Coronavirus: California home sales now ‘essential’ but health risks scare agents

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Real estate agents have serious concerns about what would seem to be good news: reclassifying their work as “essential” in this era of coronavirus fears.

Over the weekend, residential real estate sales were added to an updated list of essential services from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. That seemingly gave a green light to the resumption of sales since that same list was key to a previous no-selling interpretation of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “stay at home” order.

But real estate professionals, in interviews with the Southern California News Group and numerous comments on social media, questioned the health risks from restarting the very personal sales process that includes bringing strangers into other people’s homes.

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