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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

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many 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: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.



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