Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: Are Real Estate Agent Activities Essential Services?

Are Real Estate Agent Activities Essential Services?

Dear Readers, 

Michelle Cherie Carr Crowe asks some thought-provoking questions in this post. Her ideas are worth reading carefully.


On Monday, March 23, 2020, the Mayor of Atlanta issued an Executive Order mandating a  14-day "Stay At Home" period. However, real estate activities were designated "professional services" and as such, are allowed to continue.


 The Atlanta Board of Realtors issued a statement:

"While urgent real estate business can continue, we encourage you to follow the intent of the Executive Order and conduct your business in a safe manner."



Wishing you and yours - Family and Clients - health and safety during this difficult time. 

All the best - Lynn


PS  If I haven't had the opportunity to thank you personally for your reading my posts, let me do so now. I enjoy writing and am delighted you stopped by. Love reading your comments as well. L.


Does anyone know if real estate agent activities representing sellers and buyers are considered "essential services" legally in view of the COVID-19 social distancing and "shelter in place" orders?

FYI, I sent this question in to our trusted California Association of REALTORS Legal Hotline just a few minutes ago, and will share the answer I receive from the attorneys.

Whether it's showing houses to buyers, holding open houses, meeting with current and potential sellers, buyers, investors and landlords, as well as vendors such as pest control, roof and home inspectors, it would be helpful to know we are acting in compliance with the law. 

Housing and shelter are definitely important needs. How can anyone "shelter in place" if they currently have no shelter? We know selling a house and buying a home are stressful activities already. Now complicating the government mandating no social gatherings to slow this pandemic, we see the closing of our broker's office except for absolutely essential in-person meetings and the temporary closing of our Santa Clara County Recorders Office.

All accurate and credible information from knowledgeable sources welcome.

Thanks for reading "Are Real Estate Agent Activities Essential Services?"

UPDATES since 3/17/20

The Local MLSListings suspended the accrual of all DOM (Days On Market) Through April 7, the current expiration date of Silicon Valley's "Shelter in Place" order. It also cancelled all scheduled and future agent tyours and open houses.

Local MLSListings Cancels Open Houses, Agent Tours

Read what CAR attorney's interpretation of California's "shelter in place" order here at

CAR Attorney: RE Agent Activities Not Essential Services

Please go to for breaking news updates affecting REALTORS, including mandate for agents to cease engaging in face-to-face meetings, and the appeal to Congress for forgiveable SBA loans to REALTORS to help tide agents over during the "shelter in place" mandate.

Readers have alerted me that unlike California, some states, such as Illinois have determined that real estate agent acitivites are "essential services"; I'm curious to know how other states are handling this. 




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Comment balloon 7 commentsLynn B. Friedman • March 25 2020 05:26AM


Good morning Lynn. Maybe it is  time to speak with Richard Weeks as his market is continuing to prosper in this time of trouble. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 4 months ago

This is a great choice for a reblog and even businesses that are considered essential seem to be struggling since so much else is on pause or has been halted.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 4 months ago

Real estate is indeed essential service but it has to be done in a different way these days. I'm on a COVID staycation but if my services is needed, I will meet my clients with great care. I'm also studying different ways to do business in the future, Zoom seems to be one of the best solutions.

Posted by Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson, Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643 (Century 21 Doug Anderson) 4 months ago

Good morning Lynn. I am torn. I no longer actively practice but I wish everyone who does, well.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 4 months ago


Thank you for the re-blog. It is interesting to see how others are dealing with safely practicing RE in time of COVID19.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 4 months ago

I’m really interested in what people think about whether this is an essential service or not so I came to check back in. Very interesting across the board.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 4 months ago

Lynn in the great State of California Real Estate is not essential according to the governor but he forgot to check how much revenue in taxes come from real estate... he needs to lay off the cool aid he is sippin...

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago