COVID-19 And Real Estate in Clark County, WA
During this unprecedented time, some of our clients have been asking what we can and cannot do in terms of selling properties. Originally declared a “non-essential” activity, real estate has now been deemed “essential” with very important guidelines and restrictions.
Any transactions that were Pending at the time of the Governor’s original order will be allowed to close. Restrictions on home inspections, repairs and final walk-throughs are in place. Most signings and closings are done electronically or remotely.
New listings are restricted to homeowners in distress from Covid-19 and must sell due to circumstances such as a job loss, a planned move, health issues, or some other non-preventable condition requiring a more immediate sale.
Meanwhile, prospective buyers must be pre-approved with a lender, or otherwise prove financial ability to purchase a home. Most sellers are asking buyers to view online tours and floor plans prior to requesting a tour. Open houses are also prohibited until further notice.
One-on-one meetings with clients, including showings, are allowed, provided all social distancing guidelines are utilized. This means no more than one person in the home – accompanied by the agent – at a time. Family members who want to view a home will have to wait until his/her turn to view the property with the agent. Many sellers have been requiring that all viewers wear booties, gloves and face masks while in the home.
We have several sellers who are choosing to wait until restrictions are lifted before listing their properties. Our buyers, for the most part, are also able to wait this out.
We are committed to protecting our family and clients and, as such have opted to work from home remotely. But we are available if you need us.
If you are interested in learning more about how we can list or show a property at this time, please contact us for more information.