UPDATE: Market and Covid19
FOCUS Real Estate
Dear Friends, family and neighbors:
With the challenges we are all faced with in this time of COVID-19, now more than ever we all recognize the importance of having a safe and comfortable home for you and your family. We at Focus Real Estate want to continue to support everyone in our community as best as we can during these challenging times.
We want to update you on what is happening in the real estate and housing world as of this date. The situation remains fluid and all of us here at Focus Real Estate are committed to remaining informed and using all of our resources and technology to assist our clients in current transactions and all you with your housing needs and questions.
Essential Services And Revised Gatherings Order
On March 23rd, Governor Baker issued a ‘Stay at Home’ Advisory and closure of doors of all non-essential businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In these orders the Governor did not issue a mandatory “Shelter in place” order prohibiting residents from going out but did recommend residents stay at home and limitations on gatherings of more than 10 people. He also ordered the temporary closing of all businesses and organizations that do not provide COVID-19 Essential Services to close their workplaces and facilities until noon on April 7th.
Real Estate services were NOT one of the services identified as an “essential service” in which allowed to continue to operate with their office’s open.
To see a copy of the Governor’s Order click on the link below:
City of Boston policy on Real Estate Showings and Open Houses
On March 20th, Mayor Walsh issued a directive asking all property owners, rental brokers, and realtors to adjust their practices regarding property showings. In that directive he specifically asked:
Brokers should use photos, videos and written descriptions to showcase properties whenever possible.
Rental brokers should not show clients occupied properties. If it is absolutely necessary, he asked for as much notice as possible to tenants.
No open houses be conducted in the City of Boston until further notice
He asked that “individual showings for properties minimize contact with others, and all involved should wash their hands often, use hand sanitizer and wipe down any surfaces touched. Any prospective tenant [renter or buyer] who is ill must not be allowed to view a unit in person”.
We at Focus Real Estate are following all of our state and local community orders above yet committed to continue to provide services to our clients and the community using some of the most advanced tools of modern communications, technology and marketing. Although our “doors” aren’t open at our office space, we are open to help you with any questions or real estate needs that you have in order to make sure all of you have the safe home that you need for you and your families.
CDC Guidelines on Prevention of the Coronavirus link to the CDC
Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS link to
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