Good Morning, 

I hope today finds you and your loved ones safe and in good health. Much has happened since my last update as we find ourselves in very challenging times.  Thankfully we’re starting to see some positive news (curve flattening, greater availability of ventilators/PPE, economic stimulus, stock market rebound, positive effects of social distancing, planning for reopening the economy, etc.)  

While real estate is likely low on your priority list at the moment, a number of you have been asking about the current state of the market. Since many of my clients were actively engaged in a real estate purchase before the shut down and continue to actively search for a home, I thought they and you would find the following update helpful.  It includes some research, resources, articles and light diversions.

Here's a summary of some key news events over the past several weeks affecting the real estate industry:

  • Governor Cuomo orders all non-essential workplaces to close statewide.  For real estate agents and brokers, that means the end of in-person showings. Brokers are allowed to continue to perform their regular duties from home (aside from making unsolicited phone calls, due to the state of emergency) and leverage online tools available to them. 
  • The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) offers guidance on conducting virtual closings.
  • Brokerage firms begin conducting virtual open houses, virtual showings and conducting applications, lease signings, and payments online.
  • Buyers/Sellers already in contract are still able to close, albeit with delays.
  • REBNY orders the public “days on market” clock to stop for all its residential listings.
  • Buyers/Tenants can still technically hire moving companies (current state guidance deems them essential) but officials say that may not be the prudent move right now.
  • Governor Cuomo enacts an eviction moratorium for residential and commercial tenants until at least June 20. The policy protects tenants from losing their homes for three months, but those who miss rent payments will still be on the hook for paying back their landlord.
  • The coronavirus response and stimulus bill signed by President Trump in March gave any homeowner with a mortgage backstopped by the federal government the ability to receive forbearance or delay payments for up to 180 days.
  • Mortgage credit availability in March fell to the lowest level in five years, according to a survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association.
  • Jobless claims rose another 6.6 million.
  • The S&P 500 is up 25+% since March 23 low.
  • The Federal Reserve announces $2.3 trillion in New Programs.
While that's a lot to take in, new listings continue to come to market and buyers continue to actively search for homes. To get a better sense of listings in NYC and the New Jersey Shore, please click my website link below and use the Home Search menu options.

Be well, stay safe, and please let me know if you have questions or need assistance.

All the Best, 
Steven Segretta
Halstead Property, LLC
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