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PHOTO: STUFF Rules are changing for some open homes because of the coronavirus outbreak.

If you’re not feeling well, you can expect not to be allowed into open homes, real estate agents say.

In other parts of the world, real estate salespeople are replacing in-person inspections with virtual tours of houses, to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus.

But so far, New Zealand agents are going ahead – with a few caveats.

The Real Estate Institute has sent suggestions to its members, including that salespeople talk to sellers first to make sure they were happy to continue to hold open homes and rental viewings at all.

Provided they were, salespeople were told to have hand sanitiser available and to display hygiene and coronavirus notices.

That would include a warning that people who were unwell or had recently travelled should not enter.

All visitors would be required to register their details. If someone attended an open home, rental viewing or auction and then tested positive for coronavirus, other people who attended might need to be contacted.

Salespeople were told doors should be left open throughout the property to minimise the spread of any bugs.


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