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03/31/2020 - Regarding showings, measurements, and photographs
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The NC Governor’s Executive Order 121 includes real estate as an essential service, but it DOES NOT preempt or supersede any local order, which includes more restrictive guidelines. If you are living or operating in a local area (county or municipality) with a more restrictive order on real estate activity, YOU MUST COMPLY WITH IT.  


Here is a list of counties covered by Canopy where (as of this time, 3/31/2020) real estate brokerage is considered non-essential.

  1. Mecklenburg/Charlotte Stay At Home Order and clarification on real estate services in Mecklenburg County
    • The Mecklenburg Stay at Home Ordinance limited real estate to appraisal and title. 
    • The clarification Mecklenburg County issued on March 28 appears to limit real estate brokerage activity to final walk through prior to closing, and closings, and only where there is money vested either by way of earnest money or mortgage loan commitment.
    • Mecklenburg County has not addressed other issues such as obtaining new listings, general showings even if vacant, measuring and photography unless done virtually.  We are working on these issues.
    • As far as new construction, Mecklenburg’s ordinance acknowledges it as an essential service, and the ordinance states that it shall be interpreted broadly. 
  2. Cabarrus Stay At Home Order  –  Update 3/31/20 5 p.m. from non-essential to essential. 
  3. Buncombe Stay At Home Order - Have ordered NO SHOWINGS until April 9
  4. Madison Stay At Home Order and supplemental guidance – Have ordered NO SHOWINGS until April 9
  5. Henderson Stay At Home Order - Update 3/31/2020 from non-essential to essential.


This is not intended to be legal advice.  For more guidance, call the government entity that issued the order:

Mecklenburg:  704-353-1926
Cabarrus 704-920-1213
Madison 828-649-0755
Henderson: 828-697-4809
Buncombe: 828-250-5300
North Carolina hotline: 866-462-3821

Note: ShowingTime cannot turn off showings on a county-by-county basis; it is all or nothing. You may want to consider changing your showing instructions in ShowingTime.

For more information on local associations and counties covered by Canopy where real estate is essential and now fall under the NC State Order (click here).


We will continue to keep you updated as new information is confirmed.

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