UPDATE – Guidelines for Real Estate as an Essential Business
The Governor recently issued a new Executive Order (39 FY 20/21) that will repeal the statewide requirement for face coverings in public settings except for schools and childcare settings. This order is effective as of Monday, May 24, 2021. In addition, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has confirmed that all of the current COVID-19 Prevention Checklists for businesses will retire on May 24, 2021, including the Guidelines for Real Estate as an Essential Business.
DECD indicates that they will have general guidance recommendations available on their website, along with a link to the U.S. CDC guidance for businesses. On and after May 24, check the COVID-19 tab on the MAR website (https://mainerealtors.com
for updated links to this information.
While this is positive news for Maine’s real estate industry, please keep in mind that we are still in a pandemic and you should continue to take any precautions you feel necessary for your own health and safety and that of your clients. Remember that not everyone around you is in the same situation as you, not everyone has the COVID-19 vaccine (including children), and some people may have underlying conditions that increase their health risk.
In turn, we recommend that each real estate company develop their own health and safety protocols as they deem necessary for the best interests of their agents, employees, and clients. Similarly, you should be cognizant of your clients’ needs and requests when it comes to showings and other business interactions.
Please note that if a seller chooses to require any safety protocols or restrictions for showings in their home, they must be sure to treat everyone equally to avoid fair housing discrimination and have a plan in place for accommodations if requested by buyers who may be members of protected classes. Furthermore, a buyer who is a member of a protected class may request an accommodation for a showing in accordance with fair housing laws.
While our office does remain closed at this time, we are making plans to open back up soon!
As the staff is still working remotely to continue to serve our members, we have opened the Board Store up for e-mail and phone orders by appointment only. Since we are working remotely, we do need advance notice for store purchases. If you would like same-day pick up, please call or email to place your order and schedule your pickup before 12:30 PM. Same day orders must be picked up no later than 1 PM. Any orders placed after 12:30 PM will have to be picked up the next day, or at another scheduled time.
Our staff will be following the recommended safety protocols and guidance issued by the state and CDC, which includes wearing face coverings, and we expect our customers to do the same. Please be respectful of our staff during this time – their safety, and that of our members, is of the utmost importance to us!
Should you need to reach us, please email Heather Horlor, Katrina Tokay or Nora Kreisler. We will also be monitoring our phone messages and responding promptly.
We appreciate your understanding and support, and we will continue to provide updates as things evolve.