Are Real Estate Agent Activities Essential Services?

Reblogger Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476

We are part of the big three immediate basic needs: Food, Shelter & Clothing. However, in California (and anywhere else in the USA a state's mandatory "shelter in place" order exists). it's important to know the California law does not, so likely your state doesn't either. Mitigate COVID-19 now for the 2.5 weeks we were ordered to and help us return to health and work sooner, otherwise we're looking at longer shelter in place downtimes. Please read her follow up post too: 

CAR Attorney: RE Agent Activities Not Essential Services

Original content by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900 DRE# 00901962 Lic.1985

Does anyone know if real estate agent activities representing sellers and buyers are considered "essential services" legally in view of the COVID-19 social distancing and "shelter in place" orders?

FYI, I sent this question in to our trusted California Association of REALTORS Legal Hotline just a few minutes ago, and will share the answer I receive from the attorneys.

Whether it's showing houses to buyers, holding open houses, meeting with current and potential sellers, buyers, investors and landlords, as well as vendors such as pest control, roof and home inspectors, it would be helpful to know we are acting in compliance with the law. 

Housing and shelter are definitely important needs. How can anyone "shelter in place" if they currently have no shelter? We know selling a house and buying a home are stressful activities already. Now complicating the government mandating no social gatherings to slow this pandemic, we see the closing of our broker's office except for absolutely essential in-person meetings and the temporary closing of our Santa Clara County Recorders Office.

All accurate and credible information from knowledgeable sources welcome.

Thanks for reading "Are Real Estate Agent Activities Essential Services?"

UPDATES since 3/17/20

The Local MLSListings suspended the accrual of all DOM (Days On Market) Through April 7, the current expiration date of Silicon Valley's "Shelter in Place" order. It also cancelled all scheduled and future agent tyours and open houses.

Local MLSListings Cancels Open Houses, Agent Tours

Read what CAR attorney's interpretation of California's "shelter in place" order here at

CAR Attorney: RE Agent Activities Not Essential Services

Please go to for breaking news updates affecting REALTORS, including mandate for agents to cease engaging in face-to-face meetings, and the appeal to Congress for forgiveable SBA loans to REALTORS to help tide agents over during the "shelter in place" mandate.

Readers have alerted me that unlike California, some states, such as Illinois have determined that real estate agent acitivites are "essential services"; I'm curious to know how other states are handling this. 




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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Interesting repost, different situations in different states right now. Our offices are closed, but working to make sure that sales in process keep moving forward.

Mar 23, 2020 06:42 AM #1
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Great reblog and interesting of course.  I know so many things are close but I show homes on Saturday and from 10 to 1030 at one house there were 7 agents with clients in.  We try to keep are distance.


Mar 23, 2020 08:07 AM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It was essential yesterday for me at my FSBO closing...

Happy Tuesday Morning Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets 

Thanks for the RE-blog...

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