Realtors are scaling back on the number of homes they are showing for sale or limiting access to realtor offices in the San Gorgonio Pass area and the Inland Empire.
Linda Lou Pippenger, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Kivett-Teeters in Beaumont, said the weekly realtor tours of homes has been discontinued. This includes Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa and Cherry Valley.
Coldwell Banker’s office on East Sixth Street has been quiet, said Pippenger.
No public access is allowed at the Board of Realtors office in Redlands.
Open houses also are being discouraged.
Diana Mangan, Realtor with Solera Realty Team, has been in real estate for 14 years. Her son, Ben Singleton, started the company, Solera Realty Team, less than a year ago and also is the broker.
Mangan said the coronavirus outbreak has affected their business directly since she is a listing agent.
Since Monday, two potential buyers for one home in Solera have backed out due to concerns about the coronavirus, Mangan said. The buyers are seniors because it is a gated senior community.
The unknown also is creating fear, Mangan said.
"There definitely is a difference in a negative way that is going on just this week," Mangan said.
The California Association of Realtors has posted on their website that a new addendum has been included contracts. The form is available on their website.
"The recent events surrounding the spread o fthe COVID-10 strain of the coronavirus has led to any questions about the continued enforceability of real estate contracts under the circumstances. Rather than risk an uncertain outccome in court or arbitration over such disputes, Buyers and Sellers may elect to address the unanswered issues contractually..This form allows parties to agree on a way forward for existing contracts and address potential issues in contracts that have not yet been formed.
As for the household moving industry, technology has changed the way that businesses are getting customers.
Tim Burgess, owner of Burgess Moving and Storage in Riverside, said that household moving companies, including his, are having potential customers take home videos to display their property.
Although it is less expensive for a potential client to do this rather than send an estimator out, it is making more sense now for businesses to control exposure to the virus.