GRAR Member Update
Monday, July 6, 2020
In today's update:

  • Guidelines Still in Place for Phase 2 Re-opening
  • NYSREEF Scholarship Applications due by July 31
  • NYSAR 2021 Committee Signup

New York State Phase 2 Guidelines for Real Estate Are Still in Effect
GRAR continues to receive questions on the appropriate safety guidelines for showing property. Our industry guidance was given at the start of Phase 2, and even though we are now in Phase 4 of the NY Forward Program, all the restrictions and guidance from Phase 2 still apply. Please refresh your understanding of these by reviewing the full NYS guidelines and NYSAR FAQ (links below). Some of the most important practices to follow are:

  • There should be one party inside a home at a time, if possible.
  • Remind your buyer of the importance of arriving on time to the showing. Showings are often scheduled in succession with time needed in between for cleaning.
  • Health screening questions should be asked the day of a showing/meeting.
  • Facial coverings should be worn when in close proximity to members of the public or other REALTORS®.
Health Screening Questions

** Check with your Broker for your firm's procedures for both the Health Screening Questions and the COVID Disclosure Form **

The DOH guidelines require you to ask the health screening questions of your clients, however, the guidelines do not require written questions or answers. You can verbally ask the questions and receive the answers and it is intended to be done on the day of an in-person showing/meeting.

For Fair Housing purposes, we highly recommend that you are consistent with your process for health screening. In other words, collect the information from  all clients   either verbally or in writing.

The questions that must be asked according to the DOH guidelines are:

  • Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Have you traveled from one of the states on the New York State Restricted States list within the last 14 days?
  • If you become symptomatic and/or test positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of visiting this property (buyer) or your property being shown (seller), you are required to disclose this information. (Give contact information)


More about the health screening questionnaire:

NYSAR has developed a simple health screening questionnaire for members to utilize. It should be noted that use of the screening questionnaire is not mandatory but a seller or a broker with seller’s permission, may require every potential buyer/tenant to complete the questionnaire as a prerequisite to viewing property. NYSAR strongly recommends the screening questionnaire should be done remotely to the greatest extent possible (phone, email, web etc.) so as to avoid potential in-person contact and exposure to COVID-19 in the event the person answers yes to any question. A licensee may read the questions from the questionnaire to the consumer over the phone and fill in the appropriate information and responses (a log book that contains the consumers identity, contact information and responses to the questions would also be permitted).
NYSREEF Scholarships
Applications due by July 31
The New York State Real Estate Education Foundation provides scholarships for national designation courses to active REALTORS practicing full-time in New York State. The deadline to apply is July 31. Fall scholarships are awarded in October. 

NYSAR will likely be offering ‘live streamed’ designation courses through the winter, so this is a great time to finish up a designation you have started, or start one you have been considering.
NYSAR 2021 COMMITTEE SIGNUP
NYSAR has more than 25 committees, forums, working groups and foundations for members to participate in and offer guidance and support for the organization as a whole. Online registration runs July 1-31.

Learn more about the various committees, forums, working groups and foundations.
Reach out to us at GRARHelpDesk@grar.net with any questions and check your Member Portal for general news items. 
Please visit the GRAR Coronavirus page for all updates, other related information, and links to NAR, NYSAR, and the New York State Coronavirus pages.
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