Why is NAR issuing this guidance?

In response to the growing concerns about COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, NAR is providing this guidance to help REALTOR® associations respond to the coronavirus's impact on the real estate industry. As of March 16, 2020, the United States government has banned all travel from Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland into the United States for a period of thirty (30) days. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Level 3 Travel Warnings for China, Iran and South Korea, and a Level 2 Travel Health Notice all other global travel. The situation is rapidly evolving. Be sure to refer to the CDC's website for up-to-date information about travel warnings(link is external), as well as information about the coronavirus' current impact in the United States(link is external). Daily updates about the coronavirus are also available from the World Health Organization(link is external)

May I ask clients or others I interact with in my real estate business if they have traveled recently, or have any signs of respiratory illness?

Yes, you may ask clients or others about their recent travel, particularly to areas identified as having an increased risk of coronavirus. To avoid potential fair housing issues, be sure to ask all clients the same screening questions based on current, factual information from public health authorities.

I typically drive my clients to showings. May I refuse to drive potential clients to see homes?

Yes. However, be sure that any change to your business practices is applied equally to all clients. You may refuse to drive clients who show signs of illness or reveal recent travel to areas of increased risk of coronavirus, or you may instead decide to stop driving clients in your car altogether, and simply arrange to meet clients at a property. If you do continue to drive clients in your car, it is a good idea to frequently clean and disinfect surfaces like door handles and seat belt latches, and to ask clients to use hand sanitizer when getting in and out of the car.

Should I still conduct open houses on my listed properties?

Speak openly and honestly with your seller about the pros and cons of holding an open house. Assess the risk based on your specific location, and direct your clients to local and state health authorities for specific information about the severity of the risk in your area. You could also propose alternative marketing opportunities for your seller's consideration, such as video tours and other methods to virtually tour a property. If you do hold an open house, consider requiring all visitors to disinfect their hands upon entering the home, limiting the amount of people in the home and providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers at the entryway, as well as soap and disposable towels in bathrooms. If you decide to do any cleaning at your client's home, be sure to check with your client in advance about any products you plan to use. After the open house, recommend that your client clean and disinfect their home, especially commonly touched areas like doorknobs and faucet handles.

What precautions should brokers consider taking in their offices?

Brokers should use their best judgment when formulating a plan. In addition to performing regular environmental cleaning with special attention paid to frequently touched surfaces, brokers should implement a mandatory "stay-home" policy for any staff member or agent exhibiting any sign of illness. Brokers may want to consider imposing a mandatory or maximum flexibility remote work policy for employees and instructing agents to stay out of the office. In addition, in the wake of the CDC’s recent guidance recommending that in-person events consisting of 50 or more people be cancelled or postponed, brokers should take measures to hold virtual meetings when possible, and potentially postpone or cancel in-person meetings or events to take to limit close contact between individuals.

Be sure to monitor updates from the CDC, as well as your state and local health authorities for additional information and guidance on holding meetings or events. For travel considerations, review NAR's "Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTOR® Associations".

Finally, do not panic, stay informed, and use your best judgment. The situation is rapidly changing, so focus on putting policies and procedures in place to keep your employees and agents informed, safe, and to avoid business disruption in the event the situation worsens. The CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers(link is external) is a helpful resource.


Oceana
County Community Outreach

The recipient is Crystal Valley Care Fund.


MOM Board 2019 President, Katie Arnouts and
Oceana County Director, Crystal Hallack,
presented a $1000 donation to Judy Kokx
of the Crystal Valley Care Fund from the
Mason Oceana Board of Realtors®    

   
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The Mason-Oceana-Manistee Board of Realtors recently presented the Manistee County Habitat for Humanity a check for $1,000 to go toward their most recent home build happening in Manistee County in spring of 2020.

"The Mason-Oceana-Manistee Board of Realtors is committed to helping members of our community to become homeowners, not just with buying and selling homes,” said Brandon Ball of Unsalted Living on behalf of the MOM Board of Realtors. “By donating to this program we continue our commitment to help put people in homes and achieve the American dream.”

Randy Zakrajsek, Manistee County Habitat for Humanity Board president, said the local Habit group strives to make Manistee a place wehre everyone has a decent place to live.

"We are excited to break ground on a new house in spring of 2020 with vacant property donated by the Manistee County Lank Bank," he said. "We work exclusively with one family at a time providing, extensive financial coaching, home ownership counseling, and homeowner maintenance classes. We partner with Consumers Energy in creating energy efficient homes that make low utility costs part of the safe, decent and affordable outcome that we achieve."

(Article courtesy of Manistee News Advocate)

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Realtor board contributes to Habitat for Humanity. 

The Mason, Oceana, and Manistee Board of Realtors recently contributed $1,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Mason County. 

“It’s impressive to see the work that Habitat for Humanity is doing in our community, especially the Neighbor to Neighbor projects that are assisting homeowners with much needed upgrades for new windows, siding, etc.,” said Venessa VerStrat, a board of realtors committee member. “Not only are these changes providing more efficient homes, but they are helping to increase the pride of ownership and curb appeal in neighborhoods around Mason County.  Habitat for Humanity continues to find new ways to provide safe, affordable, and quality housing for people in our community.” 

Habitat Executive Director Jamie Healy said the donation is appreciated. 

“Thank you so much to the MOM Board of Realtors for its investment into housing and donating toward our next home build for a veteran in our area,” Healy said. ”Together we will make great strides in providing adequate housing for those who live in this amazing community.”


(Photo & Article courtesy of Mason County Press)

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Mason-Oceana-Manistee Board of Realtors Scholarship Fund

For graduates of any Mason, Oceana or Manistee High School.

The Mason-Oceana-Manistee Board of Realtors Scholarship Fund has been awarded to a recipient each year since 2006.


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