What’s Changed in Real Estate since Covid-19?

The real estate industry in Pennsylvania re-opened after the Covid-19 lockdown on May 19, 2020. Since that time, James A. Cochrane real estate in Chester County, PA has been conducting “limited business-related activities statewide” based on guidance from the governor.

As counties in the state of Pennsylvania move through a phased reopening, the guidance has changed, moving toward less restrictions. However, within the real estate industry, certain rules are expected to stay in place for the foreseeable future, according to the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors (PAR).

So for the time being, expect that you’ll encounter some or all of these conditions when buying or selling real estate in Pennsylvania.

  • Showings by appointment
  • Masks for all individuals involved in real estate activity
  • Property visits limited to 3-Persons
  • New documents: COVID-19 Health and Safety Acknowledgment and COVID-19 Property Access Notice
  • Agents may continue to keep a record of appointments
  • Agents may ask prospective buyers for contact information
  • A verbal health screening for all parties involved in real estate activities


-Beth Gilbert-Crowell

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