After much consideration by the FAAR Board of Directors, the decision has been made to postpone events and classes through the month of April and close the FAAR office through March 31st. Our main priority is to keep our members and staff safe and healthy. With that in mind, we are exercising an abundance of caution until public health officials deem the threat of coronavirus exposure to be significantly reduced. As you may also know, NAR is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. Based on questions from REALTOR® associations and real estate brokerages, NAR is providing guidance for REALTORS® for use in your day-to-day business, including how to approach open houses, driving clients to showings, and workplace precautions in addition to information on the major provisions of HR 6201. The PDFs are available to download below.
We invite you to widely share this guidance with your teams, offices, and others.
As for open houses we feel the guide published by the National Association of Realtors and sent out to millions of members adequately covers how best to protect oneself and clients. We cannot mandate or dictate the business practices of brokers between their agents and clients. We can however, continue our outward messaging encouraging people to use best judgement and adopt internal company rules that limit risk and exposure during this time, and we WILL continue to do that. You, as a member who cares, can be our best help by sharing this information we’ve shared with you and encourage your colleagues to adopt safe and best practices.
What does FAAR class and event postponement mean for you? No action is required on your part. You will be automatically registered for rescheduled events and classes. FAAR leadership and staff will continue to monitor this developing situation and schedule postponed events accordingly. With the ability to work remotely, FAAR does not anticipate interruption in services— FAAR staff will be available via email during this time.
Impacted Events and Classes: The following events and classes are POSTPONED until further notice. The next CE/PL sessions will be offered in June.
3/20 Latte and Learn-Radon (rescheduled to 7/21)
3/23 March is for Members Day of Education
3/25 Broker Management (rescheduled to 5/5)
3/30 Success Series (rescheduled TBA)
4/1 New Member Ethics (rescheduled to 6/3)
4/2 New Member Orientation (rescheduled to 6/4)
4/2 YPN Networking at BJs (rescheduled to 6/4)
4/2 80s Dance Party RPAC fundraiser (rescheduled TBA)
4/3 Latte and Learn: Fraud (rescheduled to 5/8)
4/7, 4/9 CE (rescheduled to 6/9 & 6/11)
4/7, 4/9, 4/14, 4/16 PL (rescheduled to 6/9, 6/11, 6/16, 6/18)
4/14 Tech Time Workshop (rescheduled to 5/12)
4/15 Marketing and Lead Gen class (rescheduled TBA)
4/22 VHDA class (rescheduled to 5/26)
4/23 REALTOR Awards Lunch (rescheduled TBA)
Committee meetings: At this point, any change in the Committee meeting schedule is at the discretion of the Chair and Vice Chair. Individual committees will receive communication from either the Chair or the Staff Liaison on the status of that particular meeting.
Future events: If additional events or classes need to be cancelled or postponed, FAAR will email all individuals registered for those activities and also share information on our website at faarmembers.com/news, in our weekly newsletter, and across all of our social media channels.
REALTORS are good Neighbors: As schools, businesses and services close in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, many nonprofits remain open. Their dedicated workers and volunteers are facing increased need and diminishing donations. Here are a few ways you can help:
–Donate to your favorite charitable organization online.
–Order food online to ship directly to the local food bank.
–Shop for an elderly/ill neighbor, and check on them by phone to see if they need food or prescriptions, to lighten the demand on nonprofits and emergency responders.
–Call a friend, neighbor or acquaintance who lives alone and may be struggling.
Staff Contacts for Services
For questions regarding Membership or Lockboxes, contact
Lori Hillard Wehr, Membership Services Director
For questions regarding Education or DPOR credits contact
Barbara Castillo, Professional Development Director
For questions regarding faarmembers.com, contact
Lauren Zuza, Communications Director
For other issues or concerns, contact
Pat Breme, CEO
We appreciate your patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience. Stay healthy, FAAR members!
Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS®
In response to the growing concerns about COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, NAR is providing this guidance to help REALTORS® respond to the coronavirus’s impact on the real estate industry. This guide also links to the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers.
Impact of H.R. 6201 “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” on NAR Members
Early in the morning of March 14, 2020, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201 by a wide margin. It is expected to be taken up by the Senate early next week. Click for the major provisions affecting REALTORS®, Brokers, and Real Estate Associations.
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Click below to visit the CDC’s website