Open Houses Update from GRAR
The association continues to receive questions about whether agents should be holding open houses at this time. While the MLS and Association cannot restrict you from holding an open house, we recommend that you have a detailed conversation with your seller about the potential dangers of open houses during this period of social distancing. The Federal Government has asked for public gatherings to be limited to 10 or fewer people. When scheduling showings or open houses please keep this in mind and continue to follow CDC protocols for health and safety. This is for the safety of the entire community, not just those hosting or attending an open house. There is serious concern that many asymptomatic people can be carrying the virus and unknowingly spread it to others who are at higher risk.

GRAR and UNYREIS have several tools in place that can help you continue to conduct business while maintaining social distance. Showing Time can be very helpful to manage showings to allow for sufficient time between showings and avoiding overlap of appointments. Transaction Deck is a great way to manage contracts and addenda without having to be in physical vicinity of others.

If you have other ideas to help stay safe, please share with your peers on the GRAR Facebook Group.

Please remain careful and conscientious as you conduct your business.
U.S. Congress Passes Legislation
NAR announced that 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 issued the following information to inform members about this legislation.

Please visit the NAR Coronavirus web page regularly for all NAR Coronavirus information including guidance for REALTORS ® and clients to stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus.
NAR Flash Member Surveys
Here are results from the first NAR Flash Member Survey. This survey pertains to both the residential and commercial markets. NAR is planning to issue results from their most recent Member Flash Survey every Thursday.

The first survey was conducted on March 16 and 17. It was delivered to a random sample of 72,734 across the country. There were 3,059 usable responses.
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