COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Order: What It Means For Charlotte Real Estate

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Real Estate Brokerage Not Considered Essential Service In Charlotte-Mecklenburg During Stay-At-Home Order

 

As I wrote yesterday, Mecklenburg County, which includes the municipalites of Charlotte, Pineville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson, issued a “Stay-at-Home” order beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 AM. This order will remain in effect for three weeks until April 16th, although it can be revised or repealed at any time.

 

NCRealtors® have provided the following information as to the impact of the "Stay-at-Home" order on Realtors® in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Namely:

 

  • Certain real estate-related businesses were designated as “essential services.” These include banks, lenders, appraisers, attorneys and title companies. The order does not include any explicit references to the many activities included in the closing process, including but not limited to home inspections, walk-through inspections, and in-person closings.  

  • Real estate brokerage was NOT included as an essential business or service in yesterdays "Stay-at-Home" order. 

  • The Governor’s executive order requires Registers of Deeds to continue operations, which means that closing activities can continue at the discretion of an Attorney’s office (whether in person or remotely).

  • Specific critical trades will be allowed to continue to work, including building and construction, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services and other service providers who provide services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and businesses. This should help property managers continue operations.

  • Beginning Thursday morning, March 26th, travel wil be restricted for all non-essential activities. This means that Realtors® may not conduct most business activities outside of their homes within Mecklenburg County. While this does not mean real estate brokerage must cease in totality, normal business activities including in-person home showings and open houses are prohibited and can be performed only remotely from home.

  • All North Carolina Real Estate Schools/Course Sponsors must cease/cancel all in-person classes until April 30th. The North Carolina Real Estate Commission has approved an extension of time to complete postlicensing and continuing education courses, as well as the 12-hour Broker-In-Charge course. For more details on licensing issues, click here.

 

Real estate related activities that can continue, under the current Mecklenburg County “Stay-at-Home” order:

  1. New construction building
  2. Home inspections 
  3. Home appraisals
  4. In-person closings
  5. Deed recordation

Meantime, as we all grapple with maintaining our safety during this pandemic, here's a video providing great information about how to ensure a greater level of food safety. It's really worth the time to watch. 

 

 

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Kathy Streib
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Hi Nina-= very good video. I began watching it and will finish it after this. I did a lot of this when I brought my groceries in last weekend. 

Mar 25, 2020 06:09 PM #9
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In California, San Francisco and 5 other bay area counties were the first to issue Shelter-in-Place mandate; a few days later the governor mandated it for the entire state. No in person real estate work is allowed. Rules change almost daily; impossible to say whether the mandate will become more restrictive, or might possibly allow 1-party showings of vacant properties. 

Mar 25, 2020 06:12 PM #10
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Morning Nina.

I haven't been to the office in almost two weeks.  Business is being done, but on a limited basis.

Mar 26, 2020 01:05 AM #11
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Nina Hollander
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James Dray good morning, James... our office is shut down except to deliver checks or transaction papers that can't be emailed. We have been prohibited from doing any business that can't be done from our homes.

Mar 26, 2020 04:46 AM #12
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Nina Hollander
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Lottie Kendall same here, Lottie... real estate agents cannot engage in any activity that can't be done from home. Hopefully, that rule might be adjusted, but for now, the next 21 days are virtual quarantine.

Mar 26, 2020 04:47 AM #13
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Nina Hollander
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Kathy Streib hi Kathy... I thought that was one of the best videos I saw on grocery shopping yet. Glad you liked it.

Mar 26, 2020 04:48 AM #14
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Nina, We are in the same situation, but ours started over the weekend on Sunday evening. No Shows by anyone!

Mar 26, 2020 05:39 AM #15
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Nina Hollander
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 hi Sheila and Larry... not quite that "exclusive" club we ever wanted to beling to I should think! Stay well.

Mar 26, 2020 05:54 AM #16
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It is always difficult to decide what is essential and what is not since not everyone will have the same opinion on what is and isn't.

Mar 26, 2020 07:01 AM #17
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Nina Hollander
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Brian England yes, that's true, Brina. But essentially we real estate brokers have been told by our county that what we do to serve our clients is not essential. I find it hard to deal with that. People's homes are usually their single largest investment... I personally would like to think that what we bring to the table in helping people buy or sell is more than a little essential in protecting their investment.

Mar 26, 2020 07:09 AM #18
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Hi Nina Hollander - I hope you are doing well.  I am glad you broke down the type of RE services that are exempt.  We are not on lockdown ...yet. I love the video you provided.  Thank you!!!

Mar 26, 2020 07:52 AM #19
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Roy Kelley
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This is good information to share.

All of us need to cope with the required changes.

Mar 26, 2020 08:13 AM #20
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Nina Hollander
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® hi Sheri... I'm doing fine and trust that you are, as well. I have a feeling more and more areas will go to more of a lockdown situation. One of our adjoining counties just did this morning... I'm sure others will follow. That was a great video, wasn't it. Really opened my eyes.

Mar 26, 2020 08:14 AM #21
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Nina Hollander
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Roy Kelley hi Roy... at the end of the day, that's all we can do is cope. Not too many other choices right now! :)

Mar 26, 2020 08:15 AM #22
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Nina I find it strange that Realtors would not be included.  How do they expect home sales to continue, if Realtors/Agents can not show homes.  Someone dropped the ball on that one.

Mar 26, 2020 11:26 AM #23
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Nina Hollander
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George Souto it's beyond comprehension for me, personally, George. Hopefully we'll see a change, but I'm not holding my breath.

Mar 26, 2020 11:28 AM #24
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Nina, we had a new order that went into place this morning, and LOTS of confusion on if real estate was critical, and just got an updated order, stating real estate is still essential.   I will not be showing or putting any new listings on, but getting those I current have pending to closing ONLY.

Mar 26, 2020 11:29 AM #25
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Nina Hollander
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Joan Cox hi Joan... we had to wait almost two days, but ultimately the word came down that in my county real estate services are not essential services. No in-person showings, no open houses, no leaving the house... only services we can provide are those that we can do from our home.

Mar 26, 2020 11:32 AM #26
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Hi Nina, This is certainly an eye opener for many of us in this industry. We have a similar order here in San Antonio that went into yesterday. Our essential services did include home inspections, appraisals, and showings as long as we maintained social distancing. Even our title companies are closed except for sending out notary service to close clients.

Mar 26, 2020 12:53 PM #27
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Jerry Newman hi Jerry... every area is a bit different it seems. I think my county is about as extreme as any I've seen thus far, although NY is in the same boat as us with no in-person showings. But people are dying in NY and in NC we've had only one death thus far.

Mar 26, 2020 01:01 PM #28
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