Fall, 2020 Open House Multiple Choice

Quick! Guess which of the following is liable to show up at Realtor open houses this Fall:

A. “Nosy Neighbors.”
B. Serious Buyers.
C. People looking for interior decorating ideas.
D. Prospective home sellers interviewing agents to sell their home next year (without telling the Realtor that’s what they’re doing).
E. A Minnesota Dept. of Commerce employee on the look-out for violations of the state’s pandemic health protocol.

Correct answer: “All of the above.”

“But, Have They Been Pre-Approved??”

Yup, agents hosting open houses may have an unexpected, umm . . . “guest” this Fall: a representative from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, looking for agents who aren’t complying with the state’s COVID safety guidelines protocol.

Some of the protocol’s requirements:

–Wearing a mask at all times, and requiring all visitors to do the same;
–Leaving cabinets, closets and other doors open;
–Limiting the number of people in the property to no more than 10 at a time (counting the Realtor). If possible, restricting property access to one group at a time;
–Making all bathrooms “off-limits.”

Are such rules a hassle if not a major inconvenience?

No doubt (“you betcha!,” as the locals like to say).

But so is getting Covid-19, or exposing someone you know . . .

See also, “Why I Like Neighbors ” Reason #37“; “Marketing to Neighbors“; and “Qualifying Sunday Open House Traffic.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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