On April 6th, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-18 that extends the stay-at-home order for Hoosiers. It also provides stronger language for our industry that we’ll copy below. You may find it in letter Q of the order. It states:
Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, insurance services, and real estate services (including appraisal and title services) should be conducted virtually or by telephone whenever reasonably possible and any professional services requiring face-to-face encounters should be postponed unless the failure to meet in-person will have a significant adverse impact on the client’s financial or legal position.
It is time for REALTORS® to hunker down even more. The only way we’ll return to business as usual is to beat the virus. The only way we’ll beat the virus is to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. We know your livelihood is at stake. But so are lives. We implore you to check each business activity by the standard set forth above.
Please remember, not every state’s governor saw to include real estate as an essential business or service. It’s a privilege to conduct real estate transactions in Indiana right now. Maintaining that privilege depends in part on the responsibility we show in exercising it. We trust the Holcomb administration to continue to strike the right balance between housing needs and public health.