My Real Estate World is Red Waiting for Yellow

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Eastern inc. 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.  

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  1. Joseph Doohan 05/13/2020 02:21 AM
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Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Good morning Hannah Williams Fortunately real estate is considered an essential business here in AZ.  I am saddened by those who live in states where real estate is not considered essential.  Possibly consider using this time to expand your knowledge and revisit your marketing plan.

May 13, 2020 06:15 AM #26
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

The Governor has been embarrassed and will prosecute anyone he can catch with the full powers of PA law  ! There will be no hand slaps now . 

May 13, 2020 06:24 AM #27
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Hannah, I sure hope you have a different experience than we are locally.  Yes we are defined as "essential" but the "date" keeps on moving.  DC is May 15, know...Friday...but it's rather certain that likely today, the Mayor will push that to sometime in June.

So....can you and I do a zoom beer/wine June 7?  We can compare notes as to who's going back to live sooner. 

(update: DC is June 8th too now)

May 13, 2020 08:11 AM #28
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

How do you apply for government aid?  Your employer did not pay for unemployment insurance?

I thought one had to have Covid 19 hardwhip?

May 13, 2020 08:21 AM #29
Chad Felter
Virginia Beach, VA
Providing service through out Hampton Roads

Yeah and my life is "Blue" waiting on some "Green" !

May 13, 2020 08:35 AM #30
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

This is interesting to read as I haven't heard from any agents where real estate isn't considered 'essential'.  It's business as (somewhat) usual here in the KC area--but no open houses, no realtor tours, very strict showing times, xtra paperwork re: the virus.  Keep us posted on what happens!

May 13, 2020 08:51 AM #31
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Illinois considered RE and Home inspections essential from the beginning of the stay at home order. We've been working all along but practicing social distancing, gloves, masks, boot covers, requesting only one person from buyer side attend, no sellers allowed in the house. So far it's been well received. 

May 13, 2020 09:54 AM #32
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Although real estate in NJ is considered essential, most of what we do is virtual these days as the state is still in lockdown. Showings are for immediate family only and everyone must sign a COVID agreement saying they're not infected nor have they been around anyone infected. 

Stay well, Hannah. I have a feeling you're going to be very busy when this is over.

May 13, 2020 10:28 AM #37
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
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 #38
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

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 #39
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

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 #40
Jan Green
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 #43
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - 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 #44
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 #49
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

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 #50
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 #53
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

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 #54
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 #55
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

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 #58
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 #59
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