As Florida Reopens, Brokers Confident Retail Closures Will Be Filled

Despite the fact that COVID-19 is still spreading in Florida — a tracking group’s dashboard reported 3,266 new cases and 106 deaths on Tuesday — and warnings from health officials that there could be a resurgence in cases this fall, Florida has mostly reopened under political and economic pressures. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed an executive order bringing the state into Phase 3 of his reopening plan, lifting occupancy restrictions on restaurants and businesses.

Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is home to small boutiques, bars and restaurants.

The retail real estate market in South Florida has seemed to reflect an eagerness to get back to business. Although some business owners expressed nervousness that mask-wearing and social distancing requirements would now fall to individual establishments to decide, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association CEO Carol Dover told the Miami Herald that bar and restaurant owners were thrilled at reopening, and patrons packed into

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Real Estate Agents vs. Brokers vs. Realtors

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Americans are snapping up homes. The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes rose almost 25% in July from a year before, a huge jump brought about by the intersection of two factors: low interest and the coronavirus pandemic.         

“People having to isolate forced them to evaluate their living situation, whether they owned or were renting,” says Jeff Belzer, a Realtor with Jeff Belzer & Associates at LIV Sotheby’s Realty in Ventura, California. “We’re seeing people who are homeowners wanting to buy bigger homes, and a lot of first-time homebuyers.” 

The current low interest rates, Belzer adds, “are opening up new opportunities for people.”  

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Governor Inslee’s office recently announced an important change to COVID-19 protocols for Phase 2 counties.


In-person activities including showings, inspections, appraisals, and final walk-throughs may now include up to five (5) persons (including the broker). 


The prior Phase 2 restrictions limited the number of persons on site to three (3) persons (including the broker). 


Please note: Open houses are still NOT permitted in Phase 2 counties. 


The other protocols for in-person activities must continue to be followed in all counties, including: 


  • In-person activities must be by appointment only;

  • Face coverings are required to be worn at all times by real estate brokers, their clients, and industry partners (e.g. appraisers, inspectors, photographers, stagers, etc.). Brokers may not provide services to any client who does not wear a face covering.

  • The persons on-site must strictly

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