Residential Real Estate Now Listed as an Essential Service

Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) updated its list of essential services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and expressly included residential real estate. Since Governor Newsom’s March 4, 2020 order incorporates this list, the order now includes residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services, as essential services in California. However, if a city or county has an order with a more restrictive standard regarding what qualifies as an essential service, or more restrictions on activities, those guidelines will still govern the activities of a licensee. You can read the full CISA memorandum here.

Notwithstanding this new development, all real estate licensees must take into account the health and safety of their clients and fellow licensees, and follow the existing protocols for protecting against the spread of COVID-19. If such health safeguards and protocols are not followed, the rule for the state could easily change to stop or restrict all real estate activity. To that end, in conformity with current health guidelines, real estate licensees should follow all CDC and local health mandates.

1. No open houses should be held.
2. Showings should be done virtually, if at all possible.

An updated FAQ and more information on recommended best practices will be posted on the website as soon as practicable.

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             CAREB President Monica Hill


The California Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (CAREB) is the largest and oldest state chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (NAREB), the largest and oldest minority real estate trade association in America. NAREB/CAREB members are known by the trade name of "Realtists".  Our main purpose is to enhance the economic improvement of its members through the state of California, and the minority community which it serves; and to unite those engaged in the recognized branches of the real estate industry including brokerage, management, mortgage financing, appraising, land development, home building, and allied fields for the purpose of exerting influence on real estate interest. 

2019 State of Housing on Black America

The SHIBA Report is very comprehensive. It provides a detail view into the real numbers and facts that impact and impede Black families from realizing the dream of homeownership. NAREB is committed to changing the statistics through our members and industry relationships. Our goal is to continue to show Black families the issues which affect them, and bring solutions to overcome these barriers. Take time to review the Report which was published in 2013. Since that time, NAREB has moved beyond the data to provide solutions. Find out more at one of our many chapters across the country, or simply contact us at our corporate office.

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2M New Black Homeowners

The National Association of Real-Estate Brokers (NAREB) Two Million New Black Homeowner Program (2MN5) is one of NAREB’s solutions in response to its annual report the State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) ®, with a short and long-term core objectives to eliminate the racial gap and disparities in homeownership in the United States (41% Black vs. 71% White).

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NAREB Urges Black Millennials to Become Homeowners With The Launch of “House Then The Car” Initiative Campaign

The House Then The Car Wealth Building Extravaganza Events being held in 14+ markets across the country. The Wealth Building Extravaganza events have been created to promote the House Then The Car program, which is one of the NAREB 8. The NAREB 8 is a list of programs and initiatives curated by President Donnell Williams that expands the reach of 2MN5-2 Milion New Black Homeowners in 5 years, launched in 2015.

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