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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Montana issued an order yesterday about staying at home. Real estate agents here are considered essential. My own feeling is that, unless there is an urgent need by a seller or buyer to sell NOW, we shouldn't be out there at the moment meeting with people. 

Mar 27, 2020 05:13 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

For anyone with a brain, it should be pretty clear that virtually all real estate is NON-ESSENTIAL regardless of what your state or MLS says. Property Management is.

IMO opinion, only people that are homeless or in a similar state of not having stable/safe living conditions would qualify for it to be essential. You should be able to use your judgment there.  And, figure out ways to do this from home (as people here are doing).

That is how people are treating it like that here in NY.  Even today, they closed another loophole because construction was classified as "Essential." Most contractors, after seeing what's going on, closed/stopped their businesses, but some in luxury building construction did not. Now, that is  deemed NON-ESSENTIAL.

We in NY reacted too slow.  Those that have not been hit yet like we have should take heed.  California was smarter than NY.

Just wait and see how things look here in 3 weeks.  It will probably be similar to Italy.  And, most likely, most of rest of country is just 3-5 weeks behind, pending on where you live, behind us....unless you take this seriously and take action.

Stay at home.  Do business from home.  If you care about your neighbors and your family, stay at home.

Mar 27, 2020 07:37 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

In MA our Governor has declared we are not essential but we think he isn't

Mar 27, 2020 08:28 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

We are ALL essential to do our part to support the efforts to keep the population safe from this horrible virus, aren't we? 

Mar 27, 2020 05:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

The Governor has spoken.  I wonder who is truly listening.  

Mar 27, 2020 05:23 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Yes, I am Very Essential!

And I suspect that you may more essential than you think Paul.

Mar 27, 2020 01:47 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Dont' care what the MLS says, our governor says & that's who counts.

Mar 27, 2020 07:23 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Paul, the only thing I have learned through this is that our MLS Board is ESSENTIAL as they are sticking to their deadline collecting their MLS fees due on March 31st.   

(No extensions like our federal and state government of taxes and quarterly payments due till summer.)         ^_~

Mar 27, 2020 06:42 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

You are essential to us, your friends, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 

Mar 27, 2020 05:32 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As ours has no gumption, NO!

But the Governor sure made his feelings known about it.

Mar 27, 2020 05:19 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Our Governor sets those rules around Denver, and we are essential.  HOWEVER, it is NOT business as usual.  I have transactions that are basically finished, just awaiting closing.  Unless it is an emergency, I won't be working with a buyer or seller until the stay at home order has been lifted.

Mar 27, 2020 07:42 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Oh yes... we got that word sent down on Tuesday of this week... not essential.

Mar 27, 2020 06:19 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

We have not got anything here in NH. The good thing is tow of teh banks i list, manage and sell their REO homes did send me "essential" letters to keep on working REO. The good part, i do not have to interact with any people. 

Mar 27, 2020 04:56 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Rental management because folks have to live somewhere virus or not. The owner of the small corner store that people depend on that we have for sale. Keeping it open and going is essential. Like finding a buyer. The money a seller gets from the land listing sale you and I get to the closing spends that profit in our local economy. Keeps people working even if behind the scenes. How we do the list and sell without getting or spreading virus is vital. Personally, keeping others employed is a big part of supporting our local economy. Like Bob Crane , I think you are essential Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS .

Mar 27, 2020 03:12 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

It is not up to my MLS to explain if we are essential in the real estate business. The Governor decides that. 

Mar 27, 2020 09:47 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

Our Board SDAR, our state CAR and NAR are all working on it for CA & USA.

Not yet though.

Mar 27, 2020 07:48 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There is a classic "Twilight Zone" where they accuse each other of being obsolete. Are we now there? Rod Serling was indeed ahead of his time

Mar 27, 2020 06:55 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

In CT we are "essential".

Mar 27, 2020 06:37 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It was explained WE ARE ESSENTIAL then all Open House functions on MLS was disabled. I suspect they are about to pull the plug on ShowTime.  How are we supposed to conduct our essential services?  

Like all things real estate, someone will tell us what we want to hear.

Unless there is extreme circumstances. agents should be role models and not engage in defiant activity.

Mar 27, 2020 06:23 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

This is our 8th day of being non 

Mar 27, 2020 06:15 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No, but NVAR has. Proceed with caution.

Mar 27, 2020 05:01 AM
Peter Mohylsky. The Santa Rosa Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Not yet to the best of my knowledge,  the Mls office has long closed.  Go figure 

Mar 27, 2020 04:13 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's quite humling, isn't it, Paul?! 

According to our County Manager, I'm not either...

Mar 27, 2020 10:22 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Non-essential in Maryland.

Mar 27, 2020 10:05 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The state did a week or so ago and is allegedly fighting to make us essential.

Mar 27, 2020 09:48 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Our Governor declared me non-essential last Friday.  I beg to differ...  ;)

I'm happy to share though that closings ARE happening.  Pending business is finding work-arounds & new business will wait.    

Mar 27, 2020 05:28 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I always thought I was essential but finding out I am Non-Essential.  I was able to ratify a contract today without leaving my house.

Mar 27, 2020 09:03 PM
Jerrill Ewing
N & J Lake Properties, LLC - Eatonton, GA

not up the mls to make that determination.

Mar 27, 2020 03:57 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

MLS doesn't make than calling in AZ.  Only the Govenor.

Mar 27, 2020 12:01 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS what does your gut say?  That is what I follow, we would not need the MLS or the Governor for that matter.  Lucky for us, we can still work on projects via the phone...A

Mar 27, 2020 09:30 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

California states that real estate is not included as an essential service. They might find this to be a mistake if there is an uptick in foreclosures towards the end of the year.  The California Association of Realtors is fighting for us to get this changed.

Mar 28, 2020 03:54 PM