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MN “Stay at Home” directive

(PLEASE SEE: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, 3-27-2020)

Today, Minnesota Governor Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home.

Realtors® and their clients may still conduct the activities necessary to facilitate real estate transactions in Minnesota during the time period covered by the order as long as they comply, to the maximum extent possible, with COVID-19 Guidelines including social distancing and hygiene and other requirements in the order. 

Items for REALTORS and their clients to note:

OPEN HOUSES Refrain from conducting open houses during this period. It is counterintuitive to be conducting an open house activity during the “Stay at Home” directive.

SHOWINGS Agents should consult with seller clients regarding their wishes for showings. If you will be conducting showings, limit your showings until the consumer expresses interest, and prioritize virtual showings and other non-person-to-person activities. Buyers should utilize the virtual tours, photos and disclosures available to prescreen homes before you personally visit. 

UNDERSTAND The Governor can pull this essential services tag at any time. If we don’t act within the spirit of the Order, we will be in jeopardy of not being able to service our Minnesota real estate clients and customers. 

PLEASE NOTE Agents and their clients/customers must conduct business within the COVID-19 MDH social distancing guidelines. Minnesotans may leave their homes or residences to engage in the following activities, provided that all persons follow the guidelines set forth and maintained by the Minnesota Department of Health (“MDH Guidelines”), including but not limited to social distancing, to the maximum extent possible. This list of Activities may be clarified, as deemed necessary by the Governor, to ensure the health, safety, and security of all Minnesotans. Clarifications are available here.

Call me, your financial advisor and mortgage professional if you plan to shop for a home. Sellers should be sure that their agent has extensive online marketing and provide additional info to buyers upon showing requests to ensure only qualified buyers are in your home OR suspend showing your home in person until you feel safe. Get your ducks in a row and make a game plan that could survive an economic disaster.


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