Covid-19 Phase Two Reopening

Communities and families are still having to cope with the effects of Covid-19, but we are nevertheless glad for our Mid-Hudson Valley region to be entering this Phase Two opening starting today June 9.

We look forward to welcoming you to our office in Briarcliff Manor or meeting up with you elsewhere in our beautiful county of Westchester.

We wanted to provide some information on what to expect going forward and to touch base and let you know that as we all expected, things will be done somewhat differently from now on. But we are here to hopefully help to make things a little easier and more comfortable for you.

While, we will be able to once again host you at our office and conduct property showings, New York State has rightly provided mandatory instructions as well as recommended guidelines for how we will be doing so. The National Association of Realtors (“NYSAR”) has provided a bulleted summary of these instructions and guidelines and I’ve included those below:

Mandatory

  • Showings are only allowed in unoccupied or vacant properties (e.g. current owner or lessee is not inside the property).
  • All individuals visiting the property will be required to wear a face covering at all times.
  • Replace or clean and disinfect gloves after every showing (as applicable).
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (e.g. handrails, door knobs etc.) before or after every showing.
  • Stagger showings in order to avoid the congregation of people outside and inside properties.
  • Open houses are only allowed with one party inside the property at a time.

Recommended

  • Gloves and shoe-covers are recommended in addition to face coverings.
  • Provide face coverings and gloves to prospective tenants and/or buyers, if necessary.
  • Sellers/lessees are advised to open all necessary doors and cabinets as well as turn on all light switches to ensure minimal touching of surfaces by outside parties.
  • Advise prospective tenants/buyers to only touch essential surfaces (e.g. handrails going up/down stairs if necessary) during their time  in the property.
  • Limit showing of common building amenities in-person (e.g. gym, roof deck, pool).
  • Encourage only one party (e.g. building inspector, home appraiser, prospective tenant/buyer, photographer, stager) to be allowed inside the property at a time.
  • Prospective tenants/buyers are encouraged not to bring young children to property showings, when possible, or leave attended children outside.
  • Limit salespeople / brokers from driving in the same car with prospective tenants / buyers. If this cannot be avoided, face coverings must be worn by everyone in the vehicle and frequently touched areas of the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Conduct remote walkthroughs rather than in-person walkthroughs (e.g. recorded/live video).

It is important to note, that Sellers have the right to ‘mandate’ any of the ‘recommended’ guidelines for real estate agents and potential Buyers entering their properties.”

In addition to the above recommended guidelines, Sellers may also require prospective Buyers to sign a Covid-19 Disclosure form.

For more information or clarification on real estate matters in this Phase Two period, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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