A COVID-19 Update from President Jennifer Stevenson
Hello, I’m Jennifer Stevenson. You’re 2020 President of the New York State Association of REALTORS®. These are challenging times for our families and for our businesses. But we have had tough times before and rebounded. And I know that we will again. New York State has issued a mandate that all non-essential businesses must suspend operations until further notice. The state has issued a list of non-essential businesses and unfortunately, real estate brokerage is an industry that must close under this government order. What this means for REALTORS® is that after this Sunday, March 22nd, your normal business practices can no longer take place. This means you cannot go into your brokerage office, but you can work from home. Real estate agents and brokers are prohibited from holding open houses, showing available properties or making in-person listing presentations. We are working with affiliated industries and New York State to understand what this means to closings scheduled for after Sunday, March 22nd. It is our belief that closings can take place, but our recommendation is that you do not attend the closing unless it is essential to its completion. Attending the closing merely to pick up a commission check is not essential and arrangements should be made for the check to be sent to the brokerage. As I said, the impact on real estate closings is still not confirmed by New York State. NYSAR continues to work with New York State to get clarification. Please be assured that your association, along with other real estate affiliated partners, are advocating on our member’s behalf to be considered an essential service. Your leadership team is working round the clock along with our fantastic staff at NYSAR on your behalf throughout this crisis and we will provide timely updates through e-mails and videos. So please check often. NYSAR will be putting all updates on the coronavirus resource page at NYSAR.com. Just click “Corona Resources for REALTORS®” to view the page. Please follow all government-mandated orders and directives. Above all, please be well and take care.