Real Estate Deemed An Essential Service

As we are all fully aware that things will likely change, again and again, as they have daily for the past months. In the real estate community, major changes have occurred which have had a huge impact on how REALTORS® may conduct business and best serve their clients, while adhering to the safest standards.
 
Governor Doug Ducey executive order follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes at the recommendation of public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The Governor’s order took effect March 31st, and it promotes increased physical distancing, while encouraging social connectedness among citizens. 
 
Governor Doug Ducey also issued an executive order on March, 23rd clarifying businesses and operations deemed “Essential Services” by the state for financial institutions, professional services, and critical trades such as lenders, appraisers, legal services, accounting services, insurance services, real estate services, title services, exterminators, and construction services.
 
As a result, I may legally show properties, continue to market properties, hold listing appointments, coordinate property inspections, and finalize closings. However, I plan to lead by example by conducting my business while staying safe. As your REALTOR® I will take precautions and follow the CDC guidelines, maintaining social distancing, and will limit the number of individuals in the property at any one time.
 
Furthermore, I will use technology to adhere to social distancing whenever possible. There are still sellers who need to sell and buyers wanting to buy their dream home. I can serve my clients digitally by creating virtual property tours and conduct video chats via Zoom that allow buyers to see properties in a realistic way online. I can also conduct virtual listing presentations with sellers and use electronic documents that are signed by both buyers and sellers through platforms such as Authentisign to minimize in-person contact.
 
Additionally, many other aspects of the real estate industry continue to occur without in-person contact, including documentation and closings. Governor Ducey issued another executive order, effective April 10th,  allowing Arizona notaries public who meet requirements specified by the Arizona Secretary of State to offer remote online notarization, allowing Arizonans and notaries can meet, sign and notarize documents online.
 
Thank you for your business!
Yvette M Palmer, REALTOR®