Dear MCAR member,
The recent C.A.R. E-mail that was sent to members regarding the inclusion of real estate in the Federal list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers has caused some confusion for our members. As we pointed out before, local Shelter in Place ordinances with more restrictive standards regarding what qualifies as essential services will continue to govern activities of a licensee. That is the case for all agents practicing real estate in Monterey County. The Monterey County Shelter in Place Order DOES NOT include real estate as an essential service. As such, we are providing the following guidance:
- Open Houses are not permitted.
- Properties cannot be shown in person and agents should not be entering properties for sale, even if vacant.
- No person-to-person contact. All meetings of any kind must be done virtually.
If the Monterey County Shelter in Place Ordinance were to change to include real estate as an essential service, we will notify the membership immediately.
The MCAR Board of Directors is currently evaluating the application of Professional Standards complaints against members who willfully ignore the Shelter in Place Order, putting themselves, clients and future homeowners at risk.