Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island), the Staten Island delegation in the State Assembly and a bi-partisan group of Assembly members representing different parts of the state have written to Gov. Cuomo urging the reopening of limited in-person licensed real estate services. They are currently scheduled to resume in Phase II. Earlier this month, the New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR) sent the governor a detailed letter outlining the steps they would take to begin real estate showings in person with safety as their number one priority. To date, they are still working in a limited capacity as their interpretation of Gov. Cuomos guidelines for the industry is allowing only the seller and buyer to meet in person for showings.
Housing is essential, yet realtors are not allowed to show apartments or houses to prospective renters and buyers, said Malliotakis. Many people are in limbo because they cannot move into a new home or complete the sale of their old one. Surely at this stage, we can trust that these licensed real estate professionals will follow stringent safety guidelines. Gatherings of 10 or fewer are now allowed, so why cant a realtor show an individual or couple a home? Preventing them from doing their job until Phase II is nonsensical.
Malliotakis said many states have already allowed in-person showings and she firmly contends New Yorks real estate professionals are up to the task of conducting their business safely and efficiently. Further, many supermarkets and hardware stores have more people in them at any given time than at a single home showing, and groups of 10 or fewer are allowed in the state. In addition to allowing these professionals to get back to work, Malliotakis believes the state will also benefit from the revenue generated by these sales and legal professionals will be able to assist their clients and resume work.
Malliotakis previously led an effort, alongside the New York Dental Society, to get dentist offices reopened. Gov. Cuomo announced yesterday that all dentistry in the state could resume today.
Please see Malliotakis letter to Gov. Cuomo attached here.