The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence , except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.
I don’t want to affect others, but that is not a risk if I go to vacant houses and provide written reports with phone consultations to the buyer/agent. So if this is still allowed, I will keep doing inspections.
The reasons this is not clear:
1 - One of the exceptions listed in the order is “commercial facilities sector” which includes real estate
2 - The activities allowed per the website are not specifically allowed in the actual signed order.
3 - In the interview the Gov gave he stated that there were exceptions like the county orders. Real estate insepctions was specifically listed in some of the county orders.
Real Estate in that exception would mean commercial facilities as described., But since housing construction is allowed, someone has to inspect it and that would be no different than an existing house.
So in re-reading that, I guess there is nothing there to prevent it. For now.
Here, everything is shut down, except take outs at restaurants and lumber yards. So people are still building.
The key is that 6’
Construction being allowed seems clear at State and County levels, like Joe B said… is what we do really essential? I guess a person or business could tweak that how they wanted, but at end of day the intent is to significantly limit contact directly or other.
If I stay plugging away, I’d think no people besides those essential, such as for access are to be present.
We sent out notices to all the buyers and agents of scheduled inspections and everyone I have heard back from want to move forward as soon as we are allowed.
I talked to the California Dept of Real Estate, they said that they have not received clear guidance on this but will update their website. There is a ton of info but when it comes to business practices is simply says: “coming soon”.
Here is the direct link:
I was told this by a broker today: “Our office was on the statewide conference call with CAR leaders. They said that showing property is not essential. No showings. No open houses. Work files and close escrows. Sellers are to do virtual tours and post The home online”
Local franchise broker just sent out email to employees and agents stating exactly that regarding the call with CAR saying real estate is not an essential service. No showings, no open houses, no inspections, work from home only with no physical contact or exchange. If you’re doing inspections on new construction that would be different. I would still be cautious and keep distance when dealing with people.
Aside from the legal aspects, the issue isn’t limited to inspectors coming into contact during inspections with people who are contagious. It includes entering homes in which people who are contagious have contaminated surfaces that inspectors will touch, and inspectors who are contagious but not symptomatic spreading the virus through the homes they inspect.
I do not agree with what CAR has written. Not a non essential industry. Will see how many Realtors feel the same as the days go on. Tricky wording in the CAR statement (no face to face, yet you can do other “activities”, not much else a Realtor does, remotely although with difficulties. Here is just one solution, Hey Scot, I left the key under the mat, lock up when you are done) like everything else being thrown our way by the news. Law enforcement in my area have stated they will take no action against any non essential businesses being open or operating. They will not punish them with 8665 (this is the news newest graphic). Know why? Not enforceable, this “order” is a heed, look up the word. I am open and stating my stance.