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Coronavirus Update: What Local Orders Mean for Real Estate

by | Mar 27, 2020 | Denver, News, Phoenix, Raleigh, Seattle

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Update: This post has been revised as of Tuesday, May 19 to include the latest in each of the states we serve.
As the response to the coronavirus epidemic continues to evolve, we at Trelora are monitoring the situation closely. As a client, we want to make sure you are informed of the latest, and how the situation impacts the process of buying and selling homes.
We will continue to update this post with all of the latest from federal, state, and local governments, so please keep an eye on this page for future updates.
If your area is among those with restrictions, please see our posts about how we are adapting by holding remote open houses and self-guided showings.

Arizona

Real estate transactions can proceed as normal as long as physical distancing guidelines are followed.
Governor Ducey’s “Stay at Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order expired on Thursday, April 30. The stat is now under Phase I reopening guidelines.
Throughout the pandemic Ducey’s executive orders have named real estate among the essential businesses that can remain in operation as long as agents and clients alike adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Colorado

Real estate transactions can proceed as normal as long as physical distancing guidelines are followed.
Governor Polis’ statewide stay-at-home order expired on Sunday, April 26th. Colorado is now under “Safer at Home” guidelines, which permit in-person showings.
Real estate is also considered an essential financial and professional institution. This means that as long as we follow social distancing guidelines, real estate transactions can continue to take place as usual.

North Carolina

Real estate transactions can proceed as normal as long as physical distancing guidelines are followed.
Governor Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order expired on Wednesday, April 29th. The current Phase I guidelines allow in-person showings, as well as all normal real estate transaction activities.

Washington

Real estate transactions can close as normal, but in-person appointments are limited to two people at a time.
Governor Inslee of Washington issued a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for Washington State, which was later revised to enable real estate transactions to proceed as normal as long as social distancing protocols are followed. 
Specifically:

  • Closings can proceed as normal.
    • Please contact your title company to discuss details for signing your closing documents remotely or in person.
  • In-person appointments are allowed as long as only two people are together and they stay 6 feet apart.
    • This includes showings, listing consultations, inspections, appraisals, and walkthroughs.
    • If you are buying or selling on your own, we are happy to coordinate a safe in-person showing or appointment.
    • If you are looking with a spouse or family member, we recommend virtual showings so multiple people can participate.
  • Professional photography is not considered essential, but we can still help with photos.
    • Agents can take photos of your home. We aren’t professional photographers, but we do know what to highlight to make your home appealing to buyers.
    • Sellers can take photos of their own home.
  • Moving services are limited to keeping people housed, fulfilling contracts, or protection of vulnerable individuals.

As counties move into Phase II, restrictions on real estate will be reduced further. Please check in with your agent to discuss the best way to keep your transaction moving forward smoothly under these revised guidelines.

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The information contained in this blog is for general information purposes only, and while believed to be accurate, Trelora assumes no legal responsibility for accuracy. Information provided within should not relied upon as legal advice. Please consult with your local advisors for independent information regarding availability and applicability in your market.

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