DC clarification on real estate services
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has added two FAQs to her stay-at-home order , which was issued last week. These FAQs provide clarification on real estate-related activities.

Q: My company provides real estate home inspection services and mold testing services; may we continue to operate?  
A: Yes, as you are supporting essential businesses and residences. When you operate, you should have the minimum number of people onsite and practice social distancing.  
Q: If I own an appraisal company that supports home sales, can I continue to operate?  
A: The appraisal industry for home sales may continue to operate as financial and professional services supporting the operation of residences and essential businesses. All activities should be conducted in a way to minimize risk, and offices should move to telework or have the minimal number of persons present to handle an appraisal.
 
Read the full FAQ (scroll toward the bottom of the page).
 
 
Maryland REALTORS reinforces best-practice guidance for stay-at-home order
According to the guidance issued by Maryland REALTORS® last week in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s Stay-at-Home Order, “real estate licensees will limit personal interactions to the greatest extent possible and will engage in-person only when necessary,” and will follow strict protocols. Read the full guidance from Maryland REALTORS® .
 
 
NEW! Bright MLS now offers Virtual Open House option
This new option to enter a Virtual Open House in Listing Management is now available through Search and on reports. Find out more .


NAR talks federal aid in Facebook Live event tomorrow, April 8 at 1 p.m.
The National Association of REALTORS®’ live, one-hour forum will provide up-to-date information on the federal government’s response to COVID-19, and details on what NAR is doing to support REALTORS® during this time. Tell them you’ll be there tomorrow at 1 p.m.!
 
 
Looking for a way to help others during the pandemic?
GCAAR was scheduled to hold a blood drive this spring and will reschedule as soon as the COVID-19 situation improves. In the meantime, the American Red Cross is still seeking blood and plasma donors and volunteers. See how you can help!





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