US Government Stay At Home Orders and Essential Real Estate Services COVID-19

See the new summary report on how US local governments are working to update and clarity the guidelines on essential services including real estate to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

Three months from when the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in the US and cases have yet to stop. As of April 22, 2020, Centers of Disease Control (CDC) reports a total of 828,441 cases, 46,379 deaths in all 55 state jurisdictions including District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Marian Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The real estate industry is issuing new reports day by day in response to the stay at home and essential services orders related to COVID-19.


The governors of each state has amended numerous Stay At Home Orders to minimize and reduce the risk of the virus transmission. Buyer Agent Search has compiled the orders for real estate consumers who need clarity about essential real estate services. Read the full article here: https://buyeragentsearch.com/essential-services-lockdowns-and-real-estate/


While most of the states have issued their own guidelines, most, except currently the state of Georgia, have adopted the guideline set by the US Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency on the Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response. According to the memorandum, as of March 28, 2020, essential services generally do include residential and commercial real estate services, including settlement services.


In Colorado, the Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Real Estate announced, “Essential services include real estate appraisals and closings services that are needed to complete real estate transactions. Further, home inspections and final walkthroughs after a buyer has signed a purchase contract and is, therefore, a condition precedent to the actual transfer of property is also considered to be an essential part of the real estate transaction. Also, elements that are fundamental to the real estate transaction are deemed essential to support market activity. However, showing a property or conducting an open house in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic shall be avoided as it violates the specific mandates of recently issued executive and public health orders.”


All real estate consumers are required to follow strict guidelines set by their local government and the CDC which can be summarized as follows: 1.) Observe proper social distancing, 2.) Exercise enhanced sanitation/ disinfection 4.) Wear protective gears such as face masks 4.) No open houses and 5.) Telecommute when possible to attend to clients’ real estate needs.


Skyfor Inc’s Buyer Agent Search has given real estate buyers and sellers assistance for more than 20 years. Initial home buyer guidance is provided through this service. The service suggests top buyer agents and explains the home-buying process. All agents in the network are capable of giving their clients a list of reliable local lenders.


The service routinely follows up with consumers to make sure the agents are doing an excellent job for them. The service provides home buying or selling tips on its website, and instant access to a list of buyer agents at https://buyeragentsearch.com/find-a-buyers-agent/ or the association pages for each state. This free list of agents is available 7 days/week, and live staff are available to discuss specific preferences.


Skyfor also manages the non-profit association for buyers in Colorado, https://homebuyerscolorado.org. A new page on that site gives current guidelines for mortgages in Colorado for 2020. The inquiry form encourages visitors to specify their initial contact preferences of text, email or phone, and whether they are seeking mortgage assistance.

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