CVAR offices remain closed, but staff is available via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone: (909) 305-2827, during regular business hours.
California: Masks must be worn by anyone in public settings.
As of July 1, California is instructing certain sectors to close indoor operations, including: restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. Those businesses can still operate outdoors.
That applies to 19 counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. These restrictions will remain in place for at least three weeks.
Masks must be worn by anyone in public settings. See the guidance here. The state has also issued guidance documents on personal services.
See showing guidelines below. The state has also issued guidance documents on personal services.
In the past week, California has hit an all-time high of people hospitalized due to COVID-19. California also surpassed New Jersey and now has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, behind New York. As of today, June 29, cases numbered 205,580 and deaths had hit 5,934.
CVAR Legal Update July 7: Attorney-Broker-Professor Ed Estes will give CVAR members an overview of the COVID-related laws, disclosure forms and updates on July 7. This is a free Zoom class for CVAR members. REGISTER HERE to receive the link.
Paycheck Protection Extended: The US Senate, just hours before the expiration of the small business loan Paycheck Protection Program, passed an extension of the program to August 8. Businesses can apply for the remaining $130 billion in emergency relief loans it offers. The PPP’s extension date lines up with the end of the next Senate work period — the same time line Senate Republicans have set to complete the next round of stimulus. See C.A.R. FAQs on SBA Loans for Agents and SBA Loans for Brokers for more information.
The extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits is still set to run out at the end of July. The HEROES Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives on May 15, would extend this benefit through January 2021, but it remains to be seen whether the Senate will pass the bill or include that provision.
IRS Deadline July 15: File and/or Pay 2019 federal income taxes by July 15, 2020 (the IRA and Treasury Department announced that the extended deadline will not be postponed). Individual taxpayers unable to meet the July 15 due date can request an automatic extension of time to file until Oct. 15.
Even if you are filing extension, pay what you can by July 15 to avoid penalties and interest. Those facing hardships, including due to COVID-19, are encouraged to pay what you can and consider a variety of payment options available: Options available on IRS.gov.
Go to CVAR.Live for free replays of our online classes & presentations!
(Includes sessions on COVID and new disclosure forms)
• PEAD for Showing Property – C.A.R. Asst. General Counsel Gov Hutchinson explained the Property Entry Advisory Declaration (PEAD) form, requirements for showing property (signatures required from anyone entering — appraiser, inspector, repairperson, buyer, agent, etc. — upcoming changes to Best Practices, and the new PEAD Pictogram you’re required to post on the door, in his Legal Update for @Home With CVAR. The entire replay is available on the CVAR.LIVE! channel or listen to the podcast at Citrus Valley REALTORS® Podcast.
To access the forms, sign in at CAR.org
• Showing Best Practices Guidelines– The state’s guidance includes a prevention plan that real estate and rental agents must provide to clients, appraisers, inspectors, stagers, purchasing agents and contractors, and obtain their agreement (signature) to follow the plan prior to entering the property. The Industry Guidance document details physical distancing and cleaning/disinfecting practices REALTORS® must follow when showing properties. The updated best practices guidelines are now available on car.org and in zipForm®.
Real estate and rental agents must provide a digital copy of the COVID-19 prevention plan to clients, appraisers, inspectors, stagers, purchasing agents and contractors and obtain their agreement to follow the plan prior to entering the property. See the Showing Guidelines pdf and the checklist for real estate here.
• Paycheck Loan Forgiveness: C.A.R. has released two guides for members applying for the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness. 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.
• Unemployment for REALTORS®: For more details or to apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, Click Here . For unemployment through the CARES Act, click for Eligibility.
• More From IRS – If you’re waiting for an Economic Impact Payment, the IRS urges you to go through your mail carefully. Prepaid debit cards are being sent in a plain envelope from Money Network Cardholder Services. Learn more at www.eipcard.com #COVIDreliefIRS
There are still those who may not realize they may qualify for a payment of $1,200 or more. The IRS also has a special partner toolkit now available in both Spanish (PDF) and English (PDF). The toolkit offers a summary of various items related to Economic Impact Payments that partner groups can share.
The IRS also reminds employers affected by COVID-19 about three important new credits available to them, Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll; Paid Sick Leave Credit, and Family Leave Credit. The IRS news releases and fact sheets, in English and Spanish. For info on all these programs and more click here.
• Free Test: Find a testing site in CA with this link. Or in Los Angeles County, COVID testing appointments are available to any resident of the county, with or without symptoms of COVID-19. Priority for the same or next-day testing is still given to people with symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
• Gov Hutchinson’s Legal Update; Top 10 Questions REALTORS® are asking about CRMLS’ New Clear Cooperation Policy, and much more, on our Citrus Valley REALTORS® Podcast.
• C.A.R.’s COVID Relief Hotline will assist those wanting to apply for PUA. You can also visit the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page on C.A.R.’s coronavirus website.
• City and County COVID-19 Ordinances (Courtesy C.A.R.)
• CVAR’s election for the 2021 Board of Directors will continue as scheduled in June. To see the slate of candidates click here.
• Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS® will conduct all business remotely until further notice, due to the threat of Coronavirus COVID-19. All meetings and classes will be online and free of charge (see below).
• Contact Us: Our member services specialists will be available to assist you via phone: (909) 305-2827, and e-mail: email@example.com, Monday through Saturday, during regular business hours.
• We will also be communicating updates, news and important information through social media, as well as in the weekly CVAR Connect, which you receive each Monday in your e-mail.
• We’re still here for you via phone and e-mail, 6 days a week!
• Click to view N.A.R.’s Coronavirus Updates for REALTORS®; click to view C.A.R. directives on open houses, and see weekly updates for REALTORS®.
CVAR’s Free *Online Classes!
CVAR classes & committees will be available online, free of charge (no live attendance), until further notice.
° Check the Education Calendar for upcoming classes, at www.cvar.net, or in the weekly CVAR At A Glance newsletter.
° Free CRMLS Training will be available Mondays, see the Education Calendar or find classes under the Education tab at CRMLS.org.
° We will not be offering Ethics Training at this time, but the classes are available at NAR.realtor.
* These virtual events will be hosted on Zoom. You can access Zoom from a computer, tablet, or smart phone. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to CVAR.Live to see the replay of our online classes!
Get C.A.R.’s latest coronavirus updates here for doing business under current restrictions.
Be sure to refer to refer to the CDC’s website for up-to-date information about travel warnings, as well as information about the coronavirus’ impact in the United States. Daily updates about the coronavirus are also available from the World Health Organization.”
What Can You Do?
NAR states that “the same preventative measures recommended to prevent influenza are also effective in reducing the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus.” These measures include:
Staying home if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other cold or flu-like symptom.
Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick.
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.