The answer is YES!
As of March 28th, the California Association of Realtors announced that real estate has been established as an essential industry. This includes both residential and commercial real estate, as well as settlement services in California. The Association stated that all CDC and local health mandates should be followed. The guidelines specifically state no open houses should be held and showings should be done virtually.
City and county restrictions, though, still take precedent over state and federal guidelines. If a city or county has an order with a more restrictive standard regarding essential services, or any restrictions on what can be done, those guidelines take precedent. While Los Angeles County does not appear to list real estate as an essential business, the county allows non-essential businesses to conduct operations online, by phone or by allowing employees to work from home.
Please let us know if you are actively seeking to purchase and/or sell real estate at this time. We are available to provide consultations virtually via Zoom.
Source: California Association of Realtors, The Eastsider LA