CAR Attorney: RE Agent Activities Not Essential Services

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Can real estate agents legally engage in face to face, in-person real estate activities, such as listing appointments, showing houses, hosting open houses and meeting inspectors at homes with California's current "shelter in place" order?

Dr Li Wenliang imageAs readers of my post,"Are Real Estate Agent Activities Essential Services?" know, I reached out to our California Association of REALTORS Legal Hotline to speak with an attorney for the answer and interpretation of the law under the state's mandatory "shelter in place" order. 

While many of us in real estate equate housing with shelter, it's important to know the California law does not.

"As I interpret it, the order says to 'shelter in place', meaning stay in whatever shelter you are currently in-not seek new housing or a different shelter unless you are homeless or in danger where you are," the CAR attorney said, "If a client tells you it's an emergency and need to you to help them sell or buy a house, you may have some legal standing to engage in real estate activities, but otherwise, the way it's written, I'd say no in person real estate activities."

The attorney confirmed that not in person activities, such as video house tours, regular and FaceTime phone calls, livestreaming events, holding Zoom conferences and webinars, online and telelphone marketing activities, and electronic signings should all continue to be legally acceptable actitivites under the current law.

This was not the answer I, or likely many of you, hoped to hear. However, we need to know and understand the truth so we can best help and advise our real estate customers and clients. 

Image of Dr. Li Wenliang, whistleblower of the COVID-19 virus in Wuhan, China, currently in public domain.

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Comments (2)

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

Thanks for posting this. So many ignorant agents continue to show property despite the risks to themselves and their community for doing so. These selfish people are just prolonging the problem. I want to get back to 100% too, but for now I work from home on my marketing and keep in touch with my clients for good PR and Customer Service.

Mar 23, 2020 06:30 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years


Yes it doesn't mean we can't work, just not work face to face!

Mar 24, 2020 03:21 PM

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