August 25th, 2020
To My Valued Clients and Future Clients: As there may be confusion over what is an “essential” worker under the terms of the “stay at home” order, please refer to the following pdf files. Hopefully this will shed some light on the Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
As announced on March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20, which directs California residents to stay at home effective immediately, “except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.”
Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
For your reference, please find the Executive Order (https://covid19.ca.gov/img/N-33-20.pdf), a summary of the federal critical infrastructure sectors referenced in the Executive Order (https://www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors). Also note the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response dated March 19, 2020. “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response” (https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf).
The state of California very quietly updated and published its own list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers effective March 20, 2020 (https://covid19.ca.gov/img/
The Executive Order indicates that it shall stay in effect until further notice.
Are Realtors “Essential Critical Workers”?
Realtors are not exempt from this order and I believe it would be blatant disregard of public safety should a real estate agent claim they are exempt or conduct themselves in manner that creates face to face contact with the public. The California Association of Realtors has published this statement:
“The latest message is regarding the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order is provided to you below, which addresses the real estate industry not being exempt from this prohibition. Therefore, REALTORS® should cease doing all face-to-face marketing or sales activities, including showings, listing appointments, open houses, and property inspections. Clients and other consumers are also subject to these orders and should not be visiting properties or conducting other business in person”
Should you observe a real estate agent holding an open house or otherwise creating face-to-face marketing, please report the violation to the local police department. I would suggest NOT calling 911. Instead use their normal phone numbers. Then consider filing a complaint with the California Department of Real Estate
- Manhattan Beach Police Dept 310-802-5100
- Hermosa Beach Police Dept 310-318-0360
- Redondo Beach Police Dept 310-379-2477
- Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates (LA Co Sheriff) (310) 539-1661
- Palos Verdes Estates Police Dept 310-378-4211
- Torrance Police Dept 310-328-3456
Meanwhile, I will be conducting via zoom conference calls or zoom video conference calls as well as premarketing some terrific listings that will be coming to market soon. Book an appointment here
What will the market look like after we get through this mess? (and get through it we WILL!) Based on my near 40 years of experience, demand for real estate doesn’t go away during challenging times. Often demand increases as real estate is viewed as a safe, long term investment option. And whether demand decreases or increases, when we get through this, there WILL be pent up demand. Homeowners planning to sell should prepare and study tips on how best to position their homes for sale when the right time happens.
I wish you, your loved ones and all of your team members good health.