Due to the concern regarding COVID-19, please know that although the main office of Lisa Hampton Real Estate’s will be temporarily closed to in-person visits, we will continue to do business by working from our homes until allowed to return to the office.
May 29, 2020 Vermont - Effective Friday, May 29, 2020 -
Special note about out-of-state buyers/renters: Those selling real estate shall not encourage or accommodate out-of-state buyers to visit properties unless the clients have self-quarantined in accordance with the Vermont Department of Health quarantine guidance.
However, if the out-of-state visitor has entered into a fully-signed and accepted Purchase and Sales Contract or Rental Lease Agreement for a specific property, an agent or individual may accommodate a viewing of that property if the buyer/renter has not completed their quarantine under limited circumstances:
- The buyer/renter has entered into a legal Purchase and Sale Contract or Rental Lease Agreement for the specific address they plan to visit; AND
- The buyer/renter travels directly to and from the property and can do so without any NONESSENTIAL stops along the way; AND
- The buyer/renter travels via their own personal motor vehicle and is able to travel round trip to and from the Vermont property in the same day (no overnight stay in Vermont); AND
- The buyer/renter certifies they have not experienced symptoms associated with COVID-19 including and have not been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days and has satisfactorily completed the required COVID-19 Real Estate Access Questionnaire (click here to download the VAR Restart Plan, which includes the questionnaire).
Special note about showing occupied homes: Realtors and landlords may not require occupants of a home or apartment to allow potential buyers or renters into their homes during this extraordinary time.
April 17, 2020 - Vermont - Effective Monday, April 20, 2020 - All professional services should be provided in a manner calculated to minimize in-person contact. Any activity that can be conducted remotely, online, by phone, or email, should be. The sale of real estate shall only occur within the confines of Section 1.3 of the guidance issued on April 17th concerning low or no contact professional services:
- Services operating with a single worker (such as appraisers, realtors, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators, and others) may operate if they can comply with the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, with no more than 2 persons (service provider and client) present at one time.
- Real estate services, whether by real estate firms, brokerages, attorneys or individuals, must conduct as much work as possible remotely and change the way they have traditionally done business. However, the April 17th guidance deems real estate and associated services (such as title searches, appraisals, and home inspections), as low- or no-contact professional services and allows them to resume limited operations. Professionals must limit interactions to no more than 2 people (the professional and a client). Real estate open houses shall not occur, but scheduled property showings where no more than 2 people are present may occur. Title searches should be conducted by appointment. Appraisers should use drive by appraisals as an alternative to entering a home if possible.
- Customer and General Public Mask Use. Customers and the public in general, are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings any time they are interacting with others from outside their households.
April 10, 2020 - In Vermont, by order of Governor Scott “all in-person real estate transactions are temporarily suspended.” Business that can be conducted online, by phone or email is still permitted so please reach out to our agents by phone or email if you have any real estate questions.
In NH, real estate brokerage is still considered essential and we are allowed to practice while abiding by recommended safety measures. Due to the recent business shut downs, Sellers may be working from home, teaching their children at home or may have high risk health concerns. We ask that all showing appointments for NH be scheduled well in advance to allow time for these families to adjust their schedules and take necessary precautions. We have been adding Matterport 3D tours and floor plans to our listings so Buyers can preview a potential property through a virtual walk through from the safety of their home.
Please do not schedule a showing if you are sick or believe you have been exposed to someone who may have Covid-19. This pandemic is an unprecedented public health emergency that requires everyone doing everything they can to limit its spread. The health of our clients, agents, and community are of the greatest importance.
Lisa Hampton, Broker Owner