On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Cooper issued a Stay at Home Order Executive Order 121. In that order, Governor Cooper designated real estate (including brokerage, title and appraisal services) as an essential business. That means that unless a local (i.e. County or City) order imposes restrictions or prohibitions to a greater degree than the Governor’s order, many aspects of the real estate business can continue.

With that said, please understand the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and recognize that health and safety restrictions may impact how you conduct your business activities. Regardless of what allowances you have in your local community or through the state order, this is not the time for business as usual. It is possible to LOSE OUR DESIGNATION AS AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS if members violate these orders, particularly as to the health and safety guidelines. In his order, Governor Cooper directed all COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations to the maximum extent possible to direct employees to work from home or telework and meet social distancing requirements.

Below, you will find examples of some of the questions we have received, and the guidance we are giving in response to those questions. Some of this guidance has been suggested by the National Association of REALTORS®. A link to NAR’s Q&A on coronavirus issues can be found here. A link to NAR’s guidance on open houses can be found here.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to NC REALTORS® Legal Hotline by emailing during our regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.






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