Property Professionals Primed for Action
Our Property Professionals are primed and ready for Alert Level 3 and are committed to following the required regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act no 57 of 2002). REBOSA, representing real estate business owners in South Africa, have provided specific guidelines that have become an industry standard and the full details of these workplace guidelines can be found in the link below:
“The safety of our clients, Sellers/Landlords and Buyers/Tenants, is a priority and our Property Professionals understand and will adopt these guidelines, policies and procedures to make physically viewing or inspecting a property safe and prudently managed,” assures Sandy Walsh, MD Property.CoZa SA. “While our Property Professionals will continue to promote their properties on websites and via social media, to lessen the amount of viewings, there will always be a need for a client to visit the property they have a real interest in, before fully committing to it.”
Buyers and Tenants will be asked to limit the amount of people wishing to view a property to no more than two people at a time, in terms of these health and safety protocols. This may also improve the buying or renting experience, as Buyers and Tenants will have the full attention of an estate agent. Buyers are encouraged to obtain pre-approval, if financing is required, when considering the purchase of a property and before viewing a property. Tenants should also take steps to pre-qualify for by rental, provision of a credit check, before viewing a property.
Sellers should feel a sense of comfort that a Buyer is following the hygiene protocols when visit their property and this will be carefully managed by the Property Professional. This should also improve security, as visitors will be required to sign a Coronavirus Declaration form and may only view by appointment.
“Over the last two months, video calls or digital meeting platforms have become a common way of communicating. Our Property Professionals share videos and tours with clients via email, WhatsApp, social media and on websites, and once a Buyer or Tenant has familiarised themselves with the property digitally, they may wish to view before sealing the deal,” says Walsh. “The REBOSA guidelines for viewings will be followed closely by our Property Professionals, and Buyers and Tenants may not be granted a viewing if their Coronavirus Declaration identifies any negative responses.”