New York City has officially entered Phase Two, allowing Real Estate professionals to resume in-person showings. While we are eager to get back to business, we recognize that re-opening is a gradual process and the safety of our clients is our top priority.
We will be following all recommended safety measures and adhering to the best practices set forth by The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) in all aspects of business. Read below for full outlines of the steps our agents will be taking.
Following Public Health Guidelines
Agents and clients will maintain at least six feet social distance for all in-person interactions. Agents will clean and disinfect all frequently touched objects and surfaces and wash hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Agents and clients will wear appropriate face coverings during all in-person interactions. Everyone will stay home if sick and continue to check CDC, State and City guidelines for updates.
Agents will consider holding preliminary meetings with clients over the phone or via videoconference prior to viewing space in person. They will share high-resolution photos, renderings or video clips that provide clear and specific descriptions of the physical attributes of the space.
Conducting In-Person Business Only When Necessary
Agents will use REBNY’s Limitation of Liability Form when coordinating in-person, on-site visits to a property with vendors or consumers. They will consider implementing health screenings prior to in-person showings or tours using this Health Screening Questionnaire Form. Agents will always comply with all building guidelines, which may include designated hours for tours, elevator usage and access to ancillary spaces.
Regulating Showings and Events
If a building owner allows showings or events, brokers and agents should conduct them by appointment only with one party inside the property at a time. Showings will only be allowed in unoccupied or vacant properties.
Agents will use electronic means to share information, send proposals, sign contracts and “meet” with clients via videoconferencing to explain documents.
Agents will utilize a hybrid model of the “Escrow Closing” by delivering and signing documents prior to the closing. All in-person closings should be limited to essential parties only. Audio-visual notarization and wire transfers will be used whenever possible.
If you have any questions about Phase Two, reach out to our agents!