Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Interpretation seems fluid as do many things these days.  

Mar 24, 2020 07:25 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

Our ruling came not from the Feds but at the state level. makes sense to me since shelter is one of the basic needs:  food, water, shelter, sleep.

Mar 24, 2020 07:26 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Evidently it's a State decision Roy Kelley . At this time I am not aware of any restrictions in ND concerning RE.

Mar 24, 2020 07:28 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I saw a post from the chair of Colorado Assn of Realtors yesterday, but open houses are not allowed.   Of course, this could change.

"According to Denver Mayor Hancock, Realtors work in our communities is "essential" to the strength of our economy and we'll being. When a crisis upends life as we know it just know that we are there to keep the American dream alive and well."

Mar 24, 2020 07:22 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Right. Real Estate Sales is NOT an essential business!  Property mgmt, etc here where I am, they are keeping things clean and sanitized and water running, etc. Cuomo was pretty clear on this. For those who feel differently...think again!


It is pretty serious here in NY.  Most are taking it seriously now, but they weren't a week or two ago and still others are being irresponsible and putting lives in danger.

I'm sorry, but we live in a society where we all have an impact on each other.

The #'s are pretty staggering here...and I hope you guys don't face this like we are!  They were orinally predicting that ventilator prob (and bed problem) would reach a critical point by mid May.  Now, as of today, it sounds like Apr 6-13th.

You guys this is serious.

Stay inside. Seriously.  Stay inside.

Soon when normal things happen to people (e.g. car accident, heart attack, there won't be room or people to help them.

By all means do what you can from home.  Be creative with your marketing.

Most likely, our spring market will just occur in the summer which is not the end of world.There will be pent up demand then, and no one will be going away then, so it may be a double market.

Mar 24, 2020 09:44 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You cannot stop people from buying, selling or investing. You can influence how it is done however is my take. Take the purchase of land. It doesnt require people contact to transfer titles or money...

Mar 24, 2020 07:35 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I believe they are letting the states make that decision. Here in AZ real estate has been identified as essential.

Most agents are curtailing their showings and open houses. I personally have informed my clients that we will do extensive research prior to any showings. No more hopping in the car and driving around to 10 houses, just for curiosity.

Mar 24, 2020 07:34 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Real Estate sales are not an essential business during an emergency. I can understand Property management  being essential

Mar 24, 2020 10:15 AM
Gary Meek
NewVision Realty Group - Roseville, CA
(916) 995-9385

I really do not see Real estate sales asan essential business.  Management yes, because tenant could have issues. And I guess there could be a few families that are homeless, that need to find something to live in right now, but that is few and far between.  This crisis is not going to last forever another month or so maybe and then back to business as usual. That all being said, I believe now is the time to touch everyone in your database and see how they are holdingup. Build up relationships, reconnect and build your pipeline for when we come out of this thing.

Mar 24, 2020 08:16 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It is included in our state of Connecticut; have not seen the list of Federal businesses.

Mar 24, 2020 07:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's not an essential business here in CA either. But our state association contacted the Governor yesterday to request a change in status. No showings or open houses currently.

Mar 24, 2020 08:53 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Same in California.  Nevada's AoR fought to make Realtors essential.  Commercial agents are the commercial sector (I've had emails with the FBI about this earlier this year), residential agents aren't really thought of.  However the remainder of RE servies are in the financial sector, so that's logically where we should be.


Won't be any work for escrow, title, lenders, etc. if real estate agents are left in the cold.

Mar 24, 2020 08:44 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

VA made no mention of real estate specifically, and I have seen Broker Opens being adversised.

Mar 24, 2020 08:19 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ


Roy, did you not get your REAL ESTATE AGENT 1st responder kit?

Your broker is dropping the ball.

Hey, because restaurant seating is closed it does not have to mean restaurants are out of business. Same is true with real estate. One window is closed in a house with many windows.

Just be aware, it is your neighbor agent who will throw you under the bus.

Mar 24, 2020 07:36 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Michael Jacobs nailed it.

Mar 24, 2020 02:18 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

In our state of IL it is. There are a few states where it is not.

You're the lawyer, who is 1st the Feds or State? 

Mar 24, 2020 09:23 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

So many (too many) people choose to leave it "up to interpretation". 

There is no interpretation for people with a brain ... it is crystal clear! 

Mar 24, 2020 08:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Well no open houses but still showing homes, doubt that I will get a check from the government and if I do, bet I will have to pay it back.


Mar 24, 2020 08:14 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Cant shelter down without shelter

Each state makes their own regs

Alaska we are deemed essential 



Mar 25, 2020 01:32 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I don't believe it's there, Roy. Here is the reference from Homeland Security.

Mar 24, 2020 08:52 PM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Roy ~ What businesses are essential doesn't come from the Federal level, but from the Governor of each state and in Virginia he has deemed it essential.  I will say that there are people that need to buy/sell/rent/lease properties; I was showing a home rental to an Australian family that just arrived in the country for a 2 year stint in their Embassy.  Before he can get a drivers license or enroll his children in school (online for the rest of this academic year) he needs a permanent physical address.

For many that may not think real estate is essential, I am guessing that they have already secured their housing...

Mar 24, 2020 05:58 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Look to your state.  VA has deemed it essential.  And honestly, I can't understand why some states think it is not.  What's an employee relocating to another state for a job to do if they can't continue with the purchase of a home?  

Mar 24, 2020 04:03 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

In our state our state Realtors assn was quick to suggest that it was essential to the people and economy of the state, and the Governor listened.

Mar 24, 2020 03:48 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

No open house or viewing. All homes offers are submitted w/o viewing. The DOM will be higher but most homes have been sold this way before.

Mar 25, 2020 08:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Something to ponder, are residential sales really essential?

Mar 25, 2020 06:00 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

It is essential to avoid foreclosures and short sales.

Mar 25, 2020 12:52 PM