Tony Lewis, Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo (RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident)

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Ken Jones, ASA | Broker & Appraiser
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc./Global Valuations - Newark, NJ
Commercial Real Estate Broker & Appraiser

Tony Lewis If they're no longer infected, there's no need to do anything.

If they're still sick, obviously shouldn't be showing the property.

This really isn't brain surgery.

Oct 18, 2020 06:36 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Having had a family member who had the virus, I would not get my hair on fire about it.  If they disclosed it to you, but have since tested negative, there is no issue.  If they are still testing positive, I would delay going on the market until they get a negative test.  Seems pretty simple.

Oct 17, 2020 09:05 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

No, not at all. Follow the timeline & guidelines & be sure everyone is recovered, safe or quarantined. Are 'houses' catching it now?

Oct 18, 2020 06:22 AM
Jay McHugh
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert - Acton, MA
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor


I disagree with you about attorney needing to discuss in Mass there are more attorneys who are morons and cause additional problems than solutions....full disclosure and disinfect the home...if needed withdraw the listing....common sense prevails here....

Oct 18, 2020 03:53 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I would wait until they've gotten past their 2-week quarantine. Have the family clean the property thoroughly and you should be good to go.

We are mandated to use CDC guidelines and that is what they say to do. Easy-peasy and no attorney necessary!

Oct 18, 2020 01:03 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Follow the guidelines for your state.  The CA guidelines and protocols are clear provided one had reading and comprehension skills.

Why would one need to consult with an attorney? 

Oct 18, 2020 07:54 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

That is too general a question... has the person recovered? Do they still carry any signs of the virus? Has the home been disinfected? I don't know that my first step would be to speak with an attorney. Lots of questions need to be answered first.

Oct 18, 2020 03:49 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671


Make sure it is cleaned up

fill out the proper CV forms that the state suggests.

and get it SOLD.

Oct 18, 2020 02:51 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I'd be more worried if a woman going through menopause lived there. LOL LOL LOL far more dangerous! 
Ask attorney about that . . . 

What ChrisAnn said.

Oct 18, 2020 07:01 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Isolation period completed.
Two consecutive negative tests.
Full house sanitizing, both surfactant treatment and UV.
No showing without signed C-19 document.(addresses mentioned concern)
Publish showing protocol.
Be there to keep buyer agents honest.
Create the 'no-touch' showing environment.
Treat common area after showing.
Rinse and repeat.


Oct 18, 2020 05:49 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Easy peasy on this one. Look at Chris Ann Cleland's comment! 

Oct 18, 2020 04:17 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

If everyone in the house is symptom free and the infected person had a negative test then I'd not be concerned and certainly not need an attorney.

Oct 18, 2020 01:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Check with your state association attorney/legal hotline if there is one, and follow the recommended procedures and guidelines. In CA we have a form sellers need to sign to declare their covid status and allow access to the property.

Oct 17, 2020 08:51 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

unless the attorney is the seller no need to talking to an attorney.  Negative test and done.

Oct 18, 2020 01:44 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Had is the operative word in your question.  Disinfect the home as you would every other home.  A LOT of folks have had covid, millions with not a lot of symptoms.

Oct 18, 2020 10:55 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No differently than if a member of selling family had aids, flu, cancer, etc. It's none of the publics business, and it's not the agents job to verify what kind of medical conditions a seller might have.

Oct 18, 2020 06:48 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker Associate
Miramar Beach - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

No real changes, use common sense and keep the lawyers away

Oct 18, 2020 06:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Not sure if I would need an attorney, but a thorough cleaning company that can ensure that the home has been disinfected prior to showings.

Oct 18, 2020 05:38 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Bob Crane and Chris Ann Cleland are correct.  B,C but not all the above. 

Oct 18, 2020 03:57 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

In the past month? So 4-weeks ago or 1-week ago? If 4-weeks it should be ok.

I'd ask what they have done to disinfect their home and if they have had testing recently and had 2 negative tests in a row. Then I would ensure that potential buyers were aware. Would also make all showings require masks, gloves, and no touching. Maybe you'd like to get a covid disclosure form filled out to protect yourself. 

Oct 18, 2020 02:43 PM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I couldn't agree more with Jay McHugh 

Oct 18, 2020 12:22 PM
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

There is not enough information given. Has the person fully recovered (two negative tests, doctor clearance, etc.), have all the others in the selling family been tested and are negative, etc. I would follow the guidelines provided by our local and State Associations.

Oct 18, 2020 11:05 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Those situations now come with the territory. Always protect yourself and your clients.

Oct 18, 2020 10:41 AM
Larris Hutton
Linchpin Property Management - Fayetteville, NC
Property Management Company in Fayetteville, NC

If they tested negative subsequently, no issue. The biggest issue is you shouldn't disclose it. Honestly, he best course of action at this point is to assume everyone is infected. Even if they haven't been tested and show no symptoms.

Oct 18, 2020 10:39 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Interesting. Here is my question: Will someone please point to the bacteria, germ, virus or (?) in the room they are in and put up barriers, warnings and signs to avoid this area? What area? For how long? Where did the invader come from? How did it enter? Where is it going? What is it doing right now? The fact is: "hype" is having fun at our expense. Apply some testing too: Please list and supply a history of all people who have entered this premises, if and when they got sick within the last 5 years, how it was treated and when did they have their last medical check-up? God help us

Oct 18, 2020 07:09 AM
Jerry Thomas-Construction Loans
Cranbrook Loans - Farmington Hills, MI
Construction Loans in MI, OH, VA, GA and FL.

I'd ask for some documentation that they now test negitive. If they provide that I wouldn't mention it in the listing or disclosures.

Oct 18, 2020 05:22 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

My attorneys are not medical doctors; they are lawyers.  I don't need their advice on this topic.

I will comply with CDC guidelines, and SELL THE HOUSE.

Oct 18, 2020 04:51 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

No need for a lawyer to tell me that full disclosure of the recent  infection of a member of the selling family is necessary.

Has the victim died? Has the victim fully recovered? Is the victim still sick? Is the victim at the hospital, occupying the property or elswhere? Are others of the victim's family occupying the property? Have they been tested recently...more than just once?

Has the house been sanitized if it is vacant?

If it is occupied by the victim's family and/or the victim, I think it would substantially decrease the number of buyers who would want to see the property...and agents who would want to show it.


Oct 18, 2020 02:58 PM
Jerrill Ewing
N & J Lake Properties, LLC - Eatonton, GA

what's the handle.... if a person is sick don't have showings, if they are well be calm and carry on

Oct 18, 2020 01:52 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Starts with Disclos

Oct 18, 2020 07:29 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

If they have recovered or have had a negative test, there is no disclosure you had the flu in the past. If someone was still postive, then i would sig the listing an dhold on showings until they were clear and the home had been cleaned. 

Oct 18, 2020 06:23 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Are they recovered and now negative?  Clean and list.  And here "we have a form for that" for each and every listing and showing so I'd make sure it's availability is alive and well.  

Oct 19, 2020 04:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I don't think an attorney would be required, but it depends on the situation. When exactly did they have Covid-19? Are they over it and healthy? Did they quarantine? Has the home been cleaned? Is everyone wearing masks? Where's the hand sanitizer? etc etc etc.

Oct 18, 2020 05:52 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Member of family had Covid 30 days ago and other family members are negative tests yesterday? California is being sticky about the topic. I would not do open houses. I would not ask an attorney. Require those who enter to wear gloves and mask, no children. Open windows. I would NOT have a lock box, meet any buyers agents with faces covered.  When somone gets into escrow document and get signoff. At closing have house cleaned, offer no guarantee about cleaning or covid.

Oct 19, 2020 02:10 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Ask your broker how to proceed.

Oct 18, 2020 06:41 PM
Deanna Parnell
All N Realty LLC - Pearland, TX
Military relocation professional in Houston area.

Request virtual showings only, until you know the home has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. 

Oct 20, 2020 06:08 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Disclosure and strict protocol. Don't know how disclosure would work with HIPAA in this case, may need permission of seller, but I am sure buyers would want to know. Might need to show proof of negative test and letter from doctor re: safety to be in contact with others. BTW, if one member had Covid and they all live together, were the others tested?

Oct 19, 2020 06:23 PM