Latest COVID-19 Updates

Published Friday, May 15, 2020
by Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORSŪ

UPDATE: May 22, 2020

On May 22, Durham City/County Updated the Stay at Home order pertaining to real estate. REALTORS® may now accompany potential buyers and inspectors into vacant or occupied properties with the same sanitation guidance that currently exists.

Click Here for full Order



UPDATE: May 15, 2020

Updated Durham City/County Order - Effective Friday, May 15th 2020 at 5:00 PM

Real estate services. Both sales and rental real estate services, to include sales by Builders, present a high traffic use of common surfaces which present a risk of transmission. All REALTORS® and their clients should use safety precautions when entering both vacant and occupied properties as outlined below.

  1. Safety precautions applicable to all activities under this section:
    1. Anyone entering a home pursuant to this section must wear a mask and gloves and must not touch surfaces inside the home to the greatest extent possible. Lights must be turned on and interior doors opened prior to entry. Hand sanitizer or sanitized wipes must be provided to anyone entering a home before and after entering a home; and
    2. Anyone entering a home pursuant to this section must assert that to the best of their knowledge, they are not currently ill with a cold or flu; do not have a fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, or exhibit other COVID-19 symptoms; have not been in contact with a person with COVID-19; and will adhere to and follow all precautions required for entering the property at all times.
  2. Activities prior to an offer to purchase or rent being accepted: 
    1. Open houses of any homes for sale are prohibited. In-person showings of homes for sale or rent are permitted under the following conditions:
      1. The buyer’s agent cannot enter the home with the prospective buyer(s); however, the agent can talk to the buyer during the showing from outside the home using cell phones and a video service;
      2. Only one person can enter a home at a time for a showing. However, two people can enter at the same time if they have been socially distancing together; and
      3. Showings of all homes must be separated by at least one hour after the previous prospective buyer/tenant has left. If the home is occupied, the residents should leave the property one hour before a scheduled showing and return at least an hour after the showing is completed.
      4. For non-owner-occupied rental properties, showings are limited to no more than one per day, unless the tenant has expressly agreed to permit more frequent showings in a writing executed on or after May 14, 2020.
      5. Listing agents may enter vacant or occupied properties to take photographs and videos to facilitate virtual tours. Buyers' agents may enter vacant properties to take photographs and/or videos. These services may be performed by a professional photography service so long as the safety precautions of this section are met.
  1. Post-sale activities (these activities may only be conducted by a single individual and are restricted to the following activities connected with closing sales):
  • Post-offer inspections (by both the Buyer and a Licensed Home Inspector, each occurring at different times);
  • Appraisal;
  • Surveys;
  • Final walk throughs; and,
  • Title services.

UPDATE: April 29, 2020

Wake County Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation this morning allowing the county’s Stay-at-Home order to lapse on April 30.

Starting May 1, 11 of the county’s 12 municipalities (Town of Cary, NC; Town of Fuquay-Varina; Town of Garner, NC Government; Holly Springs, NC - Town Government; Knightdale; Town of Morrisville, NC; City of Raleigh - Government; Town of Rolesville, NC; Town of Wake Forest, NC; Town of Wendell; and Town of Zebulon) and portions of Angier, Clayton and Durham located within Wake County, will follow Gov. Cooper’s Stay-at-Home order. The Town of Apex is expected to issue its own proclamation.

With the lapse of this local Executive Order, there will be no changed to the essential status of real estate throughout Wake County, as the State of North Carolina's Executive Order also deems real estate as an essential service.


UPDATE: April 24, 2020

Updated Durham City/County Order - Effective Friday, April 24, 2020, at 5:00 p.m

Declaration of State of Emergency in Durham County shall remain in effect through 11:50 pm on May 15, 2020

Real estate services. Both sales and rental real estate services, to include sales by Builders, present a high traffic use of common surfaces which present a risk of transmission. All REALTORS® and their clients should use safety precautions when entering both vacant and occupied properties as outlined below.

  1. Safety precautions applicable to all activities under this section:
    1. Anyone entering a home pursuant to this section must wear a mask and gloves and must not touch surfaces inside the home to the greatest extent possible. Lights must be turned on and interior doors opened prior to entry. Hand sanitizer or sanitized wipes must be provided to anyone entering a home before and after entering a home; and
  2. Anyone entering a home pursuant to this section must assert that to the best of their knowledge, they are not currently ill with a cold or flu; do not have a fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, or exhibit other COVID-19 symptoms; have not been in contact with a person with COVID-19; and will adhere to and follow all precautions required for entering the property at all times.
  3. Activities prior to an offer to purchase or rent being accepted: 
  4. Open houses and in-person showings of occupied homes are prohibited. In-person showings of vacant homes for sale or rent are permitted under the following conditions:
    1. The buyer’s agent cannot enter the home with the prospective buyer(s); however, the agent can talk to the buyer during the showing from outside the home using cell phones and a video service;
    2. Only one person can enter a home at a time for a showing. However, two people can enter at the same time if they have been socially distancing together;
  5. There can be only three showings of a home during any calendar day.

    Listing agents may enter vacant or occupied properties to take photographs and videos to facilitate virtual tours. Buyers' agents may enter vacant properties to take photographs and/or videos. These services may be performed by a professional photography service so long as the safety precautions of this section are met. 

    Post-sale activities (These activities are restricted to the following activities connected with closing sales.) 
    1. Post-offer inspections;
    2. Onsite preview by prospective buyer where property is under contract sight unseen;
    3. Appraisal;
    4. Surveys;
    5. Final walk throughs; and,
    6. Title services.
View Complete Durham City-County Order Here

OVERALL LOCAL UPDATES: April 21, 2020

+ Wake County: The most recent update to Wake County Stay-At-Home Order: Click Here

Other COVID-19 information for Wake County: Click Here

On the March 26th Order, Wake County deemed Real Estate an essential service. Urging social distancing to be maintained in all operations: z. Professional real estate services, such as realtors, appraisers, notary services, title insurers, inspectors; 

+ Durham City & County: The most recent amendment to Durham City-County Order: Click Here

Other information on Durham City-County Order: Click Here

Specifically real estate: 

Open houses and in-person showings of occupied homes are prohibited. 
In-person showings of vacant houses for sale or for rent are permitted under the following conditions:

  • The buyer’s agent cannot enter the home with the prospective buyer(s); however, the agent can talk to the buyer during the showing from outside the home using cell phones and a video service;
  • Only one person can enter a home at a time for a showing. However, two people can enter at the same time if they have been socially distancing together; 
  • There can be only one showing of the home during any calendar day; 
  • Anyone entering a vacant home for a showing must wear a mask and gloves and must not touch surfaces inside the home to the greatest extent possible. Lights must be turned on and interior door opened prior to entry of the prospective buyer. The buyer’s agent must provide hand sanitizer or sanitized wipes before and after entering the vacant home; 
  • Anyone entering a home must assert, to the best of their knowledge, they are not currently ill with a cold or flu; do not have a fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, or exhibit other COVID-19 symptoms; have not been in contact with a person with COVID-19; and will adhere to and follow all precautions required for viewing the property at all times. 

+ Orange County: See the full text of the Orange County order: Click Here

More Orange County COVID19 information: Click Here

Specifically real estate:
Professional services. Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, insurance services, real estate services, notary services, payroll and employee benefit services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities, for the functioning and operation of critical infrastructure sector services, or where failure to provide such services during the time of this Order would result in significant prejudice. Any of the aforesaid professional services provided in person shall observe Physical Distancing Requirements.

+ Harnett, Chatham & Johnston Counties: At this time, Harnett, Chatham, and Johnston counties fall under the State of North Carolina Executive order. We will update this website regularly with changes and updates as we learn of them. We encourage you to check directly with the county websites.

+ Links to COVID-19 Updates by Municipality

Apex
Cary
Fuquay-Varina
Garner
Holly Springs

Knightdale
Morrisville
Raleigh
Rolesville
Wake Forest
Wendell

Zebulon
Wake County


UPDATE: March 27, 2020

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has announced a statewide Stay at Home Order that will go into effect Monday at 5:00 PM to minimize the spread of COVID-19. A full explanation and FAQs can be found at www.NCDHHS.gov/COVID19. Full text of the Governor's Order can be found here.

As with the Wake County Stay at Home Executive Order, real estate services have once again been deemed ‘essential’ as a profession in North Carolina. As deemed in the Executive Order: “Professional services. Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, insurance services, professional engineering and architectural services, land surveying services, real estate services (including brokerage, appraisal and title services) and tax preparation services.”

For all breaking news updates about COVID-19 and its relation to the real estate industry, visit www.RRAR.com/Health.


UPDATE: March 26, 2020

Wake County has announced the implementation of Stay at Home orders to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This order applies to all 12 Wake County municipalities and unincorporated parts of Wake County as well. You can read the final version from Wake County here.

Over the past several days, your Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® Advocacy Team has been working directly with state health officials and the Wake County Commissioners to help deem the real estate industry as an essential service. With this order, the real estate industry has been deemed essential, as described as “Professional real estate services, such as realtors, appraisers, notary services, title insurers, inspectors.”

For full Stay at Home Guide for REALTORS® visit: www.RRAR.com/GuideForWake


UPDATE: March 26, 2020

Orange County has issued a 'Stay-At-Home' order - read the full text here. The stay-at-home order begins Friday at 6:00 PM and will remain in effect until April 30.


UPDATE: March 25, 2020

The City of Durham has issued a 'Stay-At-Home' order - read the full update on its effect from Durham Association of REALTORS® CEO Sheila Willis. Click here for the City of Durham's COVID-19 information.


UPDATE: March 20, 2020

Following the directives from the CDC, State of North Carolina, and other supervisory agencies, our staff will be working remotely starting at 12:00 PM (EST) on Monday, March 16th.

Our physical office will be closed until further notice, however our staff will still be fully available for any of your membership needs. All of our current contact information and directories are still fully functional as well. For a full list of our staff contacts, click here.

We will reassess the current situation this Friday, March 27th and notify our membership of any further decisions for the week ahead. For the latest updates, please visit www.RRAR.com/Health.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].


UPDATE: March 12, 2020

Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® considers the health of our members and employees our top priority. With the increased concern around illnesses such as the flu and other viruses, we wanted to provide you with an update on how we are working to keep our office safe. Thorough cleaning of our facilities is always of the top priority at our Association, and we are taking extra precautions as well. Our cleaning staff has continues to provide a heightened level of safety by disinfecting common surfaces more frequently with CDC recommended cleaning products, and providing additional hand sanitizer stations and antibacterial wipes to maintain regularly cleaned workspaces and meeting areas.

A Guide For Realtors® & COVID-19

If you are registered for any of our classes or events and begin to show any common flu like symptoms, please notify us and we will refund any registration fees you may have incurred.

Stay well this season, we wish your family the very best.


Rescheduled or Canceled Events/Classes

• March 8: Board of Directors Meeting - Rescheduled to April 8
• March 16: New Member Orientation - Rescheduled to April 6
• March 18: Small Brokerage Council Meeting - Canceled
• March 18: CE Classes with Bill Gallagher - Canceled
• March 18: Government Affairs Committee - Canceled
• March 18: REALTORS® Political Action Committee - Canceled
• March 19: REALTORS® PAC Phone Bank - Canceled
• March 19: Professional Development Seminar - Canceled
• March 21: NAREB Region V Conference - Postponed to Later Date
• March 23: Carolina Ignite Conference - Rescheduled for August 3rd
• March 26: Women's Council of REALTORS® Mugshots & Mimosas - Canceled
• March 26: Affordable Housing Seminar - Canceled
• March 27: Tax Strategy Seminar - Canceled
• April 1: Top Producers Council - Canceled
• April 1: Women's Council of REALTORS® - Canceled
• April 6: New Member Orientation - Moved to Online Only
• April 14: Ideas & IPAs - Postponed to Later Date
• April 19: RPAC Major Investor Event - Postponed to Later Date
• April 20: New Member Orientation - Moved to Online Only
• April 21: AirBnB Speaker Event - Postponed to Later Date
• April 22: Global Lunch + Learn - Canceled

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