COVID-19 Idaho REALTOR® Updates

A Message from Idaho REALTORS® 2020 President

It is with much love and appreciation that I send this letter out to the Idaho REALTOR® membership. We are at the end of March 2020 and our world has changed drastically. These are challenging times and solutions can be hard to come by. On behalf of the Executive Committee and myself, I want to reach out today and just let you know… we are all in this together!

I want to first and foremost acknowledge the Idaho REALTOR® Association Staff. Under the direction of CEO David Hensley, these talented individuals have given their heart and soul and LOTS of time, in the last few weeks to make sure Idaho REALTORS® can continue to do business in the best possible way. They are here for us all!

Our staff & the EC Team, Forms Committee, Legislative Committee and Trustees, along with Jason Risch our legal team…Local Association Leadership and AE’s, have worked tirelessly the last two weeks to come up with real solutions to help Idaho REALTORS® continue to assist Idaho consumers with home ownership through this unprecedented time.

I would like to thank Governor Little, as his Stay at Home order takes affect, for allowing Idaho REALTORS® to continue to aid consumers in coming home.  I don’t think that’s ever been more important as it is now; however, it is not business as usual. 

We must be cognizant of the meaning of essential services and the CDC requirements for social distancing. We have the opportunity to change things up and do what we need to do, just in different and creative ways. 

IR Members, if you can work from home for the next few weeks, please do. I appreciate brokerages who have moved to assist customers and clients completely online. If you have gatherings or open houses planned in the next three or four weeks, I would ask you to rethink and change those plans for the safety of our neighbors, clients and communities. 

Assisting consumers into homes is vital, essential…and we know this. But the most important thing for the next few weeks is flattening the curve as it applies to the spread of COVID-19. To do this we must adhere to guidelines suggested by the Center for Disease Control and State of Idaho.


Amazing and heartfelt things have happened in the last week as the situation here in Idaho has changed. Idaho REALTORS® have stepped up to assist in the well being of their clients and communities in major ways of service, thoughtfulness…and by adhering to the stay at home order. 

We appreciate you in so many ways! Safety, care and professionalism with a large dose of grace and compassion, will see us through! 

Total Idaho REALTOR® Magic!

Thank you and be careful out there! 

Sincerely,
Marion Wadsworth
IR President 2020

REALTOR® Safety Tips & Resources

In response to the Coronavirus, Idaho REALTORS® is focused on the health and safety of our members, their families, clients and communities. We want to provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information as this situation unfolds. To that end, we want to share the following with you (below): general information from the CDC on the Coronavirus; industry specific information for REALTORS® from NAR; and websites where this and other important information can be found.  

Top 3 Resources for Updates

Click HERE – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Click HERE – Idaho.gov Novel Coronavirus

Click HERE – National Association of REALTORS® Guide

Top 3 Precautionary Measures To Take

  1. Stay home or consult a physician if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other cold or flu-like symptoms.
  2. Wash 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. 
  3. Practice social distancing by staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.

Resources

Resources for Members

Idaho REALTORS® has developed a new RE-19 Addendum and updated its Buyer and Seller Representation Agreements to assist with unique circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Please review Idaho REALTORS® Instructional Forms Videos for how and when to use the addendum and updated forms before accessing the documents.

Access the new RE-19 Addendum and updated Buyer and Seller Representation Agreements through our form vendors: Form Simplicity and Instanet.

NAR has also provided information for realtors through the following websites:

https://www.nar.realtor/coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act

https://www.nar.realtor/ae/coronavirus-a-guide-for-realtor-associations

https://www.nar.realtor/coronavirus-a-guide-for-realtor

Resources for Brokers

Essential Services Letter Disclaimer

The language provided herein is provided as a courtesy to brokers.  Due to the fact that the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing, no one other than the broker can make the determination and interpretation as to what is appropriate under any certain circumstance.  Use of this language cannot be recommended or determined on a state or local level.  Brokers should review all courtesy language provided and, in consultation with of their trusted professionals (legal counsel, accountants, insurers, etc…)  make a determination of which language, if any, is appropriate to use in their practice and/or in their client’s transactions.  Brokers should consider all state, county and city orders, rules and laws.  Any individual using the language provided assumes all liability for said use. 

Click HERE – Essential Service Letter Template

Broker Sample Preparedness Plan

NAR has provided the following resource for brokers to use in their offices in response to COVID-19.

https://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/documents/SAMPLE-Preparedness-Plan-COVID-19-v2-031920.pdf

Resources for Property Owners

The following resources provide property owners with assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.

https://www.nar.realtor/coronavirus-resources-for-property-owners

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