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Reason Prevails! Sacramento Homeowners Can Show Their House to Prospective Buyers Without Permanently Vacating; COVID-19 Order Barring Open Houses Still Stands

Once again, Citizens prove their worth in Helping Officials Respond to Emergencies – the essence of CHORE.
For the past two weeks, Sacramento County’s COVID-19 health order stipulated that “all showings must be done ONLY in permanently vacated houses.”
Our reaction mirrored the position of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® – that if left to stand, the housing market would tank, and sellers could be threatened with financial ruin.
Who buys a house without walking through and inspecting it?
As alarmed sellers, we contacted Dave Tanner, the Association’s CEO, who encouraged us to lobby the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors (we wrote to all five of them) as well as the County Health Officer. 
Tanner’s email to us said, We sincerely appreciate your support of our efforts.  It is good for them to know that it’s not just REALTORS® wanting to ask for the help. Best wishes to all of us.”
We ended our email to the County Health Officer as follows:
The terms of the order that sellers and bu…

California Counties' COVID-19 Real Estate Order Will Kill the Industry and Financially Ruin Countless Home Sellers; Incredibly, It Doesn’t Permit Showings of Occupied Homes!

Supermarket operators each day open their doors to hundreds of customers who aren’t wearing masks and gloves. You see them each time you shop. Nobody suggests markets should prevent customers from entering the store because of COVID-19.

But under Sacramento County's (and numerous other counties') order to the real estate industry, NOBODY can enter a house for sale unless it’s “permanently vacated.”
Here are the Sacramento County COVID-19 Update Guidelines (as of April 20, 2020):
“In Sacramento County, all showings must be done ONLY in permanently vacated houses.”
That is an over-reach and can’t possibly be allowed to stand. 
How many home buyers will pull the trigger without walking through and inspecting the house?
This "order” potentially can strangle the real estate market and drive furloughed and unemployed sellers into foreclosure when they can’t find people willing to buy their house sight unseen. Reasonable GuidelinesSacramento County and the many other counties using thi…

COVID-19’s ‘Patton’ Advises Flexibility in Fighting this War; CHORE Suggests Going Further and ‘Breaking the Rules’ when Necessary To Get the Job Done

Oroville Dam's broken spillway in February 2017

Citizens Helping Officials Respond to Emergencies (CHORE) is adding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) to the list of emergencies we’ve examined since CHORE was launched nearly 14 years ago
CHORE’S goal has always been improved emergency communications, and its recommendations stem from the writer’s personal experience as a five-decade communicator. We’ve written here and elsewhere on communications failures during and after tsunamis, earthquakes, and wildfires and have used Lessons Learned to propose improvements.
Historians will fill books on the communications response to COVID-19 – who excelled, who didn’t, what worked, what didn’t. Most commentators seem to agree that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is COVID-19’s “Patton.” His daily briefings are been masterful. Alas, nobody has yet emerged as this illness’s “Eisenhower.”
Break the ‘Rules’
Gov. Cuomo’s has been urging flexibility in governments’ response to the virus crisis. That’s good…