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Posted on 5/7/2020 1:20:18 PM

By Bay Estate Agents

When our industry restarts post-lockdown, it is clear that will need to adopt strict practices for physical viewings to help ensure the safety of the viewer, the agent and the homeowner.

In order to produce guidance for best practice on viewings post-lockdown, NAEA Propertymark has revealed that it’s been in talks with the National Association of Realtors, its equivalent in the US.

The Negotiator reports that Estate agents in some parts of the USA are beginning to reopen for business in a phased plan and have restarted physical viewings, offering their UK counterparts a taste of what will happen when the lockdown eases.

It is likely that this will be used as a model for measures to be introduced here. Although, it would appear that the UK is going further than many states in the US.

One of the first regions to allow agents to restart their businesses is the Bay Area of Northern California which includes San Francisco and San Jose. Agents have been allowed to conduct viewings but only the realtor and two other adults are allowed in a property at the same time.

In addition, the vendor must step out of the property during the viewing. Everyone involved must wear masks and gloves and vendors must sign a release form.

In the UK, it is likely that in addition to these measures, surfaces within properties will also need to be disinfected and viewings last no more than 15 minutes.

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