Guidance on Open Houses

April 30, 2020 guidance on open houses:

This information may change at any time and Realtors are encouraged to confirm general business and open house regulations regularly with their county health department(s).

The six (6) Counties of Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan have authority to make their own decisions to allow or prohibit real estate open houses through their county health department. Real estate open houses are currently prohibited in Knox County (the five (5) other listed counties are not within KAAR's jurisdiction). Realtors may continue to show homes by appointment only, are encouraged to hold virtual open houses, and are urged to adhere to CDC and health department safety guidelines (social distancing, pearing PPE, disinfecting/cleaning between showings, etc). Further Knox County reopening guidance here.

The other 89 Tennessee Counties are subject to the Tennessee State Health Department guidelines as set out in recent Orders by Governor Lee; open houses are not expressly prohibited in these 89 counties but are strongly discouraged. Governor Lee has deemed real estate an essential service so real estate businesses may continue to operate but practitioners are strongly urged to follow CDC and health department safety precautions (social distancing, wearing PPE, disinfecting, operating virtually as much as possible, limiting contact, etc).

It is not business as usual during this economic reopening time. KAAR's Leadership Team agrees with area health and safety professionals and also strongly discourages the use of open houses in the other 89 Tennessee Counties. NAR also strongly urges members to use virtual showings and to limit in-person activity in all other respects to the greatest extent possible. Further NAR guidance here.

The decision to hold open houses in any of these other 89 counties (again, they are prohibited in Knox County) rests on individual brokers and agents (agents should be sure to align with the broker’s leadership and the broker should ensure his/her decisions are in accordance with state and local directives related to business practices). All Realtors should continue to lead by example by conducting their services in a responsible manner, take all necessary health and safety precautions, and avoid in-person contact to the greatest extent possible in order to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19 in their communities.