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TIGAR Coronavirus Guide

Have A Question? Ask Away!

The facts around COVID-19 and how it impacts real estate are changing fast. TIGAR wants to help you keep up with what you need to know. If you have questions about how closures, public access, stay-at-home orders and other virus impacts will affect you and your clients, please email those to Paul Herrera, Government Affairs Director, at paul@tigar.org. Paul is working to research answers.

The more specific the question, the better. Paul is in contact with officials at every level of government to help address the questions. If it involves a city (such as a code enforcement action or permit processing), please let us know which city and the situation. If it involves a county office (Recorder, Treasurer-Tax Collector) please let us know the office and county.

We plan to use your questions to provide answers to our members on a range of topics and build a knowledge base that we will update as new answers and new situations come up. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

NAR Offers Members TeleHealthSM to Realtors® at No Cost in Response to COVID-19 Crisis
Group will fund two months of telemedicine for members who lack access to service

The National Association of Realtors® announced Thursday that it will be expanding access to Members TeleHealthSM at no cost to its members for those who register before April 15. The program comes as part of NAR’s larger ‘Right Tools, Right Now’ initiative – relaunched on March 27 – which is making numerous valuable resources available to the association’s 1.4 million members at reduced or no cost. 

“While the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, we are doing everything we can to ensure our members and their families can stay safe, healthy and secure,” said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. “After launching ‘Right Tools, Right Now’ last week, we promised to closely monitor the effects of this pandemic and update the initiative as needed. I’m pleased to announce today the addition of Members TeleHealthSM, a long-term REALTOR Benefits® partner offering, to the RTRN toolkit.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) | Key Provisions for Individuals and Businesses | Morgan Stanley

The $2 trillion stimulus bill signed into law on March 27th, 2020 aims to address economic and industry impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic from a variety of perspectives, including tax relief, grants and loan assistance, healthcare and education provisions, and more. Here are some of the key provisions to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for both individuals and businesses.

NEW Forms Released for COVID – the RLA-CAA and PEAD

C.A.R. today released two new forms: One is a Listing Agreement Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment (RLA-CAA) for sellers and listing agents to sign, and the other is a Property Viewing Advisory and Declaration (PEAD) that is to be given to and signed by the seller, buyer, agents and anyone else who will be entering a property. The forms can be accessed here.

Monday, March 30, 2020

CAR Best Practices Guidelines

As you have likely already heard, real estate has been added to the list of “essential” services in California. Of course, this now allows you to continue your business as a REALTOR, however, you still MUST follow the social distancing guidelines.

Safety has been and should remain our top priority. If we are not safe, our business will suffer. Please be aware that practicing your business does not make you exempt from the social distancing guidelines put into place to slow the spread of COVID-19. For this reason, CAR has put together a list of guidelines for you to practice in order to keep your business running in a safe manner. See below for a few points to keep in mind, then view or download the guide.

  • Showings should be done virtually.
  • All activities should be completed electronically, if at all possible.
  • Only a single agent and no more than two other individuals are to be in a dwelling at the same time during a showing. If other persons are necessary for a showing, they should wait outside or in their vehicles to observe the social distance guidelines.
  • Sellers are to be advised that they should not be present within a dwelling at the same time as other individuals. If a seller insists on remaining on the property, that seller is to agree to the terms and sign the declaration that is required for persons entering the property.
  • Agents should read and understand the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to protect yourself. This is critically important!
  • Any persons on the property must agree to adhere strictly to the social distancing guidelines at all times by remaining at least six feet apart per the recommendations established by the CDC. 
  • Sellers and buyers must be expressly made aware of the risks of showing and visiting properties: that it may be dangerous or unsafe and could expose them or others to coronavirus (COVID-19). Sellers and buyers must be advised of their responsibilities pertaining to COVID-19 protocols regarding social distancing and other CDC guidelines.
  • The agreement of the seller allowing any person entering onto the property or into the dwelling must be expressly obtained from the seller. 
  • Unless absolutely necessary, communications with clients should be done via electronic means or by telephone. In person conversations should be minimized unless absolutely necessary.

Read the entire Best Practices Guide.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Evictions Suspended Statewide

Governor Newsom has made the decision to suspend evictions for all of California, effective immediately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This order is currently in place until May 31, 2020. For more detailed information, view the Executive Order.

DRE Extends Exam Suspension

The Department of Real Estate (DRE) has extended their previous cancellation of exam center testing from April 7, 2020 to April 30, 2020. This action is being taken to comply with state and local public health agencies ordering residents to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Examinees with questions or concerns regarding canceled exams can contact DRE’s Licensing program at (877) 373-4542 or by email at Ask.DRELicensing@dre.ca.gov.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

CRMLS is restricting Open House feature

In light of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order and CAR’s recommendations, CRMLS is in the process of removing open house options from all CRMLS systems.
Find more information here: https://www.carcovidupdates.org/stay-at-home-guidelines.

NAR’s Advocacy Work Towards COVID-19 Relief

The National Association of REALTORS® has been responding to a flurry of legislative activity aimed at providing economic relief from COVID-19. NAR is committed to ensuring that lawmakers continue to take into consideration the real estate industry, including independent contractors and small business owners. NAR has urged lawmakers(link is external) “to recognize the millions of self-employed workers of America that lack the benefits and financial aid offered to traditional W-2 employees.”

Read more about NAR’s efforts.

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