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Pandemic forces realtors to change the way they sell homes

Posted at 5:51 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 21:59:05-04

Home sales are down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, causing local realtors to change the way they operate.

According to realtor Preston Miller, one change requires clients to fill out a form declaring they don't have any COVID-19 symptoms.

He says real estate has been listed as an essential service and agents are working with guidelines developed by the California Association of Realtors.

"It is essential. I mean, certain people, this hasn't stopped them needing to move or needing to downsize or family formation and they need a new house all the kind of things that would spur someone to move in general still happen. Like a lot of those things are happening in light of all this and so there's a lot of people that still need to buy or sell a home and a lot of that is still happening," said Miller, CEO of Modern Broker.

Many realtors are also relying on virtual tours to sell houses.