In addition to the limitations outlined in July 2020, the Governor has released additional guidelines that supersede the guidelines for Real Estate from July 2020.
The most important changes are
- Fully vaccinated individuals can now gather with other vaccinated individuals
- Realtor physical offices can be reopened to the public, assuming proper social distancing requirement (6′) and cloth mask wearing
- No carpooling – agents and clients must meet at the property
- Time in the property shall be spend on viewing only, all additional conversations will happen outside with proper social distancing
- All purchasers shall have an updated pre-approval letter if they are using financing for said purchase
All professional services should be provided in a manner calculated to minimize in-person contact. Any activity that can be conducted remotely, online, by phone, or email, should be. The sale of real estate shall only occur within the confines of Section 1.2 of the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance concerning low or no contact professional services and in accordance with the real estate restart plan created in cooperation with the Vermont Association of Realtors.
Here are some highlights of what we can and cannot do at this stage:
- Realtors may show homes in accordance with the following maximums: we must limit interactions to no more than 25 people (the professional and a client). Real estate showings may only occur if these strict physical distancing and group limits can be enforced per state requirements of no more than 50 percent fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors.
- Masks must be worn by all and avoid touching surfaces unless necessary.
- Real estate agents shall not encourage or accommodate out-of-state buyers to visit properties unless the clients have self-quarantined in accordance with the Vermont Department of Health quarantine guidance or are traveling from a non-quarantine county.
The new April 17th guidance deems real estate and associated services (such as title searches, appraisals, and home inspections), as low- or no-contact professional services and allows them to resume limited operations effective April 20th. Professionals must limit interactions to no more than 2 people (the professional and a client). Real estate open houses shall not occur, but scheduled property showings where no more than 2 people are present may occur.
(04/16/2020) As of today, Governor Scott of Vermont issued the directive for real estate companies that all in-person real estate transactions are temporarily suspended. That order is in place through May 15th.
Heidi & Kaitlyn