Great News! House Bill 2412 passed out of the state Senate and will soon be in the Governor’s hands. What does this mean for you? If this bill passes, I will be allowed to meet with clients and show homes while practicing CDC guidelines. The virtual tours are awesome and is a great way to get a sense of how a home is laid out. But with a virtual tour, you cannot see if there is any mold, or if the roof needs to be replaced. How about unsightly smells for anyone who has allergies?

What does this bill include? Introduced by Rep. Todd Polinchock (Bucks), it would allow some level of in-person real estate services in all counties in Pennsylvania.

"By passing House Bill 2412, the Pennsylvania Senate has recognized that shelter is essential and real estate is life-sustaining," said PAR President Bill Festa. "Throughout the commonwealth, the incredibly restrictive shutdown of real estate services has created difficulties and financial hardships for so many consumers. This legislation would allow real estate transactions to occur in every county of the state."

The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® has been urging Gov. Wolf to follow the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Advisory Memorandum to designate real estate as a life-sustaining business. The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® is not requesting a return to "business as usual." Real estate professionals would be following guidelines developed using recommended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to ensure the safety and protection of consumers as well as real estate professionals.

"Pennsylvania is the only state to shut down all real estate activities, despite the ongoing need for housing," Festa added. "It's tragic that a majority of Pennsylvanians continue to be unnecessarily restricted from purchasing or selling a home."

Let’s cross our fingers and hope our Governor signs this bill.

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