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Covid-19 — New State-wide Order

Governor Greg Abbott issued a new state-wide order regarding “essential services” that may continue during shelter-in-place orders pertaining to Covid-19. That order supersedes local rules, and real estate services are now deemed essential. That includes real estate brokerage and associated businesses (inspections, appraisals, and title/closing services), along with residential and commercial construction.

Here is the governor’s order:

Texas Governor’s Order re Covid-19

That order makes reference to comprehensive guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:


A builder that I talked to today will be back at work tomorrow (April 2), and I plan to move forward with new listings and showings — with caution. I plan to provide more ways for interested consumers to get familiar with my listings without in-person showings, trying to limit that exposure for them and for my seller-clients until their interest is real and clear. With buyers I will be providing gloves and hand sanitizer, and we’ll likely caravan in two cars instead of sharing.

With that said, it was always true that a truly functional real estate sector is essential to the functioning of the whole economy, and I am glad that Texas has recognized that fact. Feel free to contact me for more about how I plan to proceed from here.

About Bill Morris, Realtor

Many years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including almost 20 years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs. Learn more about my background and experience, my commitment to my clients, my profession, and to the real estate industry at



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