Real Estate is an Essential Service that continues

Real Estate

Real Estate is an Essential Service that continues to operate amid the COVID-19 period.

Illinois REALTORS® is here to help you navigate the challenges and uncertainties of COVID-19 and its impact on your business.

We know that many of you are wondering what the Executive Order—and its mandate that only those employed in essential businesses and operations be allowed to report to work— please be reassured that I, Gloria Nowotarski,, as a professional, full-time licensed Realtor® will continue to be at your service should you need me. I will be working virtually and have access to all tools, resources and information as related to buying or selling homes to all. Including our nationwide relocation services, Should you or someone you know have plans on moving in or out of state. I'll be posting safety tips and updates very soon, including how I will be conducting my virtual real estate business. Please feel free to call me directly with questions at 630-428-5519.

Illinois REALTORS® worked with the State of Illinois to ensure that real estate-related activities are specifically allowed to continue while the Executive Order is in effect.

The Executive Order provides that among the essential businesses and operations permitted are professional services, which includes real estate services. Among those, the Executive Order also specifically includes appraisal and title services.

The Executive Order also expressly permits the continued operation of government services and work by government employees that work for or to support businesses that can operate under the Executive Order. This authority is critical to the continued functioning of services provided by county recorders, clerks and inspectors who often play a role in real estate transactions.

Please keep in mind that local officials may enact their own, more strict standards for continued operations, including restricting access or office hours. Finally, financial institutions, such as banks, consumer lenders and title companies are specifically allowed to continue operating under the Executive Order.

Be advised the Executive Order contains guidance requiring the continued observance of the previously ordered preventive measures such as social distancing, hand washing and disinfecting.

The Executive Order is aimed at preventing the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois. With the help of Illinois REALTORS®, the measures implemented by the Executive Order will add to the safety of the community, while protecting an industry that is critical to the economy of the state and the nation.

Illinois REALTORS® will continue to monitor the impact of the spread of COVID-19 on our state and the real estate industry. March 24, 2020. *Illinois Realtor Association