Dear MCAR member,
I hope you are staying safe and healthy during this ongoing crisis. The past few days have continued to present us with new changes and resources for REALTORS®. This lengthy email shares the recording of MCAR's latest virtual event, Economic Forecast with Leslie Appleton Young, and a comprehensive recap of information and resources from C.A.R.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Economic Forecast with Leslie Appleton Young on April 3! In case you missed it,
on on the image below for the recording.
A weekly digest to keep you up to speed on the California coronavirus outbreak.
C.A.R. has been working around the clock to provide resources that will help members through this challenging time. Before we start in on this week’s news, we want to make sure you’re caught up on everything C.A.R. has done for you this week:
We have been regularly updating our
pages as soon as new information comes in on programs like Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). For detailed answers to your most pressing questions, see our Relief
FAQ for Agents
Relief FAQ for Brokers
. C.A.R. is also holding webinars on REALTOR® Relief programs
If you can’t find the answers you need in the above FAQs, C.A.R.’s COVID Relief Hotline is here for you. You can call 213-351-8450 for text support 24/7 or for live support Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Additionally, you can email
Take a look at our
Guidelines for Real Estate Best Practices During COVID-19
, which reflect our understanding of Newsom’s stay-at-home order and how to safely conduct real estate at this time. It is essential that we protect the health and well- being of clients, colleagues and our greater communities.
We have compiled a
list of local and county orders
relating to real estate’s status as an essential service, since stricter local and county orders will supersede the state’s order. Note that many cities and counties are changing their guidance/orders based on local events. These change daily, sometimes hourly. We are working to keep this information current, and we encourage you to check back frequently.
C.A.R. has released four
: Listing Agreement Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment (RLA-CAA) is for sellers and listing agents to sign. Property Viewing Advisory and Declaration (PEAD) is to be given to and signed by the seller, buyer, agents and anyone else who will be entering a property. Form NTAP (Notice to Tenant of Ability to Pay Rent During Coronavirus Pandemic) is an informational notice that a landlord can send to a tenant for the purpose of starting a dialogue with the tenant regarding the payment of rent during the coronavirus pandemic.Form RPD (Coronavirus Rent Payment Delay and Repayment) is an addendum to a residential lease or rental agreement that, when agreed to and signed by the landlord and tenant, documents the tenant’s claim that the tenant is unable to pay rent and the reason for the inability; proof of the inability to pay; the amount of the rent not being paid; and a plan to pay it in the future.
In This Issue:
- The Economy & Your Finances: Aid is on the way
- The Market & Industry: Not business as usual
- Around the State: Face masks now recommended, in some places required
- Health Check-up: Resources for older adults and coping with stress
The Economy & Your Finances: Aid is on the way
To combat these rising numbers, the relief promised in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, is beginning to unfurl. The
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
, a $349 billion loan program through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) designed to help small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic, opened to applications last Friday — although the launch process was overwhelmed with applicants and thus
not very smooth
. Within the first 15 minutes of the application going live, Bank of America reported 85,000 applicants had already asked for
$22.2 Billion in loans
. While the program is already open for small business owners and sole proprietors,
independent contractors and self-employed individuals must wait until this Friday, April 10 to apply. Due to the high volume of applications, REALTORS® who intend to apply should do so as soon as possible.
PPP loans are forgivable, guaranteed by the government, have deferred payments and do not require collateral to obtain a loan. For more information on PPP and other SBA-administered relief programs, see the
Small Business Administration Loans page
on C.A.R.’s coronavirus website.
Another key aspect of the CARES Act is the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which expands unemployment benefits eligibility to business owners, self- employed workers and independent contractors, including most REALTORS®. These loans will be distributed to Californians through the California Employment Development Department (EDD), which is still working on implementation procedures. As this is a new program, the EDD is still setting up its systems to process applications from independent contractors, and is also waiting for additional federal guidance on the
Consequently, C.A.R. strongly recommends that members do NOT submit PUA claims now and instead wait for further assistance.
For more information, see the
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page
on C.A.R.’s coronavirus website.
Governor Newsom has called for additional relief for California small businesses, including a one-year period during which small businesses would be able to keep up to $50,000 they would normally owe in state taxes. The
California Small Business Finance Center is also providing loans
to small businesses with between one and 750 employees that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. For more information on state services for small businesses, see the
California COVID website
Sources: CNN, CAL Matters, The New York Times, U.S. Small Business Administration, Forbes, California COVID Response, Business Insider, USA Today, Internal Revenue Service
The Market & Industry: Not business as usual
On March 28, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybsersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) listed
real estate among those services considered “essential”
during this pandemic. Since Governor Newsom based his order on CISA’s list, real estate is now considered an essential service in California. Even so, REALTORS® must exercise extreme caution when returning to work: This is not business as usual.
First, know that local and county guidelines with stricter interpretations of what constitutes an essential service supersede the state guidelines. To ensure your business is complying with the law, you must check local, county and state guidelines wherever you practice real estate. To assist you, C.A.R. has developed a
list of city and county orders
Because these orders change daily, sometimes even hourly, we encourage you to use this list with caution: We are updating the list as quickly as we can, but for the most up-to- date information, you should double check your local and county websites.
Second, it is essential that REALTORS® follow CDC guidelines to ensure the protection of themselves, their clients and their communities while practicing real estate during this time. Be sure to read
C.A.R.’s Guidelines for Best Practices for Real Estate During COVID-19
for critical information on what is and is not allowed during this pandemic. At this time, as much business as possible is to be conducted virtually.
Sources: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, CNBC, HousingWire, OC Register, California State Association of Counties, Los Angeles Times
Around the State: Face masks now recommended, in some places required
Last Thursday, the world passed the milestone of
1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19
, with over 50,000 deaths. In California, as of last night at 9:50 p.m., there were 16,363 confirmed cases of and 387 deaths due to COVID-19. Cases have been reported in 53 of the state’s 58 counties — up from 47 counties last week — with Los Angeles (6,391), San Diego (1,404) and Santa Clara (1,224) counties having the most cases. California is now the fourth-largest outbreak in the country, behind New York (131,815 confirmed cases), New Jersey (41,090 confirmed cases) and Michigan (17,221 cases).
Sources: Los Angeles Times, California Department of Education, The Sacramento Bee, Inside Higher Ed, Mercury News, National Football League, Curbed, California Department of Public Health, U.S. News, California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Check-Up: Resources for older adults and coping with stress
Finding ways to cope with stress will be important for all Californians during this pandemic, not just seniors. Already, the
Los Angeles suicide hotline
has seen a rise in calls related to the coronavirus, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that self-quarantine may lead to an
increase in domestic violence
. CAL Matters
released a list of resources
to help residents navigate the crisis without sacrificing their mental health, and Harvard Medical School has a
guide for parents
on how to ease their children’s anxieties about the virus.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, KCRA, Los Angeles Times, CBS News, CAL Matters, Harvard
University, Politico, Bloomberg, CBS Local Sacramento