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Virus Impact on Open Houses

Updated: Mar 14

Q. I'm holding an open house in Sawgrass this weekend. Do you think the virus will have an impact?

A.  Yes, you may want to re-think your open house. Nearly 1 in 4 home sellers nationwide are changing how their home is viewed while the home remains on the market due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors. The changes include stopping open houses, requiring potential buyers to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer, asking buyers to remove shoes or wear booties, avoid shaking hands and other changes.  For my listings, I'm providing free hand sanitizer for all visitors and have provided my sellers plenty of disinfectant wipes and Lysol spray.  With interest rates at all time lows and our Spring market right around the corner, you want to ensure your home is welcoming and safe to all who enter. 

You can view the full National of Association Realtors report here:

Have a real estate question or need some sound advice?  Call or text Phyllis Staines at (904) 476-7653 or email Every question will receive a response and may be chosen to appear in Saturday's Times Union newspaper.



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