New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered an Executive Order as of 8PM March 22 that restricts real estate licensees from working outside of their homes.

As you know, New York State is the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis. There were currently, as of 9:42 pm, ET on March 22, 15,168 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in New York State, or roughly 5% of coronavirus cases worldwide. More than 80 deaths have resulted from this disease in New York State.

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The reality of this devastation has prompted the New York State Association of REALTORS to underline these restrictions for real estate licensees and brokers until further notice:

  • NO Open Houses
  • NO Showings of Houses Listed for Sale or Rent
  • NO In-Person Listing Presentations
  • NO Cold Calling from remote home offices when a state of emergency is in effect such as it is now.
  • NO unsolicited telephone calls from remote home offices to consumers in this State of Emergency until AT LEAST September 7, 2020

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order is unclear about business activities related to real estate closings scheduled for March 23. The NYSAR is seeking guidance from industry partners and state officials about closings scheduled for March 23 and will send out updates just as soon as clear information becomes available.

If closings are essential, the NYSAR advises licensees to NOT attend closings unless their physical presence is vital to the successful completion of the transaction.

(One activity that requires clarity is whether or not licensees may participate in final walk throughs and/or whether or not final walk throughs are even allowed. Again, licensees will be updated when information becomes available.)

The NYSAR thanks all of its members for complying with these restrictions. Please know that the NYSAR is working with your local boards on all real estate business matters and has additionally scheduled regular weekly updates and information exchanges with your local boards.

NYSAR is open for business albeit everyone is working remotely. The NYSAR legal hotline remains fully operational, as is its technology hotline.

Again, the NYSAR thanks real estate licensees and brokers for their compliance with and respect for these business restrictions.

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