ALL COVID-19 UPDATES
Updated: a day ago
Office closed - working remotely to answer phone, answer emails and will accept emergency appointments from 9 to 10 a
ZOOM online membership meeting every Tuesday morning at 9:30 am.
SCRAR private member group on Facebook. Click here.
MLS Tours are currently canceled until April 29 - unless prohibited.
The Fair Housing and 1031 continuing education courses are postponed until June/July - unless prohibited.
SCRAR MLS put out a memo regarding special requirements for input of listings that allows a SELLER to direct his Broker to withdraw a listing due to COVID-19 concerns - or - put special showing remarks in the PUBLIC remarks to alert Brokers and Buyers of no-showings until a specific date.
Your Association is Here to Help Keep You Operating
Be assured, while your NMAR staff may not always be at the office, they are available to answer your questions via email.
We encourage you to take proactive steps to help prevent the spread of illnesses, including coronavirus and the seasonal flu. Stay healthy and safe.
Legal Hotline - Form 1500 Coronavirus Addendum/Amendment - in Transaction Desk - YOU MUST LOG IN to get this form as NMAR forms are ONLY for REALTOR members.
Legal Hotline - Covid Info Sheet on website.
April 2 - Due to the coronavirus issues, Ashley Strauss-Martin, NMAR General Counsel, has created new and updated (Covid-19) forms (1500-1504) that you can use now. By clicking the link below (gold button), you can view the video synopsis and download each of the forms to use today. These following forms will also be in your forms library shortly. Click here to read more.
Boards & Commissions Procedures During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (CLICK HERE FOR NOTICE)
Approval for Distance Education During the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency (CLICK HERE FOR NOTICE)
Boards & Commissions Notice of Closure of Non-Essential Services (CLICK HERE FOR NOTICE)
Public Notice of Renewal Process and Continuing Education (CLICK HERE FOR NOTICE)
Public Notice of Suspension of Fingerprint Submission for License Renewal (CLICK HERE FOR NOTICE)
To report non-compliance to public health emergency order call: 1-833-551-0518
March 26 - Congress Reaches Deal on $2 Trillion Stimulus Package. The package includes a provision that the National Association of REALTORS® advocacy team has strongly worked alongside Congress to achieve—an inclusion of unemployment aid that also would apply to independent contractors, a category that traditionally is not included in unemployment laws but one that many real estate professionals fall into. Read more.
COVID-19 Advocacy FAQ - NAR's Federal Advocacy team has been working closely with Congress and the Administration to ensure the interests of REALTORS®and their clients are protected in any federal action in response to COVID-19, in addition to minimizing transaction disruptions during these very difficult circumstances.
March 26 - Summary of the Senate stimulus bill thus far. This bill still needs to pass the House (either tomorrow or this weekend if there are any snags). This is not the final version, given that. Because the attached doc will change.
April 3 - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides relief to families, small businesses, and individuals who are self-employed and independent contractors. A key provision in the law creates a temporary “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance” program that extends unemployment benefits to those not traditionally eligible, including self-employed individuals. Below is a summary of the program that will be updated with guidance anticipated from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The NAR FAQs on Unemployment Assistance under the CARES Act is now available - click here.
As part of NAR’s relaunched Right Tools, Right Now initiative, starting right now, NAR is funding 2 months of telemedicine at no cost to members who sign-up by April 15, 2020. Through Members TeleHealth℠ you and your family can access professional medical advice from the comfort of your own home 24/7/365. Enrollment is limited, so before enrolling, we ask that you check your insurance first. You may already have access to telemedicine. And if that’s the case, please utilize those resources. Enroll here.
April 7 - Putting Members First With the Right Tools, Right Now. In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, and its impact on the real estate industry, NAR is taking steps to support members through these uncertain times. The Right Tools, Right Now initiative, which was activated once before in 2009, makes new and existing NAR products and services available for FREE or at significant discounts – right now – and is available to REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations. https://www.nar.realtor/right-tools-right-now
The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department announced recently that it was granting a time extension until July 25, 2020 for small businesses to file tax returns and payments for Gross Receipt Taxes (GRT) collections and other withheld taxes. More here.
Small Business Development Center New Mexico resources here.
CAR legal counsel Scott Petersen just did a really great video on what to expect during the Coronovirus period for Colorado REALTOR members. https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoREALTORS/videos/649732002260902/
MVD Office Closures - Deactivating Manufacture Housing title WORKAROUND: Via Scott Florez: In the meantime, if you have any rushes, I can submit to my office. I do this for one of my lender clients who have chattel loans in which they send me the package to drop off at my office (they were using the main office which took 2-3 months). I just charge them my minimum service fee of $50.00 to ensure all the documents are their and then to drop off and collect at MVD. Naturally, my normal fee is higher because I'm the one who is preparing all of the documentation. Scott Florez Owner/Manager, Title Land Consulting LLC Mobile: 505-217-8988 | Fax: 505-213-1685 Email: email@example.com | Website: www.titlelandconsulting.com Address: 5935 Sleepy Nights Road NW, Albuquerque NM 87114
Septic Inspection Update: According to Priscilla, NMED is not currently sending inspectors, and has just authorized HEI to do state inspections on their behalf. HEI can do any necessary repairs, or any other septic contractor can be used, and they will then do a final inspection. She said they can also help customers get unpermited systems registered (for a fee). Call Priscilla directly and she can give you a complete update: 538-2152 ****READ HERE FOR UPDATED INFO - April 6
SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM - Overview. The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Click here.
NAR's e-PRO® certification program helps REALTORS® master the advanced digital marketing techniques of today. With the e-PRO® certification, REALTORS® increase their ability to reach customers, expand their capabilities, and build trust by safeguarding client information. Through May 31, 2020, the 12 hour e-PRO® Certification Course is FREE (normally $219) when taken through the Center for REALTOR® Development, and all application fees will be reduced to $74.50 (normally $149). For the application fee discount, use code epro50appfee in the payment portal. https://epro.realtor/
The CE Shop - Technology Tools, Trends, and Risk Management (Training Elective)This looks like a great CE course on technology - use the April promo code TECH30 to save at checkout. 4 ce hours. Click here.
Nikon has made its entire curriculum of online photography classes free until the end of April. Now through April 30th, all 10 classes available at the Nikon School can be streamed for free. The classes are normally priced anywhere between $15 to $50 each. https://www.nikonevents.com/us/live/nikon-school-online/
SOFTWARE AND APP RESOURCES
Homesnap | Homesnap Crash Course to Finding Seller Leads and can be accessed here |