The National Association of REALTORS® is providing guidance to help REALTORS® respond to COVID-19 – commonly referred to as coronavirus – and its impact on the real estate industry and real estate transactions. Any updates from NAR and its response to the coronavirus emergency will be collected on this page. NAR has issued information and guidance for the following:

Coronavirus Guidance for REALTORS®  |  Property Owners  |  Commercial Real Estate  |  Employers  |  Workplace Re-Entry   |  MLSs  |  REALTOR® Associations

Read details about the federal government's actions and its effect on real estate professionals:

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Impact on Real Estate Market

Housing Hardship Index: Coronavirus Crushes Some State Economies, Spares Others (Bankrate, Jul. 27, 2020)

How Well Is the Real Estate Market Recovering? (The New York Times, Jul. 23, 2020)

Home Prices May Be Dropping Soon. Here’s Why (Curbed, Jul. 23, 2020)

From Warehouses to Office Space, Real-Estate Markets Are Getting Turned Upside Down. Here's a Look at Key Trends and Must-Know Deals (Business Insider, Jul. 22, 2020)

Opinion: Look What Happened to Home Prices When the Coronavirus Sent Stocks into a Bear Market (MarketWatch, Jul. 21, 2020)

5 Ways the Coronavirus Has Changed Suburban Real Estate (The New York Times, Jul. 17, 2020)

Coronavirus Recession Delays Homeownership Prospects For 22 Million Americans (Forbes, Jul. 15, 2020)

Why a Pandemic, Recession, and Protests Aren't Keeping the Housing Market from Roaring Back (realtor.com®, Jul. 13, 2020)

These Housing Markets Are Most At Risk For A Coronavirus-Driven Downturn (Forbes, Jul. 10, 2020)

Lockdowns Ease in New York City and Other Major Cities, But Commercial Real Estate Still Tied in Knots (MarketWatch, Jun. 23, 2020)

Housing Markets in Tech Hubs Likely to Recover Faster from Pandemic (Housing Wire, Jun. 18, 2020)

Coronavirus Has Changed the Real Estate Market and What Buyers Want (CBS Boston, Jun. 18, 2020)

The Real Estate Market Heats Up: Housing Demand Is 25% above Pre-Pandemic Levels (Housing Wire, Jun. 15, 2020)

These Housing Markets are Closest to Recovering from COVID-19 Setbacks (Forbes, Jun. 12, 2020)

The New Rules of Buying and Selling a House in a Coronavirus World (CNN Business, Jun. 12, 2020)

The Coronavirus, Real Estate, and You: Everything You Need to Know Now (realtor.com®, 2020)

Long-Term Implications of the Pandemic

Mortgage and Real Estate Trends to Watch for in the Rest of 2020 (MarketWatch, Jul. 28, 2020)

What the Post-Pandemic Housing Market Might Look Like, According to the CEO of Century 21 (Fortune, Jul. 17, 2020)

Home Buying and Selling Went Virtual During the Pandemic. Can It Stay That Way? (CNBC, Jul. 11, 2020)

How COVID-19 Will Transform Real Estate Loan Docs: Part 1 (Law360, Jun. 16, 2020)

Covid Will Have Larger Impact on Commercial Than Residential Real Estate, Says New York Architect (Mansion Global, Jun. 15, 2020)

Millennial Homeownership Could Be Delayed By Years As COVID-19 Eats Into Down Payment Savings (realtor.com®, Jun. 8, 2020)

Searches for Homes with Pools Are Rising During Pandemic, Real Estate Brokerage CEO Says (CNBC, May 20, 2020)

How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Real Estate Over Time? (Homelight, May 18, 2020)

5 Indicators That Will Show When the Housing Market Is Rebounding From COVID-19 (HousingWire, Apr. 7, 2020)

Reopening Workplaces

How Workplaces Can Keep Employees Safe During the Pandemic (World Economic Forum, Jul. 15, 2020)

A Rush to Reopen Could Undo New Yorkers’ Hard Work against COVID-19 (Scientific American, Jul. 12, 2020)

CDC Freshens Guidelines for Reopening Businesses (EHS Today, Jun. 1, 2020)

Amid Slow Return to Workplaces, COVID-19 Precautions Abound (Gallup, Jun. 8, 2020)

As Businesses Reopen, Workplace Testing Is the ‘Wild West’ (Pew, Jun. 8, 2020)

Guidance on Returning to Work (Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Jun. 2020)

The Cubicle Is Back. Blame (or Thank) the Coronavirus (Wired, Apr. 30, 2020)

Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace (Cushman & Wakefield, Apr. 30, 2020)

5 Steps To Reopen Your Workplace, According To CDC’s Latest Guidance (Fisher Phillips, Apr. 20, 2020)

What Will Tomorrow’s Workplace Bring? More Elbow Room, for Starters (New York Times, Apr. 7, 2020)

Prepare your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19 (CDC, Apr. 4, 2020)

Preparing Your Business to Reopen After Coronavirus Outbreak (NOLO, Apr. 2020)

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act (EEOC, Rev. Mar. 21, 2020)

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Guidance from NAR

Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS®

Learn to navigate important issues regarding COVID-19, such as shelter-in-place, fair housing guidance, transaction guidance and more.

Coronavirus: SBA CARES Act FAQs

Many REALTORS® are small businesses, or work with them as clients. Find out what provisions are available in the CARES Act for small businesses.

Pivot in Place

Video series. Each week, a member of NAR's 2020 Leadership Team shares tips and updates on the real estate industry during this unprecedented time.