As the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the U.S., Charlie Oppler, president of the National Association of Realtors, urged real estate professionals to wear masks and said he was encouraged by rising vaccination rates.
Oppler published his remarks on Friday in a letter on the NAR website. In the letter, he argued that real estate professionals “must remain careful”, noting that “safety is of the utmost importance in everything we do, and that includes ensuring that both our members and their customers take all possible precautions meet when they show real estate. “
“Today I urge every broker and their clients to wear a mask and continue to practice social distancing if possible,” continued Oppler. “Every opportunity to flatten the curve of the latest delta variant of COVID-19 is a step forward.”
Oppler went on to talk about vaccinations. He kept on ordering explicitly every broker to get a vaccine, stating that “we cannot mandate vaccinations”. But he also said that “we remain encouraged by the increase in the vaccinated population”.
Although COVID-19 vaccines have been available for months, data shows the US is currently in the midst of another coronavirus surge. In total, the outbreak has killed more than 635,000 Americans since it first spread rapidly across North America in March 2020.
For real estate, the early days of the pandemic saw an initial brief slowdown, followed by increasing demand as consumers sought homes with more space and amenities. The result was a year of low inventory and rising prices. At the same time, common practices such as open days and personal demonstrations were broken in many places.
Oppler isn’t the only real estate voice to have pushed security protocols lately. In July, the Durst Organization, a New York-based real estate empire, made vaccinations mandatory for non-union workers. And in early August, Redfin notified around 3,000 employees – including agents – that they would need to be vaccinated and masked if they were to return to the company’s offices.
Earlier this week, Keller Williams co-founder Gary Keller also used the opening moments of his company’s Mega Camp conference to campaign for vaccinations.
“COVID is not out of control,” said Keller at the event. “The lack of confidence in vaccination is out of control.”
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