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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

April 7, 2020

DC clarification on real estate services

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has added two FAQs to her stay-at-home order, which was issued last week. These FAQs provide clarification on real estate-related activities. 

Q: My company provides real estate home inspection services and mold testing services; may we continue to operate?  

A: Yes, as you are supporting essential businesses and residences. When you operate, you should have the minimum number of people onsite and practice social distancing.  

Q: If I own an appraisal company that supports home sales, can I continue to operate?  

A: The appraisal industry for home sales may continue to operate as financial and professional services supporting the operation of residences and essential businesses. All activities should be conducted in a way to minimize risk, and offices should move to telework or have the minimal number of persons present to handle an appraisal.  

Read the full FAQ (scroll toward the bottom of the page). 

Maryland REALTORS reinforces best-practice guidance for stay-at-home order

According to the guidance issued by Maryland REALTORS® last week in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s Stay-at-Home Order, “real estate licensees will limit personal interactions to the greatest extent possible and will engage in-person only when necessary,” and will follow strict protocols. Read the full guidance from Maryland REALTORS®.

NEW! Bright MLS now offers Virtual Open House option

This new option to enter a Virtual Open House in Listing Management is now available through Search and on reports. Find out more

NAR talks federal aid in Facebook Live event tomorrow, April 8 at 1 p.m.

The National Association of REALTORS®’ live, one-hour forum will provide up-to-date information on the federal government’s response to COVID-19, and details on what NAR is doing to support REALTORS® during this time. Tell them you’ll be there tomorrow at 1 p.m.! 

Looking for a way to help others during the pandemic?

GCAAR was scheduled to hold a blood drive this spring and will reschedule as soon as the COVID-19 situation improves. In the meantime, the American Red Cross is still seeking blood and plasma donors and volunteers. See how you can help!


This information is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as formal legal guidance by GCAAR members, including affiliate or secondary members, nor communicated as formal legal guidance to any members of the public. 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, GCAAR members, including affiliate and secondary members, and their clients are advised to verify all information with federal, state and local authorities, their brokers and/or their corporate counsel before making any decisions related to the contents of this email or their business practices.

GCAAR is a trade association at the service of its members and there is no attorney-client relationship intended or implied.

Previous updates

April 4, 2020

GCAAR update: MD REALTORS issues updated guidance for MD stay-at-home order

March 31, 2020

GCAAR update: MD REALTORS issues guidance for MD stay-at-home order

March 30, 2020

GCAAR update: New national coronavirus law and what it means for REALTORS®

March 28, 2020

GCAAR update: DC Mayor says open houses are NOT permitted

March 25, 2020

GCAAR update: DC Executive Order, Maryland REALTORS FAQ & VA license extensions

March 24, 2020

GCAAR update: MD executive order closes GCAAR, real estate brokerages & branch offices

March 21, 2020

A special message from GCAAR President Danai Mattison Sky

March 20, 2020

Message from our president: COVID-19 Form and other forms updates are now LIVE!

March 19, 2020

Update: CRS course goes virtual; COVID-19 TOPA extensions and more

March 18, 2020

Update: MoCo Land Records Office announces specific times it will accept recordings; DC Recorder of Deeds still open

March 17, 2020

Update: Montgomery County Land Records office to reverse closure decision

March 16, 2020

Update: Rockville Member Services/store closing 5 p.m. March 17

March 12, 2020

Update: GCAAR's response to the coronavirus pandemic