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Member News - April 16, 2020

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Help Us Feed our Healthcare Heroes. Somerset County Business Partnership requests your help to contribute to this cause. Your donation will allow SCBP to work with restaurant partners to send fresh meals to the staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset. To donate, click here.  

Upcoming Webinars for Business from Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce:

EANJ: Avoiding Wrongful Termination Liability for COVID-19 Issues
Employers are required to follow guidelines and directives issued by the NJ Department of Health, the CDC, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. 
 Tuesday, April 21 @ 11 am   Register Now

How to Own the Virtual Room & Deliver a Standout Presentation
In this interactive webinar, you will learn how to condense your content to make an impactful delivery, effectively lead a client meeting, and manage a team. Executive women will find the instructor's behavioral approach and strategies invaluable in keeping audiences engaged from the virtual introduction to the Q&A.
Friday, April 17 @ 2 pm Register Now

Risky Business: Balancing the Risks and Productivity of a Remote Workforce
Friday, April 17 @ 11 am   Register Now
As businesses are approaching a month of working remotely, we're pivoting from getting businesses up and running to managing the risks and productivity of a remote workforce. Join us as we take you step by step on how to make the best out of these challenging circumstances.

NJ 

New Jersey Realtors is continuously updating their FAQ's on COVID-19 - click here to learn about the latest information. 
 
Masks required - New guidelines announced for essential retailers, like grocery or hardware shops, include a directive that all customers and employees must wear face coverings and restrictions on permitted store capacities. Read mo re  here.
 
NJ Economic Development Authority rolls out application for $10M COVID-19 business relief loan  The program has begun accepting submissions as of April 13; find out where to access the form and what kind of information you must provi de.  Read more .
 
NJ Realtor - New Landlord/Tenant Release Form
There is a new form  L andlords' and Tenants' Hold Harmless and Release Regarding COVID-19  in NJ Realtors® library of forms. Additional details can be found under the form posted  Sellers' and Buyers' Hold Harmless and Release Regarding COVID-19.
 
PA
 
The PA  CE deadline has been extended by 90 days to August 29, 2020. The original deadline was May 31, 2020. Note: PA does not offer CE credits via webinar. The online CE Shop is the only option we know of for PA licensed agents to receive CE credit. Visit  this  page to select your state's CE courses.

PA Governor Wolf has temporarily approved a  notary rule suspension  only for transactions that were already in the process (e.g., agreement of sale completed for residential property and only mortgage closing needs to take place). Click   here   for more info. 
 
PA Real Estate Commission - visit the website  here.  
 
Legal
 
The following items are from the firm of CORE's legal counsel - Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP:
  • Expansion of NJs Family Leave Act to Cover COVID-19 Related Issues. Read more here.
  • NJ BPU Announces April 30 Closing Date for Current Solar Renewable Energy Certificate Program. Read more here.
  •  An Overview of Recent Land Use Guidance and Legislation in NJ in Response to COVID-19. Read more here.
  • To learn more about Legislation Passed in Response to COVID-19 click here.
Area MLSs
 
Garden State MLS

Reminder: GSMLS New Rules are available  here.   

Live Online Instructor-Led Training
Garden State MLS is now offering live, online, instructor-led training in addition to the self-paced, online training that is already available. The schedule of classes is available from the Home Page by clicking  Training Schedule  at the bottom left of the page.  You must call (973) 605-1700 to schedule a class. GSMLS is currently able to offer both Intro and Managing Contacts.

------- The online, self-paced intro training is available within the system by using the menus at the top ------- right for Hello (your name) -> Online Training  and then choosing  Introduction .
 
Realtor.com and Sold Listings
Garden State MLS has added the ability for Brokers of Record to make their Sold (and other listing statuses) available to Realtor.com. 
---------- Basic instructions are: Office MGMT > Manage Exports > View/Edit Exports > Other Recipients ---------- > Add Recipients > select REALTOR.com (Move, Inc.).
 
CMA now Available on New Site
CMA functionality is now available on the new site. 
---------- You can use Analysis > CMA > New to create new CMA or Analysis > CMA > Edit to edit or view ---------- existing CMA’s. 
 
Supra Showings Alert for All Users
The alerts section of the homepage now displays Supra Showings with a link to Supra’s site for all members, not just those with new showings. The count of new showings is displayed with the alert.
 
Realtor.com Opt-In Instructions. Must be completed by Broker of Record.
  1. Click here to login to MLS
  2. Office MGMT > Manage Exports > View/Edit Exports
  3. On the tab “Other Recipients”
  4. Click On “Add Recipients”
  5. Select your vendor from the list provided. In this case you want to send to REALTOR.com (Move, Inc.)
  6. Answer all questions
  7. Click Save and Sign Agreement
  8. Scroll down to the bottom and type your First/Last Name, Date and Save.
  9. Now all of your listings are included in the feed
 
Bright MLS

Virtual Open House now available in Bright Listing Management.  Subscribers now have the option to enter a Virtual Open House in Listing Management. This new option will be available through Search and on Reports. Bright is working with websites, like Zillow and  realtor.com , to display the information and expects that to be available in the coming weeks Learn more .  
 
Virtual Showings Coming Soon to ShowingTime
ShowingTime is working to provide a virtual showing option within its platform. Bright is also considering options within Listing Management to help designate showings as virtual. More information on these solutions will be shared soon. 
 
Webinars - Bright has created a packed course schedule of topics including best practices for virtual work, how to utilize social media, refreshing your listings, and more. All of the recorded webinars are being added to the  brightmls.com/webinar   page as soon as they are available.  
National 
 
NAR - HUD Announces Extra relief for Borrowers with FHA-Insured Mortgage 
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the Federal Housing Administration would offer a customized set of mortgage relief options to those with FHA-insured mortgages who are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and who are unable to make their payments. Read more  here.

NAR - Loan Servicing Relief Needed NAR is warning that lending standards could grow even more stringent if federal regulators don’t step in soon to alleviate the servicer logjam in lending. Read more.

NAR - Brokers Adapt to New Realities Four strategies  brokers have been quick to embrace are keeping their business running smoothly during today’s stay-at-home new norma l. Read more.
 
NAR - How to Combat Loneliness in Isolation  Click  here  to read more.
 
RIS Media - Content Ideas to Share on Social Media to Help Clients Through the Crisis 
 
Rental Beast - 1 in 3 US Adults is a Millennial – This is What They Want from an Agent  
This generation makes up the largest source of demand for rental housing and first-time home ownership, and their wants, needs, and limitations are changing the fabric of the real estate market.  Read more .
 
NAR - The Difference Between Mortgage Deferment and Forbearance Borrowers should check with lenders or mortgage services to see what relief options are available.  Read more.
 
NAR - Should Landlords Disclose COVID-19 Status of Tenants?  Legal experts share insights about tenant rights in the coronavirus era.  Read more.
 
NAR President Vince Malta Shares an Important Message about REALTORS® responsibility to follow federal, state, and local COVID guidance to help keep their clients and communities safe.  Watch video.
 
NAR - Brokerages Adapt to New Realities   There are four main strategies offices have been quick to embrace to keep business running smoothly during the coronavirus pandemic.   Read more.

Real Estate Express - Best 6 Strategies for Staying Productive in Self-Isolation 
To view a   list of productivity tips , click  here


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