Essential Business Practices and Real Estate

Essential Business Practices and Real Estate

Real estate services, including brokerage, appraisal and title services, have been defined as “Essential Businesses” in the Executive Stay at Home Order signed by NC Governor Roy Cooper last week.  The order becomes effective today, March 30th at 5 pm. Under Dare County’s local order, the list of essential businesses align with the list of businesses in the NC order. The state order is in effect for 30 days and allows those providing real estate services to leave their home and conduct business without interference. However, local orders more restrictive than the state order are to be followed. Please keep in mind the following:

  1. The visitor and non-resident property owner access restriction to the Outer Banks remains in place.
  2. Closings, etc. should be handled remotely or via electronic means to the greatest extent possible.
  3. Please do not leave your home and interact with others if it is possible to conduct business otherwise.
  4. Per NC REALTORS® “Although our business can continue, all our activities must be conducted under the strict health guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Not only is this important to prevent spread of the virus, but we will be under great scrutiny by officials to follow the rules. If we do not, this order can quickly be revised to prevent us from doing our jobs.” We cannot impress enough the seriousness of the situation.
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