The Division of Real Estate has received numerous inquiries from real estate brokers and homeowners concerning the showing of homes and conducting open houses at this time while COVID-19 is spreading. We have seen state-wide Public Health Order 20-23 limiting mass gatherings to no more than ten (10) people, Executive Order D 2020 013 mandating the reduction of in-person work requirements by at least 50 percent for non-essential businesses, and “Stay-at-Home” orders in Denver, Boulder, and other counties further limiting the ability of parties, including notaries, to appear in person for closings.
There are many resources available for you and your clients to consider before showing a home, and prior to having a conversation about conducting an open house at this time.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the State Emergency Operation Center (EOC) have issued public health orders for social distancing and recommendations for businesses.
- National Association of Realtors® (NAR), has developed a Q&A concerning this issue.
- The City of Denver has issued a “Stay-at-Home” Order effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, until April 10, 2020, unless extended.
- The City of Boulder has issued a “Stay-at-Home” Order effective March 24, 2020, until April 10, 2020, unless extended.
- Pitkin County Public Health has issued a “Stay-at-Home” Order that includes all cities and towns within the county, effective March 23, 2020, until April 17, 2020, unless extended.
Many other Colorado cities and counties may be considering placing similar restrictions on businesses and residents in the near future.
Real estate professionals and homeowners should follow any emergency rules or orders in effect for the county and city where they are contemplating holding an open house. Real estate brokers have an obligation to exercise reasonable skill and care and should adhere to best practices to protect the general public, their clients, and themselves during this time of uncertainty.