DORA Guidance re: Boulder Real Estate
Catch 22. Real estate is essential service when it comes to closing existing transactions and representing our clients. But we are in the same boat as everyone else when it comes to avoiding contact during this time of social distancing.
So, what exactly is the story? Official document says: social distancing and Guidance on Showing Real Estate During a Pandemic
Executive Order D 2020 017
With the most recent revisions, the current Colorado executive orders require all Coloradans to stay home unless part of a designated critical enterprise. Real estate appraisals and closings are considered critical
Inspections and a home walk-through is as well – provided the property is under contract. That fully executed purchase contract is more important than ever. But what about showings?
Showings Unnecessarily Compromise Public Health
As of April 8, 2020 — and this can change at any given moment — showings are designated as unnecessary risks to the public. A family leaving their home could be exposed to the virus. Or be exposed accidentally upon their return home.
So, at this time, we have no showings. I have heard there can be virtual showings – wherein a Realtor may visit a vacant home and then use an App such as Facetime or Zoom to conduct a showing.
However, I don’t think this would necessarily work on an occupied house – since the agent and the occupants should always be six feet or further apart.
Social Distancing Meets Real Estate Showings
The real trick here is that our nation is about midway into this social distancing effort to save lives. And Boulder real estate agents need to make the same sacrifices as coffee baristas for the good of our nation.
So what comes next? While I would like to say everyone will just wait it out, my intuition tells me there are Sellers that have to sell and home buyers who need to purchase their replacement homes.
I would not be surprised if a segment of buyers begins making offers on homes sight unseen and then utilizes the home inspection phase to ensure they really like the inside of the home. While this is not the goal of the DORA guidance, it does meet the criteria of Division of Real Estate.
But like I say, that’s just my guess.
Doing Our Part Social Distancing
For myself, I know it is critically important to practice social distancing. This means for family and friends and neighbors and clients outside of the house. This week I saw my son – but we kept about ten to fifteen feet apart in a public parking lot.
Neither of us wants to accidentally infect the other. My son was probably secretly happy he didn’t have to get a hug from his dad. LOL.
And while my clients are not nearly on the same level as family, I don’t want to endanger a client! So yesterday, I conducted a virtual appointment with a potential new client via Facetime on an Apple iPad. It actually worked out great, because the home seller was able to walk around and give me a tour of her property!
Best Zoom App Yet
By the way, a favorite zoom application for our family has been our weekly zoom calls. All family in four different households across two time zones and three states. Some of the kids sign on with their own devices.
Personalities really come through when the kids have their own phone for the group call. Our last visit was show and tell with some great sharing. And the youngest – Peter – keeps teaching the oldest (Mom/Grandma) new ways to use Zoom! Its a hoot.