These are unprecedented time we’re living in, and I doubt any of us expected to spend the start of Spring avoiding other people and trying to flatten a pandemic curve. In doing my part as real estate agent to try and balance the financial needs of my family and my clients with the needs of community health, I am cautiously continuing to do business according to the CDC’s recommendations regarding social distancing and other precautions.
My guidelines for doing business during this COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting quarantine are in line with Tarrant County’s shelter-in-place ruling, which does consider real estate “essential” business. These strategies are adopted from Keller William’s corporate policies, which aim to continue operations while prioritizing people’s safety.
An overview of the policies and practices that I have put into place include:
- Screening all parties prior to meeting with them to ask about recent travel and any recent illness or symptoms
- Offering virtual Open Houses at sellers’ requests
- Offering virtual tours for prospective buyers who do not wish to visit homes in-person
- Asking buyers to limit showings to a group of two
- Asking sellers to turn lights on for showings so this limits touching switches
- Washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer
- Maintaining 6 feet of space with other people whenever possible
- Conducting most closings digitally
Because people are still looking/needing to buy and sell right now, it is my goal to continue offering real estate services, but to do so responsibly. Please reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or any needs that you have. *** And see below for resources to help you through this time. ***
Together, we will get through this crisis!
All the best,
Ian Van Kooten, REALTOR, CiBP
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