Yesterday, the Empire State Development (ESD) agency announced the following functions are now considered essential in New York State:
- Residential home and commercial office showings
- Real estate back office functions
- Home inspections
- Residential appraisals
As NYSAR stated in their communications last evening, all members “must fully comply with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “
New York State on PAUSE
” directive, which says that “
must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health and every business, even if essential, is strongly urged to maintain social distance to the extent possible.”
GRAR recommends that all members continue to conduct business from home in a virtual manner, whenever possible,
including continued telecommuting for back office staff. Please remember, each of us is a member of the community at large. As such, we have a social responsibility to operate in a safe and healthy manner when conducting business.
Physical Open Houses are still not allowed at this time.
You are still prohibited from telemarketing as that is controlled by the declared "State of Emergency" rather than the status of your business as essential or non-essential. Please refer to the
Please seek guidance from your broker on your firm’s operating procedures under the “essential” designation. Keep in mind, you are not required to perform any function with which you are uncomfortable or feel is contrary to the health and safety of yourself, your family , or the community.