Many states, many cities are instituting shut-downs. Chicago public schools just shut down through April 20th... that's a full month away. They've also issued a "shelter in place" strong suggestion, and the mayor is considering adding some sort of consequences for those who don't follow the suggestion.
As Realtors... how do we manage that? We have sellers who have to sell... we have buyers who want/need to buy. There's only so much we can do with FaceTime showings... will people actually buy after viewing the online photos and experiencing your FaceTime-ing?
Will we have to go back to the property and take specific photos? (ie: I want to see a photo of the laundry.. inside the garage.. the basement...)?
As Realtors... we spend a lot of time around people. while we sell property, it is a people business. And yet, we tend to travel to and from in our "social distancing" cars (I don't know many agents who still put folks in their cars)... There are very few people still doing open houses and broker's tours. I think we're "capable" of surviving this crisis. And as usual with crises, it will shake a whole bunch of folks out of the tree.
Gloves, masks and hand sanitizer have become de rigeur in this biz, in a rather short period of time. We get creative and do whatever is necessary.
I'm not ready to call time-of-death... we're resilient. Let's reconvene in a few months and see how we did... mmmmkay?