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RIAR and MLS ask Realtors to refrain from holding open houses

Warwick, R.I. – March 21, 2020 — The Rhode Island Association of Realtors (RIAR) and its subsidiary, State-Wide Multiple Listing Service (MLS), are calling upon all Rhode Island Realtors to stop holding open houses until further notice to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. RIAR and MLS urge members to use modern technology instead.

“The priority of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors is the well-being of our members and customers. With more than 5000 Realtors across the state, we need to be community leaders and do all that we can to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further,” said Shannon Buss, President of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.

“We realize that Realtors will continue to receive requests from sellers for home tours, whether through open houses or private showings. It’s our job to educate them about tools like virtual tours that are available through MLS. In today’s online world, MLS has more options than ever before for conducting business remotely,” said Chris Whitten, President of State-Wide MLS.

The Rhode Island Association of Realtors and State-Wide MLS have worked with state and municipal agencies to keep members informed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Realtors in need of information can find updates on

“I appreciate the Rhode Island Association of Realtors heeding the call and limiting public gatherings of more than ten people. Rhode Islanders have all stepped up to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and this move will help,” commented Governor Gina Raimondo.



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Hi everyone, I have a small 3D/VR and drone photography business. I am currently only providing VR service for unoccupied homes. I hate to turn business away but felt this was a necessary and important practice during this difficult and scary time. What do realtors think?