Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Keeping you up to speed on the California coronavirus outbreak from the

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

C.A.R. encourages all members to stay up to date on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, which is currently sweeping the globe. We will be updating this website regularly with information on C.A.R. events, market implications and advice for California REALTORS®, home buyers, home sellers and renters. 

UPDATE: AUGUST 8, 2020, 3:21 P.M.

President Trump signs executive order on stimulus aid relief

With Congress unable to reach a deal on the next coronavirus relief package, President Trump on Saturday signed executive orders that would extend enhanced federal unemployment benefits, cut payroll taxes for some employees, continue a temporary ban on evictions and defer student loans.

It’s unclear whether Trump has the legal authority to make such changes on his own, because the power to collect taxes, spend money and write laws rests with Congress. The impact of the orders may be limited, and legal challenges are expected.

Congress has been unable to agree on how much to provide for unemployment insurance, whether to continue delaying student loan payments, whether Congress should impose an eviction moratorium, or help renters make payments, and how much to provide to help schools reopen and to help state and local governments weather the crisis.

Read the Los Angeles Times story.

 

UPDATE: AUGUST 6, 2020, 10:40 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new California Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

  • The Economy & Your Finances: U.S. economy reports record-breaking decline

  • The Market & Industry: Housing sector remains strong

  • Around the State: State deaths pass 9k, Central Valley new hotspot

  • Health Check-Up: Vaccine could be available by 2021

Read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: JULY 31, 2020, 2:40 P.M.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application deadline is Aug. 8.

 

The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan is Saturday, August 8, 2020. For some members, a PPP loan may be a way to replace income lost during the pandemic without having to repay a loan. Borrowers can potentially get 100% of their PPP loan forgiven, which means the loan will become a grant and will not need to be repaid. Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and other self-employed individuals all qualify for PPP loans. Most real estate brokers and real estate firms are therefore likely to qualify.

 

One common question has been whether a PPP loan must be reported by members receiving unemployment or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Neither the California EDD nor the U.S. Department of Labor have provided guidance on this issue.

 

However, since the $600 federal addition to UI or PUA benefits has ended (as of July 25), many members are reconsidering whether it makes sense to apply for a PPP loan now, even if they are eligible for PUA or UI benefits. Members without employees may be eligible for fully forgivable loans up to $20,833.

 

While there is no guidance on whether recipients of a PPP loan must report loan proceeds when certifying for benefits, the California EDD has said it is safest to report the proceeds until guidance is available from the appropriate government agencies. It’s important to note that reporting the PPP proceeds could impact receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or regular unemployment benefits for eight weeks, so members should consider the potential trade off before deciding to apply for a PPP loan.

 

Entities making PPP loans include banks, financial technology companies, and credit unions. Applications must be submitted to the lender rather than to the SBA directly. To apply, contact your regular bank, another brick and mortar bank, or various FinTech companies providing PPP loans. Information on such entities can be found in our SBA Loan FAQ, found at the link below.

 

More information about PPP loans can be found here: SBA Loan FAQs for Agents. General questions regarding the PPP loan forgiveness process should be directed to the COVID Relief Hotline at 213-351-8450 or covidreliefhotline@car.org.

 

UPDATE: JULY 29, 2020, 10:04 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new California Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Unemployment rises, stimulus package negotiations begin

  • The Market & Industry: Wave of upcoming evictions anticipated

  • Around the State: California is a "new New York"

  • Health Check-Up: Moderna's vaccine study begins final testing phase

Read the full issue here.

JULY 22, 2020, 10:45 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new California Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Additional $600 weekly federal unemployment to end this week

  • The Market & Industry: Calif. market rebounded in June

  • Around the State: 90 percent of Calif. students to start school year online

  • Health Check-Up: Results from early vaccine trials encouraging

Read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: JULY 16, 2020, 10:15 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new California Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Federal taxes due today, $600 extra weekly unemployment to end July 25

  • The Market & Industry: Buyer demand on the rise, renters facing significant challenges

  • Around the State: Newsom shuts down all bars, indoor restaurants and more

  • Health Check-Up: Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces

 

Read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: JULY 13, 2020, 5:58 P.M.

Governor Newsom’s Shutdown Order of 7/13 Does Not Affect Brokers or Offices

 

On Monday, July 13, Governor Newsom issued a new shutdown order — this order does not affect the current practices of real estate brokers or their offices. Based on updates to the State’s Industry Guidance for Real Estate Transactions made on July 2, C.A.R.’s legal team revised our Reopening Brokerage Offices FAQ. Today’s order requires no further changes to the FAQ because real estate remains an essential service. Remember to check to see if your city or county has stricter rules.

JULY 13, 2020, 10:07 A.M.

New Open House Guidance

On July 2, the Departments of Public Health and Cal/OSHA released new guidance on COVID-19, which included some points relating to real estate. While there were some changes in office opening, cleaning and other protocols that required minor changes to the BPPP and related forms, the new guidelines do not significantly change practices.    
 

“Open Houses” on a walk-in basis are still prohibited. All showings still require either an appointment or a digital sign-in process prior to entry, including completing a PEAD form. Any such showings still must follow these rules:
 

  1. Have protective equipment like masks and hand sanitizer made available.

  2. Thoroughly clean all shown properties and disinfect commonly used areas such as doors and doorknobs, cabinet handles, switches, etc.

  3. Control the number of people in the house by only allowing in one buying party at a time (which could consist of more than one person). The listing agent and buyer's agent may also be on the property at the same time.

  4. All showings require appointments OR digital sign-ins. 

Read more on car.org here.

 

JULY 8, 2020, 10:00 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Paycheck Protection Program extended

  • The Market & Industry: Recovery continues, eviction moratoria extended

  • Around the State: Cases spike statewide, 23 counties now on watchlist

  • Health Check-Up: Young adults represent bulk of new cases, transmission by aerosols raising concerns

 

Read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: JULY 6, 2020, 8:10 A.M.

Paycheck Protection Program Extension Signed Into Law

An extension of a $660 billion lending program in an effort to help small businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic has been signed into law..

 

The law keeps the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which expired June 30, operating for another five weeks through Aug. 8.

 

Created under the CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is an expansion of SBA’s 7(a) loan program for providing financial assistance to small businesses.

 

Businesses with fewer than 500 employees — including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and other self-employed individuals ­— all qualify for PPP loans. Most real estate brokers and real estate firms are therefore likely to qualify.

 

UPDATE: JULY 1, 2020, 10:00 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

In This Issue:

  • The Economy & Your Finances: New weekly unemployment claims fall nationwide, rise in California

  • The Market & Industry: Buyer demand rebounding

  • Around the State: Cases spike across the state

  • Health Check-Up: U.S. cases undercounted

Read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: JUNE 24, 2020, 10:00 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

In This Issue:

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Updates to PPP loan forgiveness

  • The Market & Industry: Fewer buyers and sellers withdrawing, fewer borrowers in forbearance

  • Around the State: All Californians must wear masks, hospitalizations hit all-time high

  • Health Check-Up: More young adults testing positive

Read the full issue here.

 

JUNE 17, 2020, 10:00 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

In This Issue:

  • The Economy & Your Finances: High unemployment projected to last throughout the year

  • The Market & Industry: Homebuying sentiment and demand increases

  • Around the State: Cases keep rising as California reopens

  • Health Check-Up: CDC releases new tips for daily activities

    Read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: JUNE 10, 2020, 10:00 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

  • The Economy & Your Finances: New modifications to the Paycheck Protection Program

  • The Market & Industry: Buyer interest rising, supply remains constrained

  • Around the State: Schools, bars and gyms to reopen even as cases rise

  • Health Check-Up: WHO recommends all individuals wear masks in shops, confined spaces

Read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: JUNE 3, 2020, 10:00 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Unemployment, consumer confidence beginning to stabilize

  • The Market & Industry: Mortgage applications rebounding, eviction moratoria extended

  • Around the State: Reopening accelerates

  • Health Check-Up: Pandemic picking up speed across the globe

You can read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: MAY 27, 2020, 10:30 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter


In This Issue:

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Unemployment sees an uptick

  • The Market & Industry: Mortgage applications and showings keep rising, but more declines expected

  • Around the State: Restrictions eased on retail, restaurants, places of worship (subject to county approval)

  • Health Check-Up: Hydroxychloroquine trial halted, anxiety over COVID-19 keeps patients from seeking treatment for other conditions

    You can read the full issue here.

     

UPDATE: MAY 22, 2020, 1 P.M.

NEW: Best Practices Guidelines, FAQs and Forms for Stage 2 Reopening of California
 
C.A.R. has developed new Best Practices Guidelines for Real Estate During COVID-19 in response to the COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Real Estate Transactions issued earlier this month by the California Departments of Public Health and Industrial Relations. The Industry Guidance document details physical distancing and cleaning/disinfecting practices REALTORS® must follow when showing properties as California enters stage 2 of reopening. Since the release of this document, C.A.R. has worked closely with these agencies to interpret and revise some of the restrictions in order to make them more manageable, while still focusing on the health and safety of our members, their clients and the community.
 
C.A.R.’s updated best practices guidelines are available in zipForm®. We urge you to read these guidelines carefully and to implement them at all times when showing properties. Always defer to the rules governing your local area, as cities and counties may have more stringent restrictions on real estate activity.
 
To further clarify California’s Industry Guidance document, we also have released two new FAQs — one on showing properties, and the other on reopening offices — as well as a legal Quick Guide on Complying with Industry Guidance Showing Rules. We have also released a “Posted Rules for Entry” (C.A.R. Document PRE) you can use to comply with the guidance that all agents must post rules, complete with pictograms, outside a property that all viewing the property must agree to before entering. These resources will provide you with a blueprint for efficiently incorporating the Industry Guidance into your real estate practice.
 
And next week, keep an eye out for the following forms and resources in zipForm®:

  • Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration - Visitor

  • Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration - Seller

  • Coronavirus Lease/Rental Property Entry Advisory and Declaration

  • Listing Agreement Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment

  • Posted Rules for Entry

  • Best Practices Guidelines for Real Estate During COVID-19
     

Please continue to check this website regularly for the latest information on how best to navigate practicing real estate during these challenging times.

 

UPDATE: MAY 20, 2020, 10:05 A.M.

C.A.R. releases step-by-step guides for the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

One guide is intended for real estate firms and sole proprietors with employees, and the other is intended for independent contractors and sole proprietors without employees.

 

UPDATE: MAY 19, 2020, 10:00 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

In This Issue:

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Looming budget cuts for California

  • The Market & Industry: Housing indicators show signs of life, California considers rent stabilization program

  • Around the State: Reopening begins in some counties

  • Health Check-Up: Debate over vaccine timeline, California allows testing at pharmacies

    You can read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: MAY 12, 2020, 10:00 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

In This Issue:

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Job losses continue to soar

  • The Market & Industry: Listings and closings on the rise

  • Around the State: California starts easing restrictions

  • Health Check-Up: Where to get tested, new guidelines for offices, mysterious syndrome impacting children
     

You can read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: MAY 7, 2020, 4:49 P.M.

California releases new guidance for real estate transactions

The California Departments of Public Health and Industry Relations have released Industry Guidance for Real Estate Transactions. This document provides guidance for businesses operating in the real estate industry including sales and rentals of single-family, multi-family, apartment, commercial, and industrial properties to support a safe, clean environment for workers.

The guidance envisions that as California enters Stage 2 of the “Resilience Roadmap” and begins to gradually reopen lower-risk workplaces, agents who show properties will adhere to policies designed to curb the spread of COVID-19. The document includes specific guidance with respect to drawing up specific plans for showing properties, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and physical distancing guidelines.

The state has also released a checklist to help real estate professionals implement their plans, which can be found here.

C.A.R. is reviewing these new documents and working to update our Best Practices Guidelines accordingly. Please note that this guidance does not supersede stricter local or county orders that may still place restrictions on real estate activity.

 

UPDATE: MAY 7, 2020, 8:00 A.M.

Step-by-step guidance for certification and other post-application information

Once your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits claim has been submitted, use this guide for the certification process.

UPDATE: MAY 5, 2020, 10:00 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of California Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

In This Issue:

The Economy & Your Finances: PUA application rollout mired by glitchy system

The Market & Industry: California market starting to show signs of life

Around the State: Tensions mount over when to reopen

Health Check-Up: New drug shows promise, debate on vaccine timeline continues

Read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: APRIL 28, 2020, 12:39 P.M.

Detailed instructions for completing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) applications

Starting this morning, April 28, REALTORS® can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) through the California Employment Development Department (EDD). PUA, a key component of the CARES Act, expands unemployment benefits eligibility to business owners, self-employed workers and independent contractors, including most REALTORS®.

 

California REALTORS® can apply for PUA through UI Online. You can create an account, file your claim, certify for continued benefits, verify your income and update your information.

 

To assist you with learning about and applying to this relief program, C.A.R. has created step-by-step illustrated instructions available here.

 

Additionally, we have extended the COVID Relief Hotline hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning today through Friday, May 1. Call the hotline at (213) 351-8450 for 24/7 support via SMS text and live support between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Or email us at covidreliefhotline@car.org and someone will respond within one business day. 

 

C.A.R. also will be providing webinars on Wednesday and Thursday on the application process. See the Webinars page on the coronavirus microsite for more details. You can also visit the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page on C.A.R.’s coronavirus website, which will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: APRIL 28, 2020, 8:30 A.M.

C.A.R. releases California Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

In This Issue:

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Applications open for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  • The Market & Industry: COVID-19 suppresses spring home buying season

  • Around the State: More testing needed before California reopens

  • Health Check-Up: Coronavirus circulated in U.S. earlier than expected, FDA cautions against hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine as treatments

You can read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: APRIL 27, 2020, 8:15 A.M.

 

Beginning April 28 at 8 a.m., REALTORS® will be able to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) through the California Employment Development Department (EDD). 

 

PUA, a key component of the CARES Act, expands unemployment benefits eligibility to business owners, self-employed workers and independent contractors, including most REALTORS®.

To assist you with learning about and applying to this and other relief programs, we have extended the COVID Relief Hotline’s hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April 28 to May 1. Additionally, C.A.R. will be providing webinars on the application process. See the Webinars page on the coronavirus microsite for more details. You can also visit the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page, which will be updated as more information becomes available.

According to California Secretary of Labor Julie Su, the fastest and most convenient way to apply for PUA will be through UI Online, where you can create an account, file your claim, certify for continued benefits, verify your income and update your information. If you are an independent contractor, even though you may be able to set up a UI Online account now, you will need to wait until 8 a.m. tomorrow to file your claim.

To qualify for PUA, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic — see the list below for what qualifies.

  • You are not eligible for traditional unemployment compensation.

  • You have exhausted any other unemployment benefits, if applicable.

  • You are not receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits.

  • You do not have the ability to work remotely with pay.
     

To be “unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” you must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • If you work as an independent contractor with reportable income, you may qualify for PUA benefits if you are unemployed, partially employed, or unable or unavailable to work because the COVID-19 public health emergency has severely limited your ability to continue performing your customary work activities, and has thereby forced you to stop working.

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking a medical diagnosis.

  • You are unable to work because a health care provider advised you to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.

  • A member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • You are providing care for a family member or a member of your household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • A child or other person in the household for whom you have primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 and the school or facility care is required for you to work.

  • You became the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19.

  • You have to quit your job as a direct result of COVID-19.

  • Your place of employment is closed as a direct result of COVID-19.

  • You were scheduled to start a job that is now unavailable as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

  • You are unable to reach the place of employment as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
     

PUA benefit payments to eligible applicants will be issued in phases. Initially, claims will be approved on an emergency basis. You will need to provide your total income for 2019 (including both W-2 and 1099 income) and self-certify that you meet the criteria above. The EDD will initially rely on your self-certifications and approve the base benefit of $167 per week within 24-48 hours. If additional information is needed, the EDD will contact you.
 

These base benefits are available for weeks starting February 2 and continuing for up to 39 weeks, depending on the effective date of your claim and your continued eligibility.  Additionally, the CARES Act provides a temporary increase of $600 per week that will be added to the base benefit for any eligible weeks between March 29 and July 25, so total benefits during this period will be $767 per week. These benefits will be paid on EDD debit cards mailed shortly following approval.
 

If the income you stated in the initial application indicates you would be entitled to more than the base benefit, the EDD will attempt to verify your income using other resources available to it. If the EDD needs additional information to document your income, they will contact you and may ask for documentation such as an annual tax return, 1099 forms, W-2 pay stubs or other documents that show your income.

UPDATE: APRIL 24, 2020, 9:55 A.M.

More REALTOR® relief on the way for SBA loan programs

 

President Trump has signed into law an interim spending bill allocating additional funds for emergency aid programs for small businesses. Many REALTORS® are eligible for these aid programs.

 

Specifically, the law allocates:

 

  • $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides forgivable loans to small businesses, including REALTORS®. Of this allocation, $60 billion has been set aside for community banks, credit unions, and community development financial institutions, which can better serve smaller businesses and minority-owned firms, organizations that are less likely to have an existing relationship with a larger bank.

 

  • $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, to provide $50 billion in loans and $10 billion in emergency grants to small businesses, including REALTORS®. 
     

  • $25 billion for coronavirus testing and $75 billion for hospitals.
     

Both the PPP and EIDL programs will proceed with the same eligibility criteria and application processes as they did prior to running out of funding last Thursday, April 16. These funds are expected to be expended very quickly. 

The SBA will make additional coronavirus-related financial assistance available to small businesses beginning on Monday.

 

For more information on these and other financial relief programs, see the REALTOR® Relief page.

UPDATE: APRIL 23, 2020, 3:15 P.M.

 

Congress approves bill to fund small business aid programs

Congress has passed an interim spending bill focused primarily on replenishing emergency aid programs for small businesses. These programs ran out of funds less than two weeks after the SBA began accepting applications. The bill allocates:

  • $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides forgivable loans to small businesses. 

  • $60 billion of the PPP allocation to be set aside exclusively for community banks, credit unions, and community development financial institutions, with the goal that it will reach smaller businesses. 

  • $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, to provide $50 billion in loans and $10 billion in emergency grants to small businesses. The EIDL program provides targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

  • $25 billion for coronavirus testing and $75 billion for hospitals.

Once replenished, both the PPP and EIDL programs are expected to have the same eligibility criteria and application processes as they did previously. For more information on these programs, see the REALTOR® Relief page. The bill now awaits the president’s signature.

UPDATE: APRIL 21, 2020, 2:11 P.M.

 

Senate passes bill to replenish SBA loan programs

 

The Senate has passed an interim spending bill that will replenish emergency aid programs for small businesses. The new bill allocates an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides forgivable loans to small businesses. This program ran out of funds last Thursday, less than two weeks after it began accepting applications. This bill allocates $60 billion to be set aside for community banks, credit unions, and community development financial institutions, with the goal that it will reach smaller businesses. This new bill also sets aside an additional $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, to provide $50 billion in loans and $10 billion in emergency grants to small businesses. This program also ran out of funds last Thursday.

 

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on the additional funding as soon as Thursday.

 

For more information on the PPP and EIDL programs, see the REALTOR® Relief page on C.A.R.’s coronavirus microsite.

UPDATE: APRIL 21, 2020, 10 A.M.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

In This Issue:

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Loan programs for small businesses run out of funds

  • The Market & Industry: Slowing market, millions of loans in forbearance nationwide

  • Around the State: Planning for the reopening of California

  • Health Check-up: Virus may be more widespread than initially thought, many of those infected show no symptoms

 

Read the full issue here.

UPDATE: APRIL 21, 2020, 9:10 A.M.

New video series on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

C.A.R. has released a new video series guiding you through some of the most frequently asked questions about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Watch the full series here.

 

UPDATE: APRIL 16, 2020, 5:50 P.M.

 

C.A.R. releases three new and four updated forms for use during the coronavirus pandemic

 

The following are new forms:
 

  • Coronavirus Lease/Rental Addendum or Amendment (Form CVA-LR), which can be attached to a lease agreement and creates a contractual agreement if the initial possession in the lease is affected by an unforeseen circumstance.

  • Notice of Unforeseen Lease/Rental Coronavirus Circumstance (Form NUCC-LR), which is to be used when the CVA-LR is part of the lease agreement and one party has an unforeseen circumstance that impacts the ability to perform under the purchase agreement.

  • Coronavirus Lease/Rental Property Entry Advisory and Declaration (PEAD-LR), is used for any visitor who is entering a property with a tenant or occupant, or when it is related to property management.

 

The following are forms that have been updated — if you have been using one of the following forms, be sure you switch to the updated version:

 

  • Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment (Form CVA)

  • Notice of Unforeseen Coronavirus Circumstance (Form NUCC)

  • Listing Agreement Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment (Form RLA-CAA)

  • Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration (Form PEAD)

 

You can access all these forms here. The updated forms are set to go live in zipForm® on Friday, and the new forms will be available in zipForm® on Monday.

 

UPDATE: APRIL 15, 2020, 10:53 A.M.

New Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter available

In This Issue:

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Relief is coming — slowly

  • The Market & Industry: Even with delays, market is still moving

  • Around the State: Stay-at-home unlikely to end soon

  • Health Check-Up: Antibody testing, racial disparities and guide for running errands

Read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: APRIL 14, 2020, 12:46 P.M.

Two more weeks until PUA applications available, according to California Department of Labor

California Labor Secretary Julie A. Su released an open letter today that contains more information on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which extends unemployment benefits to the self-employed and independent contractors. In this letter, Secretary Su announced the California Employment Development Department (EDD) will need an additional two weeks to have the application system up and running. Once the system goes live, she anticipates individuals will be able to receive payments within 24 to 48 hours of their applications being approved.

C.A.R. is continuing to urge the EDD to move as quickly as possible to get our members much-needed relief. We will communicate the actual application start date, along with other guidance, as soon as that information is made available by the EDD.

You can read the full letter here. For more information on PUA, see our FAQ.

UPDATE: APRIL 13, 2020, 11:50 A.M.

Traditional lenders haven’t updated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications to include independent contractors yet; still no application for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

 

Pursuant to SBA’s previous announcements, lenders were allowed to begin processing loan applications on April 10, 2020 for independent contractors and the self-employed. However, many major lenders are currently only assisting independent contractors who already have a business checking account with them. If you only have a personal checking account, these lenders will still not accept your PPP application. However, there are some PPP lenders, such as community banks, that are willing to take new customers. If you need assistance finding a PPP lender, SBA has created a “Lender Match” tool that allows you to search for lenders based on your Zip Code: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find. As of April 8, Wells Fargo began taking PPP loan applications again.

 

Additionally, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) has not yet put the application process in place for independent contractors to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). We will update you with more information as soon as we receive guidance from the EDD.

UPDATE: APRIL 7, 2020, 12:15 P.M.

C.A.R. releases new economic/market update

UPDATE: APRIL 7, 4:15 P.M.

Protect yourself from SBA loan scams

Since the CARES Act was signed, there has been a rise in scammers targeting applicants for and recipients of SBA loans. Learn more about what these scams look like and how to protect yourself here.

UPDATE: APRIL 7, 2020, 10 A.M.

C.A.R. releases fourth issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

In this issue:

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Aid is on the way

  • The Market & Industry: Not business as usual

  • Around the State: Face masks now recommended, in some places required

  • Health Check-up: Resources for older adults and coping with stress

Read the full issue here.

UPDATE: APRIL 6, 2020, 6:53 P.M.

C.A.R. releases two new forms for owners of rental properties

Form NTAP (Notice to Tenant of Ability to Pay Rent During Coronavirus Pandemic) is an informational notice that a landlord can send to a tenant for the purpose of starting a dialogue with the tenant regarding the payment of rent during the coronavirus pandemic.

Form RPD (Coronavirus Rent Payment Delay and Repayment) is an addendum to a residential lease or rental agreement that, when agreed to and signed by the landlord and tenant, documents the tenant’s claim that the tenant is unable to pay rent and the reason for the inability; proof of the inability to pay; the amount of the rent not being paid; and a plan to pay it in the future.

Both forms are available here and will be on zipForm® later this week.

 

UPDATE: APRIL 3, 2020, 3:15 P.M.


C.A.R. releases list of city and county ordinances


C.A.R. has compiled a list of county and local orders relating to real estate’s status as an essential service. Many cities and counties are changing their guidance/orders based on local events. These change daily, sometimes hourly. We are working to keep this information current, but we encourage you to use these lists with caution and continue to check your local and county websites for any updated orders or guidance.

 

See the full list here.

UPDATE: APRIL 2, 2020, 6:00 P.M.

C.A.R. President Jeanne Radsick discusses best practices during the COVID-19 crisis

UPDATE: MARCH 31, 2020, 5:15 P.M.

C.A.R. releases two new coronavirus forms

Form RLA-CAA (Listing Agreement Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment) is for sellers and listing agents to sign, and Form PEAD (Property Viewing Advisory and Declaration) is to be given to and signed by the seller, buyer, agents and anyone else who will be entering a property.

You can find both forms here. They are also both available in zipForm®.

UPDATE: MARCH 31, 2020, 8 A.M.

C.A.R. releases third issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

In this issue:

  • The Market & Industry: Real estate now an essential service — with caveats

  • The Economy & Your Finances: CARES Act provides REALTORS® with relief

  • Around the State: Stay-at-home order likely to continue through April

  • Health Check-Up: Enroll in health coverage without a qualifying event

Read the full issue here.

 

UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2020, 3:25 P.M.

C.A.R. releases guidelines for real estate best practices during COVID-19

Following these guidelines will enable REALTORS® to demonstrate care for the health and well-being of clients, colleagues and the greater public welfare in reducing the risk of exposure to, and spread of, COVID-19, while providing the essential services of residential and commercial real estate recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as being necessary for the maintenance of America’s Critical Infrastructure. 

 

Read the full guidelines here.

UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2020, 7 A.M.

C.A.R. launches COVID Relief Hotline offering 1:1 financial assistance for CA REALTORS®

 

 Call (213) 351-8450 for 24x7 support via SMS text and live support between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. on financial relief programs available to REALTORS®.

You can also reach the hotline at covidreliefhotline@car.org.

The C.A.R. COVID Relief Hotline is intended to provide general answers regarding coronavirus-related federal and state relief programs available to REALTORS®. It is not intended as a substitute for individual legal, financial or tax advice. Advice in specific situations may depend on a wide variety of factors, and members who require review of a relief application or information about their specific legal or financial situation should consult the attorney, accountant or other advisor of their choice. These issues are beyond the scope of those provided by this Hotline. 

UPDATE: MARCH 28, 2020, 5:30 P.M.

Residential real estate now listed as an essential service

Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) updated its list of essential services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and expressly included residential real estate. Since Governor Newsom’s March 4, 2020 order incorporates this list, the order now includes residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services, as essential services in California. However, if a city or county has an order with a more restrictive standard regarding what qualifies as an essential service, or more restrictions on activities, those guidelines will still govern the activities of a licensee.

Read the full statement from C.A.R. here.

UPDATE: MARCH 27, 2020, 1:30 P.M.

President Trump signs $2 trillion stimulus package that includes REALTOR® relief

President Trump has signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. Learn more about the financial relief options the CARES Act makes available to REALTORS® — including forgivable SBA loans and pandemic unemployment assistance — on our REALTOR® Relief page.

 

UPDATE: MARCH 27, 2020, 10:30 A.M.


Congress passes the CARES Act, relief on the way for REALTORS®


Congress has just passed the CARES Act, which now awaits the president's signature. For more information on the relief programs available to REALTORS® through this $2 trillion stimulus package, see our REALTOR® Relief page.

UPDATE: MARCH 26, 2020, 8 A.M.


C.A.R. President Jeanne Radsick gives an update on support for your transactions and providing relief


Read Jeanne's update on what C.A.R. is doing to push for relief for REALTORS® here.

UPDATE: MARCH 25, 2020, 8:38 P.M.

Senate passes $2 trillion aid package with REALTOR® relief.

The Senate has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a stimulus package that will provide direct financial assistance to small business owners and independent contractors. For information on provisions in the bill that will affect REALTORS®, as well as information on several financial assistance programs available now, see our new REALTOR® Relief page.

The CARES Act still needs to pass the House and be signed by the president before it becomes law.

UPDATE: MARCH 24, 2020, 10 A.M.


C.A.R. releases second issue of California Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter


In this issue:

  • Around the State: REALTORS® should conduct as much business as possible virtually

  • The Market: C.A.R. currently forecasts home sales to decline in high single digits in 2020

  • The Economy & Your Finances: Aid is on the way

  • Health Check-Up: Covered California extends special enrollment period

Read the complete issue here.

UPDATE: MARCH 21, 2020, 11 A.M.

C.A.R. and NAR ask Congress for aid for REALTORS®

In response to Gov. Newsom’s Stay at Home order issued last week, C.A.R. has asked the California Congressional Delegation to provide forgivable SBA loans to self-employed, independent contractors, which includes the majority of C.A.R. members.

Because REALTORS® cannot conduct business under the Stay at Home order, C.A.R. members find themselves with no ability to earn a living and no safety net. And, as independent contractors, REALTORS® do not have access to the safety net of unemployment benefits afforded to millions of others during this crisis.

Both C.A.R. and NAR are requesting meaningful, long-term relief so that the real estate market can recover quickly.

 

UPDATE: MARCH 20, 2020, 5:30 P.M.


C.A.R. issues guidance on Governor's stay-at-home order


Yesterday Governor Newsom and the State Public Health Officer issued Executive Order N-33-20 requiring all Californians to stay home except as needed to maintain continuity of operations in 16 infrastructure sectors. This supersedes all existing local city and county orders that are less restrictive. The real estate industry is not exempt from this prohibition except as needed to maintain “continuity of operation … of … construction, including housing construction.” Therefore, REALTORS® should cease doing all

in-person marketing or sales activities, including showings, listing appointments, open houses and property inspections. Clients and other consumers are also subject to these orders and should not be visiting properties or conducting other business

in person.


Read the full guidance here.

UPDATE: MARCH 20, 2020, 1 P.M.


C.A.R. releases February home sales and price pre-COVID-19 outbreak report


Before the coronavirus outbreak hit the state so severely, California’s housing market was getting a strong foothold, with home sales and prices posting healthy increases in February. A C.A.R. flash poll conducted between March 14-16 found that more than half (54 percent) of REALTORS® had clients who backed out from buying a home because of the coronavirus, and less than one-half (45 percent) had clients who backed out from selling a property.


Read the full release here.

Watch a video on the market outlook here.

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020, 7:30 P.M.

Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order to all 40 million residents

Governor Newsom's order, which goes into effect on Thursday night, March 19, asks residents to stay at home and only leave for essential services, to encourage social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19. The order is in place "until further notice" and has no specified end date.

Essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies, take-out and delivery restaurants, banks and laundromats will remain open. For more information, visit the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website.

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020, 8:00 A.M.

C.A.R. President Jeanne Radsick gives an update on new member tools for the coronavirus pandemic

C.A.R. has also released a new press release: More California REALTORS® expect COVID-19 to impact housing market

UPDATE: MARCH 18, 2020, 5:50 P.M.

Congress Passes the Families First Coronavirus Act

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Act. The relief package provides for paid sick leave, expansion of family leave benefits, and other aid to eligible individuals and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Notably, the relief package includes support for workers who are self-employed, which offers many REALTORS® benefits that they are not eligible for under current California law. Specifically, eligible self-employed individuals may claim refundable tax credits against income and self-employment taxes for sick leave (which includes leave taken to care for a child due to school closure) and for family leave. C.A.R. will continue to provide updated information as new developments occur.

For more information, see NAR's resource on what REALTORS® need to know about the emergency coronavirus legislation.

UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020, 6 P.M.


C.A.R. releases NEW coronavirus form


We know many of you are in the middle of, or about to enter into transactions that may be affected by the coronavirus situation. In response to this unprecedented crisis, we are pleased to inform you that C.A.R. has just released a new form called the Coronavirus Addendum/Amendment (Form CVA). It will be in zipForm® tomorrow.

UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020, 4:00 P.M.


C.A.R. releases COVID-19 guide for open houses and showings


At C.A.R., we are trying to keep REALTORS® informed about how COVID-19 impacts you and your clients. Our biggest priority is making sure you are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones. Know that the decision to host an open house remains at the discretion of you and your seller. In addition, local government and health authorities may alter what is permissible in a given area at a given time. For example, in the Bay Area there should probably be no open houses held for the next three weeks. This guide will help you and your clients understand the environment around open houses.

UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020, 3:36 P.M.


DRE cancels all real estate exams through April 7


The Department of Real Estate (DRE) is cancelling real estate salesperson and broker license exams in all exam centers from March 18, 2020 to April 7, 2020. This action is being taken to comply with multiple county public health agencies ordering residents to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Examinees affected by these cancellations will be notified by email and will be allowed to reschedule their canceled exam dates using DRE’s eLicensing system. Exam rescheduling fees will be waived for this cancellation event.

Examinees with questions or concerns regarding canceled exam dates can contact the Department’s Licensing program at (877) 373-4542

UPDATE: MARCH 16, 2020, 10 A.M.

C.A.R. releases first issue of new California Coronavirus Weekly Newsletter

This newsletter, which will be released every Tuesday beginning on March 24, is designed to keep you updated on the state of the coronavirus outbreak in California and its impact on the real estate market. 

Click here to read the first issue.

In This Issue:

  • The Market: California housing market in flux

  • Around the State: Community transmission on the rise

  • Containment Efforts: Persons 65+ to self-isolate, schools and businesses close

  • Health Check-Up: New travel guidelines and when to seek emergency medical attentio

We will be keeping an archive of all issues on this website.

UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2020, 9:00 A.M.

C.A.R. President Jeanne Radsick updates members on C.A.R.'s response to

the coronavirus pandemic.

UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2020, 9:00 A.M.

The C.A.R. Spring Business Meeting and Legislative Day will NOT be held as

scheduled from April 28 to May 1.

The Leadership of C.A.R. makes this decision following careful consideration, with the benefit of much thoughtful input from Directors and Committee Members, and with optimism that we will all continue to support each other during the difficult

and uncertain times ahead.

We will provide further updates soon to let you know about the alternative plans we are developing so that the Association’s essential business activities and policy decisions can still be addressed by the Committees and the Board of Directors. These alternatives include conducting virtual meetings using video conferencing technology, rescheduling the meetings to take place in Sacramento at a later date, or perhaps a combination of virtual meetings online and rescheduled meetings in person.

Our number one concern is the health and safety of our members and staff who participate in the C.A.R. Business Meetings, and who volunteer or work on behalf of the Association throughout the year. If you have comments or questions,

please contact us at any time.

FHFA ANNOUNCES MULTIFAMILY PROPERTY OWNERS MUST INFORM TENANTS IN WRITING ABOUT PROTECTIONS

To increase awareness of available tenant protections, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that multifamily property owners with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) who enter into a new or modified forbearance agreement must inform tenants in writing about tenant protections during the multifamily property owner's forbearance and repayment periods. Read more

GOVERNOR NEWSOM ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER IMPACTING DRE APPLICANTS AND LICENSEES

Highlights of Executive Order N-71-20 include extending the timelines associated with application expiration dates and licensee expiration dates.

Read more.

EXTENDED TAX DEADLINE REMAINS JULY 15 

The due date for tax payments remains July 15, but you can file Form 3519 (Payment for Automatic Extension for Individuals) if you are unable to file by July 15.

FHFA EXTENDS EVICTION AND FORECLOSURE MORATORIA

FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend their eviction and foreclosure moratoria until at least August 31, 2020. Read more.

 

PAYCHECK PROTECTION FLEXIBILITY ACT SIGNED INTO LAW

President Trump has signed the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act into law, extending the amount of time Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipients have to spend their funds from eight weeks to 24 weeks. Read more.

FHFA ANNOUNCES REFINANCE AND HOME PURCHASE ELIGIBILITY FOR BORROWERS IN FORBEARANCE

Borrowers are eligible to refinance or buy a new home if they are current on their mortgage (i.e. in forbearance but continued to make their mortgage payments or reinstated their mortgage). Read more.

FHFA ANNOUNCES PAYMENT DEFERRAL AS NEW REPAYMENT OPTION FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORBEARANCE

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are allowing homeowners in forbearance to repay their missed payments at the time the home is sold, refinanced or at maturity. Read more.

 

C.A.R. ASKS CALIFORNIA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT, PROTECTION AGAINST FUTURE DISTRESSED MARKETS

Read the full letter here.

C.A.R. ASKS CONGRESS TO ELIMINATE BULK SALES, MANDATE FIRST-LOOK PROGRAMS, PROVIDE ZERO-DOWN MORTGAGES AND SUSPEND LOAN LIMITS

Read the full letter here.

COMMISSIONER LARA ORDERS INSURANCE COMPANIES TO REFUND PREMIUMS TO BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY COVID-19

The Commissioner's Bulletin covers premiums paid in at least six different insurance lines: private passenger automobile, commercial automobile, workers' compensation, commercial multi-peril, commercial liability, medical malpractice, and any other insurance line where the risk of loss has fallen substantially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

DEADLINE FOR 1031 LIKE-KIND EXCHANGES EXTENDED TO JULY 15

If an investor has taken the first step of a like-kind exchange, and either the 45-day or 180-day deadline falls between April 1 and July 15, the deadline is extended to July 15. Read more.

C.A.R. ASKS THE GOVERNOR TO MANDATE THAT ONLINE NOTARIZATION BE ACCEPTED

Read the full letter here.

C.A.R. REQUESTS ELIMINATION OF FHA MORTGAGE PREMIUMS ON MORTGAGES WITH LTV BELOW 80 PERCENT

Read the full letter C.A.R. has written to the Assistant Secretary for Housing here.

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