Following the June 16 expiration of Governor Chris Sununu's original “Stay at Home” order, the Governor issued new “Safer at Home” universal guidance for all business operation, including agents working in real estate offices. "Safer at Home" is scheduled to expire on August 1.
To ensure the safety of all Granite Staters and to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on businesses, workers, and customers, all employers and employees must take steps to either stay open or reopen safely. There is specific guidance in Executive Order #52 Exhibits A &B for businesses as well as for those 65 or older or with underlying health conditions.
NHAR interprets these requirements to apply to agents and employees utilizing a brokerage office.
The following bullet points summarize the requirements, but all brokers, agents and managers should review the complete “Safer at Home” order. Please note, while there is a distinction among the points with regard to "should" vs. "must," it is our recommendation to follow each of them in order to avoid the potential for increased liability.
"Amidst the sea of change to which the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS has played witness in its 85 years, one thing that has remained constant is the Realtor 'R' and the value we bring to every real estate transaction in which we take part. We are part of a unique community where our familial cooperation transcends our business competition. These are not mere platitudes, but our living ideals, and they are, in fact, the foundation on which we conduct ourselves in our day-to-day affairs."
Jim Lee, 2021 President, New Hampshire REALTORS