Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)

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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I don't think it's a matter of being responsible, I think it's a matter of whether the sellers want to make sure they don't get sick after allowing a showing. If the sellers want to stay healthy, they should wipe down the counters OR not allow showings.

Mar 24, 2020 05:00 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

In NY, people should not be doing this at all. So, I would say the risk and violation is on the part of buyer.   They are putting their lives and those they know at risk.

I just wish people would stay at home.  It is the sensible and courteous thing to do.

Mar 24, 2020 04:41 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Shoud the sellers allow showings if they have reason to believe the buyer may expose the place to the virus? Should the showing agent bear the cost? No real answer, just thoughts to ponder.

Mar 24, 2020 06:47 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

In NY, no one should be showing a house so....

Mar 24, 2020 05:58 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It is easier for the seller/owner/listing agent  to install precautions. Total one time cost per house  ~$250.

However, buyer agents have historically proven so irresponsible they and they client can not be trusted to follow the rules of the house.

Therefore, it it the buyer and their agent who must be held responsible for disinfecting after showing.  Failure to do so is a $1,500 bill sent to broker and a promise of social shaming if not resolved.

Mar 24, 2020 05:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Sellers should not be allowing showings during this pandemic unless the home is vacant.

Mar 24, 2020 07:21 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I don't know if "responsible" is the word I'd use but in the end yes. The person responsible in my book is the person who infected the place. Second in line would be the buyers agent who brought the infected individual in. BUT we all know that neither of those things are going to happen Jeff Pearl so yes it all comes down to the owner who had no fault in the situation.

Mar 24, 2020 06:10 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Jeff Pearl,

Working on vacant land, customers can drive by on their own. I currently have a vacant house under contract, I may not be allowed to be at closing. We did our showing over a month ago, we may not do a final walk.

Mar 24, 2020 06:05 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Lysol, Pine-sol & alcohol should be found working in every home for sale in obvious ways constantly. The smell of cleanliness sells like curb appeal does

Mar 24, 2020 07:37 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I should think that they would want to do so.

Mar 24, 2020 07:31 AM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

I'm not sure what "for the seller/owner/listing agent  to install precautions. Total one time cost per house  ~$250" that Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 means, so until do, I do not have any opinion.

Mar 24, 2020 06:06 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  I'd put a disclaimer in the agent remarks and advise them to use PPEs.

Mar 24, 2020 08:45 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

We ALL need to be responsible and accountable for our actions. 

Mar 24, 2020 08:38 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Nope-not in CA, no showings allowed, period. Not an issue when you can't allow people inside. Shelter in Place shuts down showings of any property for any reason. 

Mar 24, 2020 02:19 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

In my opinion, I would have gloves available for buyers, just like I'd have booties for foul weather, and wipe down anything they touched.

Mar 24, 2020 10:18 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

No I don't think so. I think it is smart but most sellers don't ever go back to the vacants I've found to do much at all.

Mar 24, 2020 09:37 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

We all have to take personal responsibility. That said, if I were the seller, I would sanitize everything whether or not the buyer or agent had done so. 

Mar 24, 2020 11:31 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

No showings including open houses or brokers open in California during this time of sheltering in place. Seller clients who do so on their own are doing so at their own risk. And it would be against the advice of me, their broker.

Mar 24, 2020 11:43 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

We are not allowed to have showings or open houses, effective Thursday 3/26 to April 16. 

Until then (tomorrow!), I think both buyers and sellers should BOTH be personally responsible - sellers disinfect befor AND after and buyers use gloves & disinfectant wipes to touch ANYthing in a home they tour. 

Mar 24, 2020 09:10 PM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

Lawyers will have a field day for years after this pandemic ends.  They will make the mold days seem like kid's play.

Mar 25, 2020 12:54 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Lights on, all doors open for easy navigation in/out without touching anything. Seller is responsible for their own property but it can be discussed and worked out between seller/agent.

If there is fear of giving/getting, do virtual open houses or get Matterport Virtual Tour done.

Mar 25, 2020 07:49 AM