May 16, 2021
Direct from C.A.R. President & CEO
"Dear Industry Leader,
We were happy to see state guidelines ease for the real estate industry this week. Thank you for your patience as our team has worked through the night to update our guidance, Quick Guide and forms to be able to get them to you this morning. We wanted to give you an hour heads up before the information below goes to your agents and all members. Please let us know if you have any questions. IMPORTANT: We anticipate further announcements impacting real estate showings of all kinds, perhaps as early as later this morning. We will be communicating any relevant changes as quickly as we can.
C.A.R. Updates Guidance on Open Houses
Info about PEADS, updated forms, sign-in requirements, social distancing and more.
On Wednesday, the California Dept. of Public Health updated its guidance on open houses and stated further updates were pending. C.A.R. is pleased to provide the following changes to open house protocols. Please remember to adhere to local guidelines which may be more strict in certain areas.
Open Houses: Advertising open houses, without qualifiers, is allowed and appointments for open houses are no longer required.
Social Distancing: Showings, including open houses, are somewhat relaxed under the new social gatherings guidelines but still include social distancing between members of different households while attending an open house, and are subject to capacity issues depending on the tier of the county where the house is located. Please refer to local guidelines for this information.
Signing In: There will still be a sign-in requirement on site. The new Property Sign-In form- PSI can be used for this purpose. However, you can still use a PEAD instead of the on-site sign in if you prefer. See the new Quick Guide here for more details.
Forms: C.A.R. has simplified and shortened the Rules of Entry (PRE), Preventive Plan (BPPP), and the PSI sign-in form as an alternative to PEADS. There also is an addendum to the listing agreement LOHA reflecting the changed protocols. This form is necessary if the parties had previously signed the RLA-CAA, which did not allow for open houses. New listings should also include this addendum if the listing broker wants to hold open houses.
PEADS: The PEADS have been combined and simplified into one shorter PEAD-ALL that is available if members prefer to use them instead of on-site sign-in protocols.
The newly revised forms PRE, BPPP, PEAD, new Property Sign-in form PSI and the new Listing Addendum LOHA will all be available on zipForm as soon as possible. In the interim, a PDF of each of these is available here.
Members may still use the current forms that are on zipForm if they choose until the new ones are released.
These changes represent a step in the right direction, and we are hopeful that they will make it easier for REALTORS® to comply with laws that are consistent with other businesses while remaining in accordance with health guidelines.
Dave Walsh, C.A.R. President
Joel Singer, C.A.R. CEO"