Event Changes and Information Related to Coronavirus

With the executive order given by Denton County Judge Andy Eads, the Greater Denton/Wise County Association of REALTORS® (GDWCAR) office and REALTOR store will be closed as of March 26th. Staff will continue to serve the needs of our members remotely. This will limit our service to emails and phone calls only.


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. We are working hard to ensure that the needs of our REALTORS® and Affiliates will continue to be met during this temporary adjustment to our office arrangement.


The Greater Denton/Wise County Association of REALTORS® staff and executive committee are monitoring developments at the national, state, and local levels regarding the Novel Coronavirus (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
3. Do our part to slow community spread of the virus as guided by recommendations by local authorities 
 

Our hours of operation will remain 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.
 

Direct contact for the following services is as follows:

MLS 
mls@gdwcar.com
 

Supra/Education
ashley@gdwcar.com
 

Membership/Billing
membership@gdwcar.com

Office Phone:
940-387-8212

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

Cancellations and Postponements

 
  • All mandatory Supra DisplayKEY Exchanges - Postponed.

  • All Committee Meetings on April 6th - Cancelled.

  • New Agent Orientation on April 7th - Cancelled. (Please plan to attend a future offering)

  • Contracts Course: The Forms You Need to Know on April 8th - Cancelled. (Please plan to attend a future offering)

  • Ken Stockdale TREPAC Golf Tournament on April 20th - Cancelled.

  • Wise County Mixer on April 16th - Cancelled.

  • Brokers and Managers Meeting on April 24th - Cancelled. (Keep an eye on your inboxes! Following up with a special newsletter)

  • Party with a Purpose on May 2nd - Postponed. Rescheduled for April 17, 2021.

Area REALTOR® Events

Cancellations and Postponements

  • 2020 Texas REALTORS® 360 Insights Meeting on April 28th

News from Texas REALTORS®

 

  • On March 31st Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order setting a statewide standard for essential services that may continue to be provided, including residential and commercial real estate. Read Gov. Abbott’s order that utilizes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines for identifying essential services, which includes real estate highlighted on Page 13. ​​Here are some key points:

    • Supersedes existing local orders only where those local orders may have previously restricted essential services or where they were more permissive on gatherings

    • Even for essential services, telework or online work should be used as much as possible, limiting in-person contact (following CDC guidelines) unless absolutely necessary

  • Model COVID-19 Certification for Property Access
     

  • To address these uncertainties, Texas REALTORS®️ has created the COVID-19 Addendum (TXR-2520). The COVID-19 Addendum provides for a 30-day extension of the closing date in a residential sales contract if the closing cannot occur due to a voluntary or mandatory COVID-19 quarantine or closure.

  • 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.

     

  • FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal
    Because of the widespread financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA is extending the grace period to renew National Flood Insurance Program policies from 30 to 120 days. This change applies to NFIP policies with an expiration date between February 13 and June 15, 2020. 

News from National Association of REALTORS®

 
  • National Association of REALTORS® Coronavirus Updates
     

  • NAR's Advocacy Work Towards COVID-19 Relief

    • Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) providing support to American workers, families, and businesses, including the expansion of paid sick leave and family medical leave. It also includes refundable tax credits for small businesses and self-employed individuals to cover the cost of the leave.
       

  • NAR has created a guide with FAQs about how the three relief measures passed so far affect REALTORS®
     

  • Right Tools, Right Now

    • ​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

 

TREC and TALCB grants waiver to extend all renewal and application deadlines through May 31. Click here.

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. 

 

Stay informed

 

Check with your local health and city authorities for updates in your area. You can also find information from the CDC and Texas Health and Human Services.

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