Monthly events expected to resume in June as COVID-19 restrictions loosen
By Craig Lazzeretti
Assistant managing editor
(Thursday, May 27, 11:15 a.m.): After a 16-month hiatus, Sunday open houses (the real, not virtual ones) are set to return to Rossmoor next month.
ReMax Accord Manager Mary Beall-Neighbor, who coordinated the monthly open house events for area Realtors before the pandemic shutdown, said the plan is to restart them on Sunday, June 20. The move follows the state’s recent loosening of real estate industry COVID-19 health guidelines that again allow for agents to show homes without appointments and to multiple groups.
The last traditional open house event in Rossmoor took place in February 2020. (Some virtual open house events were coordinated during the pandemic, the last of which took place in October.)
Beall-Neighbor said agents also are again able to hold broker-only open houses on Tuesdays. Both the public and broker open houses are open to all agents who are members of the Board of Realtors.
“I have always felt that the more agents that become aware of Rossmoor and how to properly work in Rossmoor, brings more value to the sellers and therefore a higher price for the units,” she said.
Pre-pandemic, the monthly public open house events in Rossmoor typically included from 10 to 25 homes, Beall-Neighbor said. However, with limited listings currently and a cautious public just beginning to return to some semblance of normalcy, “it’s impossible to say yet what kind of response we’re going to have out of the gate.”
Under the new guidelines, there will continue to be plenty of measures taken to protect the health of open house attendees, including social distancing and mask wearing.
“You will have to limit entry to ensure that everyone is able to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from everyone who is not in their household,” according to a Quick Guide on the new rules from the California Association of Realtors.
All visitors to open houses must wear masks indoors, even if vaccinated, and are expected to comply with other precautions, such as hand sanitizing or washing. Extra face masks should be made available for those who don’t have one.
The CAR’s Quick Guide also provides the following guidelines for agents who are showing homes:
- All persons entering should sign in digitally or in writing, and the sign-in should include a statement that they are agreeing to follow the posted rules for entry; that they have received a link to or a copy to the COVID-19 prevention plan; and attesting that they do not feel sick, do not have other COVID-like symptoms, and have not been exposed recently to someone with COVID, to their knowledge;
- The rules for entry must be posted at the entrance to the property and be clearly visible;
- The property should be cleaned once a day consistent with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
- Doors and windows should be open, weather permitting, to introduce fresh air;
- Sanitizer and wipes should be available for cleaning.
“We’ll follow all the guidelines that are necessary, and we’ll see how long it takes for the public to get back to attending open houses again,” Beall-Neighbor said, noting that Rossmoor’s older demographic might create a different dynamic from open houses that resume outside the gate. “It’s going to be kind of a little adventure to get back into it.”