Despite the decision by the state to add some real estate services to the list of essential businesses allowed during the mandated shutdown, many Long Island real estate brokers and sales agents are opting to stay home instead.
Last week, Empire State Development issued guidance that allowed in-person property showings and then soon reversed that directive after getting blowback from those who work in the industry.
While appraisers and home inspectors can still perform their duties on site, the state says only virtual property showings are allowed in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.
Matthew Arnold, president of the Long Island Board of Realtors, urged via a Facebook post that brokers and sales agents should stay home:
“We are not back in business and it is not business as usual! I will not put my family or clients or myself in any situation of exposing anybody to Covid-19. I ask that you all take a step back before you react. Have patience with one another. Stay home till they get this virus under control. Real estate is my life, but my life is my life. The properties we represent and any deals will be there if we all listen to the “stay home” best practices. Money does not exempt anybody from getting it. Be responsible and take responsibility of your business. So I ask you to please put your showings and any in-person contact on hold. Avoid contact with the public. We owe it to our communities and we owe it to our family.”Matthew Arnold – President, Long Island Board of Realtors (via Facebook)