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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Our county order supersedes the governor's order on that - whichever order is the strictest rules. Mecklenburg County (my county) says that we are not essential. 

I don't have a problem with it because I feel like if we all spend 2-3 weeks away from one another, we can get back to normal a lot faster!

Mar 27, 2020 09:34 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Realtors in California are not considered to be "exempt" from the order to stay at home.

No open houses, no showing, homes, my office is closed, I am not supposed to meet with clients or prospective clients in person.

Mar 28, 2020 07:16 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

Shelter In Place include CA REALTORS, we are not exempt. CAR & SDAR are fighting that decision, until then, we are working virtually and from home.

Since NAR is fighting this decision too, I'm baffled how some states are claiming REALTORS are essential and others are not. We're in the shelter business, I'd say that makes us collectively in the top 3 essentials (food, shelter, clothing) along with medical related.

Mar 28, 2020 06:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Shelter in place here in Illinois is a coupe of weeks old. And some are just getting the message!

Mar 28, 2020 04:55 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We have been totally shut down for 9 days

Mar 28, 2020 03:37 AM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Yes, I live in California and stay at home took place last Thursday the 19th. Our office is open to our agents but closed to the public. I self-quaranteed a week before that and I only go to the office when I need to.

Mar 28, 2020 12:35 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, of course we are shut down here in NY and have been for a while. (but it should have been done sooner - maybe a week or so).  We shut down maybe 2 days after California, but should have done before as it hit here before California.

Real estate is non essential, but property management is essential. Construction was essential...b/c orignally it was a broad classification meant to including building hospitals, making sure people have water, electricity, etc. But, unfortunately, some other construction continued, but that loophole was closed and shutdown in full yesterday.

Mar 28, 2020 05:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Are you planning to move to California?  

Mar 28, 2020 04:58 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Yes, the declaration was made last week, Real Estate Sales, Property Mgmt, and Forestry are all considered essentials.

I go to the office every day, just me and one of my admins working in an empty bldg, lot of zoom meetings and phone calls but no meetings with the public other than a few job interviews after we have already met with the candidate via zoom.

Mar 27, 2020 10:00 PM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

The Governor of Florida has not issued a stay-home order, but the Mayor of the county I'm in has.

Real estate offices and agents are considered essential.  We were not included in the original order, but our association lobbied the mayor and we were included in an amended order that came out the next day.

Mar 28, 2020 07:39 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Ghost town speaks quite a bit about it all....

Mar 28, 2020 06:55 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Stay in place.  With everything except the liquor store closed, 'where would one go?"

Stay in place still allows outdoor exercise and walking the dog.

I can only imagine the exchange if an agent were to call and say, "I have a buyer and I want to show your home."  

However this is and exceptional time for small business owner to collaborate and get a running start when the light turns green. We do know if they say "I've got to call you back, I've got a customer," they really don't want to talk.

Anyone collaborating or are we all pedantic on staying in our lane?


Mar 28, 2020 05:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, different words, but Montana is doing the same. 

Mar 28, 2020 05:30 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

As of midnight last night. First we wer eon the closed list but a rise up from the troops were heard loud and clear. Now i just need seller willing to sell. 

Mar 28, 2020 05:06 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

People jsut need to use common sense and take basic precautions.

Mar 28, 2020 04:59 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Our offices are closed but it's all virtual office now.

Mar 28, 2020 10:03 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

California has had one of these for a couple weeks now and realtors are the only part of the real estate chain that's NOT exempt.  We can still do stuff from home, but the order from our state association (an actual order, not guidance) is nothing in person.  No inspections, no agent visual inspections, no final walkthroughs, etc.  Closings and contract signings can still happen of course, but no showing property, no open houses, no leaving your house.

Mar 28, 2020 08:51 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

yep, been a few weeks now.

Mar 28, 2020 06:51 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Why risk your health?  The cost of recovering  would outweigh the  $$$ you may make. 

Mar 28, 2020 11:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Not yet for Realtors and I doubt it will ever come down to me as a Notary Public Ginger Harper 

Mar 28, 2020 12:31 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

On March 20, per the California Association of Realtors, we Realtors have to comply with the sheltering in place order by our California governor. That means no face to face contact with clients, no open house, no brokers open, etc. And, no, we are not essential unless we are property managers.

Mar 28, 2020 11:51 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Our realtor board is closed ordered to be shut down for awhile. 20 died, 574 infected  locally in my county.  

Well, the focus switched to Southern CA. The hospital ship is outside Long Beach, CA. LA Co. picked up more sick people just the last week or so. 1,465 infected, 26 died. By early April the numbers will be tripled to say the least. Our governor panicked went bananas.  

I did not see our lawmakers taking any precautionary steps from TV. Most are close to age 80. If one contracts it I guess we will not have laws.

The last major US epidemic was Kweichow(Guizhou) flu.  Over 100,000 US residents died. Eisenhower did not intervene. It was business as usual. Schools were not shut down. 

Mar 28, 2020 08:07 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


Mar 28, 2020 08:07 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Some states have made explicit declarations regarding various industries, including real estate. Different states came to different conclusions as to whether real estate is essential or not.

Mar 28, 2020 07:48 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK
We are essential in Alaska Ours just happened along with a travel ban within the state


Interesting the Federal Government now says we are essential

Real Estate Now Listed as an Essential Service- March 28, 2020 Federal List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) updated its list of essential services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and expressly included residential real estate. 


Mar 29, 2020 01:48 AM
Zuzana Balzerova
American Legend Homes - Berthoud, CO

The same is happening in Colorado and real estate sales associates and construction professionals in the new home build industry are exempt. We are however operating by appointment only and our hours have been reduced.

Mar 28, 2020 08:00 PM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Ginger ~ The Governor of Virginia has deemed real estate to be essential, so we can continue to practice as long as we do as much online as possible and follow CDC recommended procedures for in person situations.

Mar 28, 2020 02:05 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Heck yes - a long time ago.  I am on day 16 - and I am NOT conducting showings or other business that violates that order. I have a brain and I know how to use it! 

Mar 28, 2020 01:23 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

no they have banned gatherings of more than 10 and asked for social distancing and closed restaurants except for take out


Mar 29, 2020 03:10 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The residential sales business is not an essential business in Maryland. 

Stay at home for your personal good health and survival.

Mar 29, 2020 10:00 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

We are nearing the end of our original decree here in California and Real Estate has been determined to not be an essential activity at this time.  The order has now been extended to April 19th. in Los Angeles County where we reside.

Mar 28, 2020 03:43 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ginger... Debe Maxwell, CRS stole my answer. Not all counties in NC have declared us essential businesses.

Mar 28, 2020 01:23 PM