GDWCAR Office Information Related to COVID
The GDWCAR building is open to all members. GDWCAR is now strongly recommending the wearing of masks by staff and visitors in our office and supports vaccination for all eligible individuals. Vaccinations have shown to be an effective measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you are interested in vaccinating yourself, see the links below.
Vaccination Resources and Online Booking Links:
We would like to emphasize that we are still here for our members. Please continue to find information and address concerns via our website, email, phone, and social media.
The Greater Denton/Wise County Association of REALTORS® staff and executive committee are monitoring developments at the national, state, and local levels regarding COVID-19 and its potential impact on association operations, travel, and real estate activity.
The Association will continue to operate under the following guiding principles:
1. Keep our members safe
2. Continue to serve our members and the community with the highest standards
Our hours of operation will remain 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.
Direct contact for the following services is as follows:
We will continue to update all members with further recommendations and/or further restrictions as we monitor the situation. For updates regarding any changes to Association programming please continue to visit our website: gdwcar.com/coronavirus
Greater Denton/Wise County Association of REALTORS® Events
Updates, Cancellations, and Postponements
Due to the recent uptick in cases, GDWCAR staff and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks. There are no event changes at this time.
News from Texas REALTORS®
Get the latest COVID Updates from Texas REALTORS®
For the latest updates from Texas REALTORS®, visit their Coronavirus Updates page.
Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions (Includes information about Brokerage Issues, Closing, and Property Management). Click here.
Texas REALTORS® Legal Hotline: 800-873-9155
The Texas REALTORS® Legal Hotline is a benefit exclusively for members of the association. It is your link to an attorney who can provide information about real estate law and related matters. All members can call the hotline. The designated REALTOR® for your office will be notified by e-mail when you call. The hotline is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
News from National Association of REALTORS®
Need quick access to NAR’s COVID-19 info?
Text COVID19 to 30644 for guidance on coronavirus legislation and relief affecting real estate professionals.
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.
NAR's COVID-19 Response Hotline: 800-874-6500
The National Association of REALTORS® announced a new hotline that members can call if they have questions about the association’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members also can call the hotline for the latest information on what programs and services are being developed to help them in their business during this time.
News from TREC and TALCB
The agency is open for business and continues to provide customer service through email and over the phone at 512-936-3000. Our website, application tracker, license holder lookup with renewal CE information, and online services are available anytime. As always, the staff is ready to assist with applications and renewals of licenses. TREC has provided FAQs for real estate license holders related to COVID-19 and continues to update them as needed
Impact of COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions. Click here.
Considerations for REALTOR® Members from the Texas REALTORS® Newsroom
Commit to professionalism
Uncertainty, anxiety, and rapidly changing information due to COVID-19 in the U.S. present challenges to real estate professionals and consumers involved in real estate activities. When working with clients or prospects, REALTORS® must always be careful to avoid actions that violate the Fair Housing Act. This remains true even with the added concerns regarding COVID-19.
Communicate with existing and prospective clients
Engage in open, honest discussions with your clients and prospects to understand their goals and concerns. You can provide insights about steps in a real estate transaction that may involve contact with others or visits/visitors to properties. For clients and others concerned about in-person contact, you may be able to suggest alternatives such as virtual meetings, photos, and videos.
You can also point clients and prospects to expert sources for topics that fall outside your expertise, such as the CDC, Texas Health and Human Services, or local health authorities for hygiene and health tips.
Make sure policies are consistent
Remember your obligation to follow fair housing laws. You may not discriminate against anyone based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability.
You may ask people if they have recently traveled to locations with outbreaks of COVID-19. However, if you do so, you must ask this question of all clients and must treat clients equally based on their responses—not on any of the protected classes. You may refuse to drive clients in your car if they have traveled to such areas or show signs of respiratory illness—or you may decide to not drive any clients in your car.