Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest executive order prohibits in-person apartment showings, ending a fraught industry debate,
Cuomo orders real estate agents to stop showing homes
Governor ends industry debate about whether the practice should continue
After a week of debate about whether brokers should continue showing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo barred the practice.
The governor’s action Friday — part of a sweeping ban on activities that risk spreading the coronavirus — put some agents at ease but also could temporarily erode their incomes.
Douglas Elliman broker Lauren Muss seemed relieved. “It’s the right thing,” she said.
Earlier in the day she’d conducted what will now be her last showing with “a real-live buyer” for a while. “I was uneasy,” she said. “I didn’t want to get in the elevator with him.”
Muss had been in “self-quarantine” but showing a handful of vacant properties by appointment, with her Purell and gloves at the ready. When asked why she’d met Friday’s customer, she put it simply: “Because he’s definitely going to buy something” — and he was a repeat client.