History is made every minute of the day. This year is no different. While we were trying to figure out 2020, things were changing at warp speed! Real estate and the professionals that play a significant role became essential workers, allowing these individuals to come and go during the COVID-19 crisis while other professionals were made to follow stay at home orders. Not only did their level of importance change, it was ordered!
Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), released these guidelines:
Here are the real estate professionals and activities CISA considers essential:
- Residential and commercial real estate services, including settlement services.
- Staff at government offices who perform title search, notary, and recording services in support of mortgage and real estate services and transactions.
- Workers responsible for the leasing of residential properties to provide individuals and families with ready access to available housing.
- Workers responsible for handling property management, maintenance, and related service calls who can coordinate the response to emergency “at-home” situations requiring immediate attention, as well as facilitate the reception of deliveries, mail, and other necessary services.
- Workers performing housing construction related activities to ensure additional units can be made available to combat the nation’s existing housing supply shortage.
- Workers supporting the construction of housing, including those supporting government functions related to the building and development process, such as inspections, permitting and plan review services that can be modified to protect the public health, but fundamentally should continue and serve the construction of housing (e.g., allow qualified private third-party inspections in case of government shutdown).
We are looking forward to all the history that will be made this year in real estate, and hope you will be apart of it as well!