Yesterday Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-08 directing Indiana residents to remain at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This order is takes effect today, March 24, at 11:59 pm, and remains in place until 11:59 pm on April 6.
Under this order, real estate is listed as an essential business (including appraisal and title services), which means that REALTORS® may continue to help their clients find the comfort of home in the midst of current circumstances and events. However, in an effort to remain safe and follow all precautions, this is not business as usual.
During the process of real estate transactions, it is imperative that we all (brokers, buyers, and sellers) follow the travel and social distancing requirements of the executive order. These requirements can be found in number 16, section A, and number 17, but here are the main points:
- Keep six-foot distances
- Do not shake hands
- Wash hands with soap and water for a minimum 20 seconds and do so frequently
- Clean high-touch surfaces on a regular basis
- Have hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available
- Maintain separate operating hours for vulnerable populations
- Post your hours of operation and how to best reach you online
- Travel related to the provision of essential business services is allowed (Number 14 includes real estate as an essential service)
REALTORS® are taking the lead on these requirements as they apply to the real estate industry, committing to strictly following the Governor’s executive order so that we can defeat this virus. If you have questions or concerns, please call your real estate professional to talk through next steps on your transaction in the midst of these new orders.
At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.
North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.