Illinois recognizes that Real Estate Services are Essential

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

Governor Pritzker has stated that Real Estate Services in Illinois are considered essential services, and therefore exempt from the stay at home order.

We Realtors are not surprised.  We know how essential our services are to our buyers and sellers.  We still need to practice safety and care with our showings.  But it's nice to see our industry recognized.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have been out showing property and taking listings since this isolation business started.  Caution is key.  At the showing, I was with my older buyer.  I told her to not touch anything.  I had the lights on in the home and door unlocked when she arrived.

For the listing I took in person, I made sure the sellers used their own pens to sign and we kept a good distance from each other.  

This afternoon, I think buyers in my area may have reached the peak of their tolerance for staying away from the house hunt.  I got two incoming leads with folks wanting to see property. 

Who knows where we go from here.  One day at a time.

Mar 22, 2020 03:02 PM #1
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Ohio just announced Shelter in Place effective Monday at midnight.  Word has it that real estate is also included in the "essential businesses" category. 

Mar 22, 2020 03:36 PM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

If only in Wasington State...

I hope you had a happy Sunday Alan May 

Mar 22, 2020 07:51 PM #3
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

I am a bit surprised the "essential" designation is differing by state. We will see what the next week brings.

Mar 23, 2020 02:42 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. Individual common sense and care is essential in these difficult times. Enjoy your day!

Mar 23, 2020 04:24 AM #5
Wayne Posey, Broker on Florida's Space Coast
Posey & Co., REALTORS - Rockledge, FL
"Nobody knows the Space Coast like a Native"


Glad to hear your Governor considers you an essential.

I dont think most of the population realizes how much the real estate industry drives the economy.

Here's to your Happy (and Healthy) Selling.

PS It's a sunny and mild 82º here on Florida's Space Coast



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