BlogCurrent EventsReal Estate April 18, 2020

COVID-19 & Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz & SIP

Santa Cruz County has been through a lot since the Shelter-in-Place order dropped in March 2020. From everything non-essential being closed to our current stage, which includes much of normal life to be back – with slight adjustments. Outdoor dining, hair saloons, outdoor gyms, shops, grocery stores, beaches and trails are almost all entirely open to the public.

Plan ahead. Every business is different so it helps to plan before you play – tips include: make a reservation, have a backup plan and plan on waiting in a line if there is limited capacity at a particular business. Plan to bring your mask for use around others or doing anything inside, have your temperature checked and continue to sanitize your hands at most establishments.

Real Estate: How it’s done

Homes are still being purchased and sold during this time. Luckily, much of a modern day real estate transaction is virtually possible for a tech-savvy Realtor such as myself.

However, business looks does look slightly different.

There are no open houses allowed during this time. Private showings are possible by appointment only to a maximum of 2 persons from the same household at a time. Virtual tours, reviewing reports and disclosures available and pre-approval status are strongly encouraged and often required before any in-person showings. New forms for both buyers and sellers to sign are also required before any showings. Additionally, 3rd parties  (contractors, photographers, home inspectors, etc…) are allowed to perform to provide their services during this time.

If you have any questions about how this works, please contact me.

We are all in this together and we will get through this together.

Jacqueline Van Metre
Realtor, GREEN
DRE 02015151