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BERKS COUNTY, Pa. – The real estate business is feeling the strain of coronavirus restrictions.
“There’s a lot of clients, a lot of people right now stuck in this mess,” said Jill Saunders, a realtor in Berks County.
Saunders said ever since Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all “non-essential” businesses, real estate agents have had to show homes virtually, which just doesn’t cut it for some. Many sellers and buyers are left in limbo.
“It’s one of the biggest purchases of their life and being able to not see it in person is a struggle,” said Selena Darraugh, Saunders’ colleague.
Darraugh said that one of her clients has a house that is under a sale agreement, and she’s supposed to move out by June. As of right now, that client says she doesn’t have anywhere else to go.
“I am literally stuck, having some anxiety about the unknown,” that client explained.
That’s why Saunders decided to help launch a petition, asking the governor to establish real-estate as an “essential-business.”
She wants realtors to be allowed to show homes, while taking extra precautions, like getting rid of open houses, and requiring the realtor to show up before a showing to wipe down all surfaces, as well as do a thorough cleaning after the showing. She also said clients could enter the homes by themselves, while wearing personal protective gear.
Within two days, more than 1,600 people signed the petition, which they sent off to the governor on Tuesday.
“(We have) about five pounds of paper here and 200 pages,” Saunders said, flipping through the stack of signatures.
69 News reached out to the governor’s office, but has not yet received a response.
Saunders said she hopes that if all goes well, realtors will be able to start showing again this June.