cabinets, closets, window coverings, and to turn on lights before leaving the property.
  • For vacant properties, arrive early to open the front door, open all cabinets, closet, window coverings, and to turn on lights.

During In-Person Showings
  • Limit the number of individuals inside the premises at one time. State gathering limits permit no more than 25 for indoor private gatherings.
  • All individuals are required to wear a mask or other cloth material that covers their mouth and nose at all times during any in-person showings.
  • A Listing Broker or Seller may require the use of hand sanitizer, gloves, booties, or other protective equipment, but must provide said equipment if required.
  • Adhere to social distancing recommendations. Ensure at least 6 feet of space between persons at all times.
  • Avoid shaking hands with clients or other brokers.
  • Keep a log of all attendees including contact information.
  • Avoid sharing phones, pens, tablets or other personal property during the showing.
  • Instruct individuals touring the home to avoid touching any surfaces in the home, such as light switches, cabinets and door handles.
  • Instruct individuals not to use bathroom facilities at the property.
  • No food or drink shall be provided.

After Showing Property
  • Wipe down any surfaces touched during the showing with sanitizing wipes or disinfecting cleaner, as requested by the seller, and suggest the seller also disinfect the property.
  • Wipe down keys and lockboxes with sanitizing wipes after use.
  • Speak with individuals outside of the property, or in a well-ventilated area while maintaining 6 feet of distance, or arrange to speak by phone or email.
  • Send additional documentation or listing information electronically. Do not provide paper documents.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon returning to your vehicle.
  • Maintain a detailed log of interactions including names, dates, and locations of interactions, as well as a party’s contact information.

Cooperation with these recommendations is vital to ensure the continued safety of our members and the community. Please report any questions or concerns to .