Despite urging from brokers and industry groups, at the start of the outbreak Governor Scott did not give Vermont’s real estate agencies an exemption from the state’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order.
However, on April 17, as part of Governor Phil Scott’s Phase I of Restart Vermont, real estate agents and real estate attorneys have been permitted to begin business again. Only two persons may be present: the agent or attorney and the client. Individuals must follow all health and safety guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing.
With the easing of restrictions, agents may be able to bring prospective buyers to properties on the market, depending on the seller’s comfort level. This benefits local buyers, as Vermont still maintains a 14-day quarantine requirement for people traveling from certain states. Buyers can still preview properties on-line through photographs and virtual tours. Town offices are now allowed to open again, and real estate attorneys may do title work in the town offices, so long as only the clerk and the attorney are in the office adhering to the two person rule.
Restrictions are expected to remain in effect until at least May 15, and real estate agents are finding ways to adjust to the rules prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are looking for a new residence or you have a property up for sale, here’s what you should know about current real estate practices in Vermont:
Despite the upheaval caused by the coronavirus and its ripple effect on the economy, Vermont realtors report that demand is still high for properties in the state. COVID-19 regulations that put restrictions on lodging establishments are being eased in the next couple of months, and lodgings are permitted to take reservations again starting on June 15. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell property, it might be worthwhile to see what type of information can be exchanged through online communications and video. An attorney familiar with the local real estate landscape and with the latest legal developments can make sure you’re ready when the time comes.
Since 1983, Wagner Law has provided effective counsel for a wide range of Vermont real estate concerns, including transactions, title issues and property disputes. To schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney, please call 802-349-1675 or contact us online. Our office is in Middlebury.