The go-to for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and it’s impact on real estate for Fredericksburg Area Realtors®
Per updated CDC and Commonwealth of Virginia guidance, FAAR will no longer be requiring masks for vaccinated individuals. Members are welcome to continue wearing a mask at their discretion. The FAAR staff is fully vaccinated and eager to see smiling faces again! All capacity and distancing requirements will sunset as of June 1. Please check out the FAAR calendar for great upcoming virtual and in-person events at www.faarmembers.com/calendar
Looking for vaccination information? FXBG region residents can fill out the form at http://vaccinate.mwhc.com to register for Mary Washington Healthcare’s vaccine list.
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 or Zoom, contact
Lauren Zuza, Communications Director
For questions regarding legislative developments, contact
Kim McClellan, Public Policy Director
For other issues or concerns, contact
Pat Breme, CEO
Watch the new video series “Locked in with Kim” for interviews with local businesses and people of interest. CEO Pat Breme rounds out the series! View them all here!
Coronavirus Impact on the Housing Market Facebook Live Series
Virginia REALTORS® Flash Surveys
Coronavirus Guidance for REALTORS®
Quick Reference Guide on Health Insurance Coverage
Congress and the Administration enacted a number of public policy changes to help bolster health insurance plans and ease requirements for more individuals to obtain treatment & insurance.
Coronavirus Emergency Legislation: What REALTORS® Need to Know
Summaries of phases II and III of the Federal Coronavirus Relief Package are available here. As more guidance is released by the Administration on how these new programs will be implemented, updates will be provided.
Coronavirus Resources and Guidance for Employers
Employers can view a sample preparedness plan in addition to OSHA and ADA resources. Additional guidance provides employers with detailed steps they can take to protect employees.
Coronavirus Resources for Property Owners
The following resources provide property owners with assistance during the COVID-19 crisis including information from banks, bank regulators, the American Land Title Association, mortgage insurers, the CFPB, the Department of Labor, the Federal Housing Administration, the IRS, and SBA Loans.
Coronavirus Guidance: Commercial Real Estate
Look here for a few resources to help guide commercial REALTORS® as they navigate the changing landscape in the industry including free classes and tools, legislative and advocacy efforts, transactional guidance, and more.
Virginia REALTORS® answers your questions like
How can I apply for unemployment?
What financial assistance is available to me if my income has been impacted by COVID-19?
What assistance is available to small business owners or sole proprietors that are negatively impacted by COVID-19?
Can I apply for both unemployment benefits and an SBA loan?
As a business owner, are there benefits I need to offer to my employees as a result of Federal legislation?
Are independent contractors entitled to paid leave? What do I need to know if I own a multifamily rental property?
What if I am having trouble making my own mortgage payment?
The National Association of REALTORS® answers your questions like
What is the SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program?
Who is eligible for the SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program?
How do I apply for the SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program?
What is an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Grant?
Who is eligible for an EIDL?
How do I apply for an EIDL Loan and EIDL Grant?
Moving Your Business Forward
You’re finding new ways to move forward and we’re here to help. Whether it’s classes to keep your skills up, strategies to work remotely, or information to keep you and your clients informed, we’ve got you covered.
How can I still sell homes?
Bright Steps: Virtual Open House Option Now Available
Bright Steps: Take advantage of Temporarily Off-Market (Temp Off)
How to host a Successful Virtual Open House article and class recording
How to Optimize your Online Bios for Success!
Should we continue to hold open houses during the COVID-19 pandemic?
NAR strongly urges members to use virtual showings and to limit in-person activity in all other respects to the greatest extent possible, even where real estate is deemed an “essential service.” Adherence to applicable state and local executive orders is a minimum requirement, and in some instances, may even preclude open houses, in-person showings and limit the number of individuals permitted at a showing. Regardless, REALTORS have the special responsibility and mandate to take all necessary health and safety precautions, and should lead by example by conducting their services in a responsible manner, which includes leveraging virtual technology solutions and avoiding in-person contact to the greatest extent possible in order to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19 in their communities.
View the slides or recording from the 4-30-2020 Economist Panel cohosted with NVAR
Bright MLS releases updated guidelines
FEMA is extending the grace period to renew policies from 30 to 120 days in order to help NFIP policyholders experiencing financial hardships.
DPOR extends license renewal/expiration deadline to June 10, 2020 | More details at http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/COVID-19/
Spotsylvania Courthouse issues update on operations
FABA’s list of county operations
Covid-19 Sales Contract Addenda
Access Virginia REALTORS sales contract addendum and other resources at https://virginiarealtors.org/coronavirus/
View the VR Legal Live on the COVID-19 addendum https://www.facebook.com/107430917038/videos/241574513560395/
Access NVAR’s sales contract addendum info at https://www.nvar.com/realtors/news/open-for-business/nvar-notices/2020/03/19/nvar-covid-19-addendum
NVAR video on Covid-19 Addendum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrBW-iU_xZk&t