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New York’s Real Estate Business is ‘Essential,’ but Showings must be Virtual

The real estate business is officially essential under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s PAUSE order, albeit with some important caveats.

The Empire State Development Corporation, the economic arm for New York state, has changed course on the real estate business during the COVID-19 crisis, just over two weeks after Cuomo deemed it nonessential. The guidance from ESD still encourages real estate agents to “maintain social distance to the extent possible,” but notes that showings (for both residential and commercial properties), inspections, and appraisals may resume.

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