COVID-19 Message from 2020 President Richard Piraino:
I hope everyone is doing well! I thought it would be appropriate to remind us that if we know of people in the health care field to thank them for all that they do and for their hard work and dedication during these difficult times.
A lot of us have questions now as to how we can do our jobs and continue to sell real estate. Many of you are continuing to do business and are finding new ways to work with our customers and clients either remotely, virtual showings, things like Facebook live opens, private showings and many other creative ways. I know that there are others who have decided that they cannot do business right now and are taking a break. We are all independent contractors and are fee to make our own individual choices.
So, let’s talk about where we find ourselves today. As we all know, Governor DeWine announced the “Stay At Home” order that all persons stay at home unless engaged in essential work or activity. Businesses should work remotely to the extent possible, which will become effective Monday evening at 11:59 PM and last until April 6, 2020. Please follow the guidelines like social distancing six feet apart, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, and no large gatherings as required by the Ohio Department of Health.
Ohio Realtors has let us know that real estate is essential to our state, our cities, and our communities. Housing and shelter are essential to everyone and helping our clients is how we can accomplish this.
You can be assured that LGAAR, Ohio Realtors, and National Association of Realtors have been talking to our leaders, health professionals, and politicians regarding our industry and what needs to be done so that we can still conduct business.
Ohio recently allowed on-line notaries and this will help in closing real estate transactions and signing of documents. Most title companies have made adjustments by working remotely and limiting the number of people going into the office. As of now the county offices are still recording and allowing titles to transfer. Most of the auditors offices are requiring documents to be dropped off.
In closing, I know that these are unique times and I am confident that we will get through this and come out better and stronger.
Richard Piraino, 2020 President of LGAAR
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