CORE Members Update March 30, 2020
CORE's Continuing Education

With COVID-19 forcing all in-person, classroom Continuing Education (CE) courses and events to be suspended indefinitely, CORE has launched a new webinar program with live instructors. Virtual courses offer a safe and convenient way to earn your CE credits from the comfort of your own home.

Financial Literacy for REALTORS® | Monday, April 6, 2020 | 9:00 - 12:00
Financial literacy is key to the long-term success of Realtors. This course will review various concepts to help you make informed financial decisions.
Register  here .
Instructor: Steven Grazio | Webinar Cost: $35.00 | 3 Core Credits

Top 10 Ways Technology Can Ruin Your Business | Monday April 6, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00
This session will help steer you (and your clients) through the perilous legal, online and social media world, and will provide personal and computer safety tips.
Register  here
Instructor: Craig Grant| Webinar Cost: $30.00 | 2 Core Credits

Advertising Regulations | Wednesday April 15, 2020 | 1:00 - 4:00
This course is designed to review not only the state requirements but also other various legal obligations such as Code of Ethics, Fair Housing obligations, Truth in Lending law, and more.
Register  here .  
Instructor: Isabelle Perkins | Webinar Cost: $35.00 | 3 Core Credits

More webinars to be added soon! Check the  CORE calendar   for new classes.

Local

Joint Hunterdon & Middlesex Chamber Virtual Meet & Greet
Thursday, April 2, 2020 
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Facilitated by Jim Barnoski of Sandler Training

State

From New Jersey Realtors: How New Federal Guidelines Affect NJ Real Estate
Yesterday, the US Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency   released updated guidelines .  While these guidelines provide that  "residential and commercial real estate services, including settlement services" are part of the essential critical infrastructure workforce, they  do not override Governor Murphy's Executive Order 107.
 
In New Jersey, real estate brokerage services are not considered retail and are permitted to continue to do business with two limitations:

  • Provide for telework or work-from-home arrangements wherever possible.
  • Residents were required to "remain home or at their place of residence" unless they need to leave for one of the reasons listed in the order. Since buyers leaving their homes to view properties is not listed, New Jersey Realtors® reached out to Governor Murphy for clarification, which has not been received yet. Still, it is strongly recommended that all home showings be by virtual tour and that no in-person showings are held. This will comply with the order and help slow the spread of COVID-19. Of course, safe social distancing also is required by the order and should always be practiced. To read the full guidance, click here.

New Jersey Realtor FAQs CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED FAQs


National
Congress passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package on March 27, 2020, with overwhelming bipartisan support. The National Association of Realtors has provided a basic FAQ for Realtors. NAR says that a s more guidance is released by the Administration on how these new programs will be implemented, updates will be provided. Access the full news release here .
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FEMA is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days to help NFIP policyholders experiencing financial hardships. This extension applies to NFIP flood insurance policies with an expiration date between February 13-June 15, 2020. Read more . Questions? Contact FEMA’s Office of External Affairs, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at   FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov .