Q: Are we permitted to hold socially distanced open houses, where one party at a time goes in to view the listing?
A: We have heard from many Realtors® regarding the possibility of a nontraditional “staggered “open house whereby the listing agent opens the house and allows prospective buyers to come through the home one household at a time. Under this scenario, the listing agent would clearly inform attendees of the parameters for seeing the property in advance, requiring some form of notification to the listing agent that the prospective buyer has arrived (via text message or some other form of communication), and the prospective buyer would wait in their vehicle until it is their turn to tour the home. This way, the listing agent is able to ensure that only two households (the listing agent and one prospective buyer household) are in the residence at a given time. The arrangement would be acceptable under the two-household limitation that the order imposes. Of course, it must also be an arrangement that the Seller is comfortable with.