In order to comply with the 10-person guideline set forth by Executive Order 53, your Realtor® may suggest cancelling any planned open houses. Open houses have the potential to violate the Governor’s order and could pose an unnecessary risk to the public. Individual showings are allowed, while reducing potential exposure as much as possible. Your Realtor® is also able to show your property virtually under current relaxed guidelines. If the need arises to conduct business in person, your Realtor® will do so following the CDC-recommended rules dictating social distancing, cleaning and other means.
Most, if not all, real estate sales contracts are now signed remotely. While this practice is commonplace, many don’t realize that Virginia law also permits remote notarization (commonly known as “e-notarization.”) While many lenders have historically required in-person (“wet”) signatures on promissory notes, your lender may be willing to permit remote notarization as part of their COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts. Check with your lender for more information. Also, many Virginia Circuit Courts offer electronic recordation of certain land records such as deeds and deeds of trust. Check with your local Circuit Court or a settlement agent for more information.