GRAR Member Update
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Dear GRAR Members,

NYSAR recently updated their guidance on "Unaccompanied Showings" as shown below. GRAR is not able to provide additional legal guidance beyond what NYSAR is offering, but we encourage you to contact the NYSAR legal hotline and speak to Anthony directly if you have questions or concerns regarding his guidance on this issue.

There have also been some reports of potential scams around the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. If you are expecting a call back from the NYS Department of Labor regarding your application, please be sure you verify that the call back is from the Department of Labor before sharing any sensitive information. NYSAR sent a Flash Update this afternoon with additional information, so please review it.

As always, please reach out to us at grarhelpdesk@grar.net with any questions and check your Member Portal for additional general news items. 
Andy Kachaylo,
GRAR President
Jim Yockel,
GRAR CEO
Unaccompanied Showings FAQ
NYSAR
Question: Are we allowed to list properties and post them as “unaccompanied showings only”? (updated 4/15/20)

Answer: NYSAR recommends that licensees should not be involved in coordinating an unaccompanied showing.  If the seller demands that buyer’s be permitted to view the property the licensee should not be involved in the process. If the seller instructs the listing agent to provide their contact information to the buyer, then the listing agent should do so. This should be the only activity the listing agent performs. The listing agent should not be coordinating anything between the seller and buyer except for providing contact information.

The guidance from ESD only applies to businesses and nothing prevents members of the public from having in person contact so long as they maintain recommended health and safety measures and not to congregate in groups of 10 or more. So nothing prevents a seller from permitting a buyer into their home as that is their choice much like they can under a FSBO or limited service listing. Since such activities are permitted among members of the general public, a licensee providing the phone number is not acting contrary to the ESD guidance. The licensee is merely following the direction of their principle under their fiduciary duties. The licensee should advise the seller that all recommended health and safety procedures should be followed.
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