The Mecklenburg County Stay at Home Order that became effective Thursday, March 26 at 8 a.m. remains in effect.The following are amendments to the proposed Detailed Plan of Action, originally included in the April 1, 2020, correspondence from the Canopy Realtor® Association and Canopy MLS and expand on the Clarification and Guidance issued on March 28, 2020 regarding Allowable and Prohibited Transactions with respect to Real Estate Transactions.
Allowable and Prohibited Transactions
Additional Amendments to Stay at Home Order Regarding Residential Brokerage and Leasing
The following are Additional Amendments to the March 26, 2020 Stay at Home Order and subsequent Clarification and Guidance on March 28, 2020 and originally included in the April 1, 2020, correspondence from the Canopy Realtor® Association and Canopy MLS.
Detailed Plan of Action
1) Adherence to the following requirements specified in Executive Order 121 for those businesses classified and Essential Businesses and Operations:
In addition to the Governor's Executive Order 121, the following other practices will be implemented:
2) Taking Listings when Sellers have a financial need to move and have no option to "stay-in-place" will be done virtually to the extent possible. If there is a need to visit the home to obtain signatures where the Seller does not have access to electronic technology, the agent may drop documents at the home; leave documents in an agreed upon location and leave the property. Once the Seller retrieves the documents and signs them, they can put them back in the agreed upon location and contact the agent to come pick up the document. The agent may also take a photo of the front of the house for use in putting the listing in the MLS.
3) Selling or renting/leasing property to consumers who are or about to be in a position where they have no option to "stay-in-place" specifically:
4) Measurements by measurement service providers may measure vacant property only. Only one measurement provider may be in the home at one time.
5) Photographers and videographers may provide their services in vacant property only. Only one photographer and/or videographer (if they are different) may be in the home at one time.
6) Sellers of occupied homes that do not currently have a virtual tour or photos of their home will need to create their own virtual tours and/or take additional photos.
7) In-person showings of homes for sale or rentals on the market are restricted to vacant property only. When showing vacant property, the agent shall not ride in the same vehicle as the consumer and no more than three people may be in the residence at any given time. This allows for the realtor and up to two of the buyers.
As stated above, when showing vacant property, the agent is to :
a. Maintain at least six (6) feet distance from other individuals.b. Wash hands using soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds as frequently as possible and numerous times throughout the day or the use of hand sanitizer.c. Regularly clean high-touch surfaces; [In vacant homes and rental units agents will be solely responsible for cleaning high-touch services throughout the vacant property.]
8) All other showings of homes for sale or rentals must be done virtually.
9) In any situation, where there is a need for human interaction, such interaction is subject to the CDC Guidelines for Social Distancing including but not limited to the following:
a. Identify customers and employees who have viral symptoms and prohibit them from entering the vacant property.b. Require what the CDC calls "respiratory etiquette," including covering coughs and sneezesc. Provide customers and employees with tissues and trash receptacles.d. Prohibit hand shaking and other physical contact between individuals.
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