My Real Estate World is Red Waiting for Yellow

Real Estate Agent with HomeStarr Realty RS143922A

Real Estate world is Red I am waiting for it to turn Yellow. Pennsylvania is one of the only states Real Estate is not considered essential. The Real Estate Industry closed down March 18, 2020, We as agents have been allowed to apply for unemployment. What a shock it was. Applying for unemployment is a first as we are considered independent contractors and have never been able to do this before but never in the history of this country have we been hit with a pandemic of this size.  For safety and health issues we are under quarantine.   

The Governor has just open part of the state. He is doing this in sections to see how it works. He is hoping that the COVID19 does not spread. The last news we received was that Philadelphia Real Estate our section of the state would open up possibly around June 8, 2020. It is very frustrating for many of us as we have clients calling asking when and why they cannot buy or sell Real Estate. I do have clients telling me there are people showing houses and I tell them well not me it is against the law and you will be breaking the law also. Hold tight I tell them. It will be just a few more weeks you waited all this time it is best to wait when RE opens They tell me they trust my judgment. These are the clients I want to work with. In times like this, we must choose who your clients are. I am very grateful for such wonderful loyal clients.

June 8, 2020, does not seem so far away although some days I am not sure what day it is. I am looking forward to Pennsylvania Real Estate opening it's doors once again although we will be very cautious about how we do business. It will certainly be a new world. Perhaps a better more caring world.



My world is red I am waiting for it to turn yellow.  

What Color is Your World?


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Hannah Williams is known throughout Philadelphia as HelpfulHannah – and if you’ve spent more than five minutes with her, you know exactly why. She’s an expert at anticipating people’s needs, she has a real feel for real estate, and she’s an accomplished problem-solver.

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Comments (62)

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Sorry to hear Hannah that PA made that decision. That must have been tough to deal with. It seems logical that real estate is essential to the PA economy and to the well being of all the people. AZ thankfully made a smarter and workable decison for RE to remain essential.  I hope your state opens up sooner than June but if not, June 8th at the very latest.  Good luck and keep the faith. Things will get better.

May 13, 2020 10:34 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!  I am not so sure it is the wrong decision time will tell. It is frustrating and to be honest some days I am not sure what day it is. I am thankful I have loyal clients that do not want to break the law. They are waiting until we change from Red to Yellow. I do feel sorry for agents that feel the rules do not apply to them. Nothing at all may happen to them now but who knows what the future holds. I can rest assured I did what I felt was the right thing. Stay well   

May 13, 2020 12:15 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

That's the important thing Hannah - do what feels right to you. I'm so glad your clients trust your expertise and are waiting until you can once again get back to work. Hang in there!

May 13, 2020 02:39 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

PAR President Bill Festa: "Our members and the association hear heart-breaking stories from consumers because of their housing uncertainty and financial hardships... It’s outrageous that a majority of Pennsylvanians continue to be restricted from purchasing a home where they want to live...the state has issued stricter requirements for buyers, sellers and real estate professionals.... the state has given multiple inconsistent guidelines for the real estate industry that offer conflicting mandates, while other industries like construction and automobile sales, have been given detailed and coherent rules that are able to be followed. The state has also limited real estate activities to only two people at a time in a property, while allowing contractors performing repairs or renovations in an occupied home can have four workers at the property, plus the residents."

May 13, 2020 01:19 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker

PA is the only state failing to classify RE as essential.

May 13, 2020 01:19 PM
Hannah Williams

Kris Collis, Associate Broker  It has been frustrating for so many of us. The vote is taking place today in the Senate it has passed in the House of Representatives. Thank you for input we in Pennsylvania feel your pain -Stay safe and stay well 

May 14, 2020 08:58 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That is crazy!  I hadn't heard that your area was non-essential.  I feel badly for you guys.  Hope 6/8 comes quickly for you!

May 13, 2020 02:41 PM
Hannah Williams

Jan Green  We are hanging in there the best we can. It is a matter of Health even though Walmart and Target has been open through the entire Pandemic -I truly have mixed feelings - I have my food delivered -Thanks for your well wishes 

May 14, 2020 09:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hannah:

So nice to see you yesterday on the Zoom call, and to see you back on AR!

I'm so sorry things are as they are, and hopefully will ease up a bit if it makes sense to do so and you will soon be Yellow. It's a shame some are ignoring the current restrictions. Keep us posted!

Be safe and be well!


May 13, 2020 03:53 PM
Hannah Williams

Jeff Dowler, CRS I think the Zoom sessions are fantastic, and was great to see you also.  I was just informed I may do continued education classes on Zoom *yeah*  

It takes me longer to post than to write but I am determined - As Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 says we are the Real Estate journalists and must get the words out there 

Stay well Stay safe 

May 14, 2020 09:25 AM
Sharon Miller
RE/MAX Platinum - Crane Hill, AL

I feel for those in our profession who've had their "inalienable right" to  practice the art of real estate truncated by "self-appointed" managers of public health. If there's a occupation where a person spends less of their time in close proximity with others, I am at a loss! Maybe the night security guard stationed at a funeral home might qualify.
Each geographic area of the country is different, as such, common sense would tell us that what is doable in one instance, may not pass muster with a different set of circumstances.
Fortunately, I practice real estate in an area where the population density is very low. As a consequence, not much has changed here from "pre-pandemic" days. Yes, we wear masks and gloves and use hand sanitizer before/after leaving the local merchant's facilities in town, but almost every other part of our daily considered "normal routine". I am showing as much property (waterfront properties) today as during any busy cycle. As a matter of fact, those whose business requires them to work from home, or their business is under quarantine, (closed) seem to have additional time to look at lake property. I have compassion for anyone who has had their livelihood more or less truncated by government "bean-counters" who can't recognize there are many factors which should be considered before making a "blanket effort" to stiffle everyone's ability to exist.
Let's hope those area's where commerce is permitted to regain its "muscle", will "dictate" a sense of urgency for those officials, who lag behind...... it's time to "get with the program" and begin a coordinated effort to resume a sense of normalcy. 
Stay the course and get to the head of the pack......for as more area's of our country exhibit a return to "business as usual", the laggards will be forced to follow in lock-step! 
"Winning isn't everything.....but it beats anything that comes in second"!
                          Coach Paul W. "Bear" Bryant

May 14, 2020 08:21 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Sharon Miller  How kind of you I appreciate your support. You are right winning is not everything. Stay well and Stay safe 


May 14, 2020 09:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OMG, I think about you every day, Hannah - when I leave my house, I think of you. When I walk through a house, I think of you...I cannot IMAGINE!

At first, I didn't mind - I needed some down time and I got a LOT done. Now, although I'm not going out that much, I'm at least getting out a couple of times a week and am SO thankful for not being cooped up in my house! You are amazing to still be SANE through all of this!!

May 14, 2020 11:11 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Debe Maxwell, CRS You are so sweet and I hear your voice as I read this comment. Today in fact in a few minutes I have a Zoom meeting with the Surburban Realtor Alliance they have guest speakers who will address the House of Representatives who will try to force the Governor's hand to make Real Estate essential. I am not sure I am sane as some days I really am not sure what day it is --oops time to go 

May 15, 2020 10:54 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I am working on my continuing education so I can renew my license. I am also working on 2 listings that i should have ready early next week. As for our Governor; (just look at the science and data; which he never produces.) he has made himself unelectable come November. 

I am at peace because I have a plan...

Have a wonderful weekend Hannah Williams 

May 15, 2020 03:02 PM
Hannah Williams

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS  came home from an eye doctor appointment and my phone rang as I walked in the door - My city is still in the RED but the Governor made Real Estate Essential  with strict guidelines 

May 21, 2020 05:30 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Hannah Williams ,

So sorry your state does not classify real estate as essential. There are so many ways to conduct your real estate business with Zoom meetings, face-time, electronic signatures, mobile notary closings, showing homes virtually..the list goes on. We are fortunate to continue to conduct our business but it is done differently than we did before and its working. You'll be up and running soon so you will be back in the swing of things.

May 16, 2020 07:11 AM
Hannah Williams

We could do virtual Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR  but to be honest I would not advise my clients to buy a house without seeing it. Call me old fashioned if you will. The Governor has lifted the restriction and now we can show houses 2 people and one agent with masks must sign forms - it is a new world indeed 

May 21, 2020 05:35 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Hannah Williams - it is frustrating when other states are opening.  I hope you get back soon.

May 27, 2020 10:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We are still staying at home in the social distancing mode.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Jun 02, 2020 06:10 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

We are now in Phase 2 out of 4 phases in my County but some of the bigger Counties have asked to be allowed to go to phase 1.5. It is a bunch of political mumbo jumbo if you ask me...

Happy Thursday Hannah Williams 

Jun 04, 2020 02:06 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, hoping you are back to work full speed ahead?   We  opened back up 5/8 but with many restrictions to adhere to just to show or list homes.

Jun 05, 2020 06:29 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hannah Williams  our ignorant Governor did not think Real Estate was essential until he realized that the bulk of the Taxes come from Real Estate .... it took him about two or three weeks to change his tune.... sadly it is not about taking care of the well being of the people it is about Politics, Power and Greed.... hope your Governor wakes up soon, Endre

Jun 26, 2020 10:37 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hannah Williams - I haven't had a single sale in eight months. 

Jun 29, 2020 10:25 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Just checking in hope you are well and staying healthy... yes these governors need to be removed if you asked me... we have a bad one too, Endre

Jul 16, 2020 11:59 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hannah, hope you are yellow by now!  We were deemed essential from the onset of the pandemic, but what we could do was pretty curtailed.  No Open Houses were allowed until early July, and when showing, there could be no more than three people in the house at any  time.  And while it was a pain, our Covid numbers have been pretty low.  Ironically, our local hot spots have been the Senate and the White House.

Sep 06, 2020 12:23 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Patricia Kennedy  We are green and now working with restrictions of masks and COVID19 forms. Some agents are doing open houses but I do not think it is wise. We went green on June 4th and the market is as hot as the weather. Great time to sell your house. When I receive a call from a buyer who says they are only looking I am very polite but seriously let them know not in this climate. Stay well  

Sep 07, 2020 03:48 PM