On Wednesday, the California Dept. of Public Health updated its guidance on open houses and stated further updates were pending. C.A.R. is pleased to provide the following changes to open house protocols.
Open Houses: Advertising open houses, without qualifiers, is allowed and appointments for open houses are no longer required.
Social Distancing: Showings, including open houses, are somewhat relaxed under the new social gatherings guidelines but still include social distancing between members of different households while attending an open house, and are subject to capacity issues depending on the tier of the county where the house is located. Please refer to local guidelines for this information.
Signing In: There will still be a sign-in requirement on site. The new Property Sign-In (PSI) form can be used for this purpose. However, you can still use a PEAD instead of the on-site sign-in if you prefer. See the new Quick Guide for more details.
Forms: C.A.R. has simplified and shortened the Rules of Entry (PRE), Prevention Plan (BPPP), and the Property Sign-in (PSI) form as an alternative to PEADS. There also is an addendum to the listing agreement LOHA reflecting the changed protocols. This form is necessary if the parties had previously signed the RLA-CAA, which did not allow for open houses. New listings should also include this addendum if the listing broker wants to hold open houses.
PEADS: The PEADS have been combined and simplified into one shorter PEAD-ALL form that is available if members prefer to use it instead of on-site sign-in protocols.
The newly revised forms PRE, BPPP, PEAD, as well as the new Property Sign-in PSI form and new Listing Addendum LOHA form will all be available on zipForm as soon as possible. In the interim, a PDF of each of these is available here. Members may still use the current forms that are on zipForm if they choose until the new ones are released.
These changes represent a step in the right direction, and we are hopeful that they will make it easier for REALTORS® to comply with laws that are consistent with other businesses while remaining in accordance with health guidelines.
We have been in communication with MLSListings regarding our intent to restart Broker Tours. They have indicated that some work needs to be done on the system to allow this to happen. Having said that, it is unlikely that Broker Tours will start next week but there is a good chance we will be ready to go the following week. We will update everyone as soon as we receive the green light from MLSListings to begin submitting properties for Broker Tour (which could begin as early as next week to be on tour the following week).
As a reminder, Monterey County remains in the Orange Tier as of today. Indoor gatherings are still strongly discouraged in both tiers, outdoor gatherings in Orange are limited to 50 and 100 in Yellow. Indoor, maximum of 25% capacity in Orange and 50% capacity in Yellow.