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The Department of Real Estate (DRE) issued a  News Release  today relating to Governor Gavin Newsom’s  Executive Order N-71-20  issued June 30, 2020, which impacts DRE applicants and licensees. In relation to this new order, DRE has posted new FAQs on its  website

On July 14, the Governor issued an Executive Order N-71-20 affecting DRE Licensees. Highlights include extending the following until December 31, 2020: 
  • timeframes associated with examination application expiration dates 
  • timeframes associated with license expiration dates
  • deadlines related to the payment of license application fees 
  • deadlines related to the payment of license renewal fees 
  • deadlines related to completing continuing education requirements for expiring licensees 
  • deadlines specified in existing Orders issued by the Real Estate Commissioner
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A weekly digest to keep you up to speed on the California coronavirus outbreak.

Welcome to the 20 th  issue of the California Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter. Before we get started, if you need to reopen a previously closed claim for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), make sure you check out our  step-by-step guide . We also encourage you to take a look at the newest issue of  California Real Estate  magazine for a piece on  mastering the virtual transaction and an interview with  C.A.R. CEO Joel Singer and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young  on how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted real estate.

In This Issue:
  • The Economy & Your Finances: Unemployment rises, stimulus package negotiations begin
  • The Market & Industry: Wave of upcoming evictions anticipated
  • Around the State: California is a "new New York"
  • Health Check-Up: Moderna's vaccine study begins final testing phase

The Economy & Your Finances: Unemployment rises, stimulus package negotiations begin

The U.S. economy — which began recovering from the first wave of coronavirus shutdowns in May — is  stalling again . Several large employers have announced layoffs, out-of-work Americans are becoming more pessimistic about getting their jobs back, and roughly  one in five  American workers are collecting unemployment benefits. Last Thursday, the Labor Department reported  1.4 million  new applicants filed for unemployment last week, an increase from 1.3 million in the preceding two weeks.
 
In California,  unemployment claims rose  last week to their highest level in three months; in some cases, those claims were from workers initially laid off in March or April, brought back in May or June, and then let go again with the most recent surge of cases. In the past three months, California has seen more unemployment applications than it did during the entirety of the  Great Recession . Members that need to reopen a PUA claim with EDD can use C.A.R.’s new  Step-by-Step Guidance for Reopening a Claim .
 
Americans receiving unemployment — both traditional and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) — received their final  $600 weekly boost  from the federal government for the week ending July 25. While the United States Senate is meeting this week about another stimulus package, the GOP plan unveiled Monday would replace the $600 per week with  70 percent of a worker’s previous wages . Those on unemployment would receive a reduced sum of $200 extra per week until October, when the 70 percent wage replacement limitation (up to a maximum of $500 per week over the state benefit) would take effect.
 
The proposed $1 trillion plan would also send checks of $1,200 and $2,400 to individuals and couples respectively, using the same qualifications as the checks approved in March. The plan would also extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and allow small businesses with fewer than 300 employees (including independent contractors with no employees) that have seen revenue fall by more than 50% to apply for a second PPP loan.
 
The Democrats’ proposed  $3 trillion plan , introduced last May, would extend the $600 weekly unemployment boost through the end of the year. Negotiations on the stimulus package will continue to play out this week.
 
Sources: CBS News, The New York Times, The Mercury News, CAL Matters, CNBC, CNN


The Market & Industry: Wave of upcoming evictions anticipated

With the $600 weekly benefit now gone, experts are concerned about a possible  upcoming wave of evictions .  In some places, the  wave has already begun , even though the eviction moratorium on properties with federally-backed mortgages expires at the end of this week.  Renters  have been hit hard by the pandemic and stand to be hit  even harder  by the end of the extra unemployment benefits.  Black and Hispanic  renters are especially at risk of losing their homes.
 
In  California , Governor Newsom has extended an authorization allowing local governments to delay evictions through September. When the moratorium expires, Los Angeles alone could have  365,000 renter  households in imminent danger of eviction. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has warned of a “ homeless armageddon ” once the moratorium is lifted.
 
The real estate market continues to move, with nationwide sales of  new houses jumping to a 13-year high and demand so high that buyers continue to make offers  sight-unseen . In California, June saw home sales increase more than  40 percent  on a month-to-month basis, although the state is still hovering below 2019 levels by 12.8 percent. While buyer demand remains high — weekly mortgage demand is up  19 percent  from this time last year — inventory remains a significant challenge for California’s housing recovery.
 
Sources: Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Forbes, Zillow Research, CNBC, ABC News, UCLA Luskin Institute on Equality and Democracy, Politico, HousingWire, REALTOR® Magazine, C.A.R. Research & Economics


Around the State: California is a "new New York"

California — along with three other hard-hit states: Texas, Arizona and Florida — now resembles a “ new New York ,” according to the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator. New York was once the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States; now California has the  highest number of cases in the nation (though this can be partially attributed to California being the most populous state in the nation). As of yesterday at 9:58 p.m., cases in California numbered  473,500  and deaths had hit 8,716. California has the largest number of coronavirus cases in the country, ahead of New York. Thirty-three of California’s 58 counties are on the state’s  watchlist .
 
Experts predict it could take  four to five weeks  before cases start to decline. In the meantime, counties have stepped up their  enforcement  efforts, issuing fines to individuals and businesses for violating public health orders.
 
COVID-19 is killing more Californians than ever before and exacerbating existing inequalities, with the  Latinx  community and  Pacific Islanders  getting hit particularly hard.
 
Major League Baseball  came back last week only to face a coronavirus outbreak just days into the season, and  Google  has announced it will allow all employees to continue working from home until at least next summer.
 
Sources: Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, California Department of Public Health, The Mercury News, NBC Bay Area, NPR


Health Check-Up: Moderna's vaccine study begins final testing phase

The final phase of the world’s biggest COVID-19  vaccine study  began on Monday with 30,000 volunteers. While the vaccine involves a technology that has never been used to make a successful vaccine before, Dr. Anthony Fauci has said he is “ not particularly concerned ” about the safety risk. If one of the vaccines in testing right now does prove to successfully protect again COVID-19, it might not be widely available until  several months into 2021 .
 
In the meantime, other diseases could make resurgences, as California child vaccination rates in June fell to about  87 percent  of what they were in 2019. But in some good news, experts say it’s  unlikely  that a person is able to contract COVID-19, recover and then contract it again — reports of reinfection are likely cases of drawn-out illness.
 
The evidence continues to indicate that  staying home  can have a measurable impact on slowing the spread of the coronavirus. When you do leave the house, wear a mask with  at least two layers of fabric , preferably three, for the best protection.
 
Sources: Los Angeles Times, CNBC, The Mercury News, The New York Times, MSN