Safer At Home Order - April 24, 2020
Dear PPAR Members,

The conversations and directions from our Government officials continue to change. Following Gov. Polis’ announcement to transition from Stay at Home guidelines to Safer at Home guidelines, including the loosening of some business and social activity restrictions beginning April 27th, the Colorado Association of REALTORS® proactively submitted recommendations to clarify essential real estate activities and facilitate the appropriate opening of a pipeline of new real estate transactions to serve the demand and needs of consumers.

The lessons we have learned from the last 4 weeks is to get our Government officials on the same page and getting specific guidelines
in writing .

Even though  Gov. Polis announced the Stay at Home orders will be lifted on April 27, PPAR and CAR want to provide you with specific guidelines in order to help you navigate the next phase and future phases.

The request, submitted to Gov. Polis, the Attorney General’s office, DORA, and the Division of Real Estate , recommended real estate Business Services, at a minimum, include the following activities:
  • Scheduled listing appointments with prospective buyers, sellers, landlords or tenants where virtual meetings are not feasible.
  • Placement of lockboxes and signage on property.
  • Furniture staging and real estate still and virtual photography by licensees or professional photographers.
  • Private, scheduled showings with no more than 3 people present in-home at any one time.

We will tirelessly continue to advocate on your behalf. NAR, CAR, and PPAR continuously update their COVID-19 webpages with new information.
Scott Peterson, CAR General Counsel, explains in greater detail what Safer at Home means to you and how it could impact real estate.

It is important to self-police and protect the real estate industry and your clients during this time. The guidelines for real estate in the Safer at Home order can be revoked and real estate shut down if it’s perceived that brokers are acting irresponsibly.
The Real Estate Commission is actively investigating complaints filed for breaking the rules of the Executive and Public Health Orders. The Attorney General’s Office has already fined several brokers $1,000 for breaking the Stay at Home order.
The main goal is still to stop the
spread of the virus.
REALTORS® have a special responsibility to take ALL necessary health and safety precautions, including those ordered by your state or locality, whichever are stricter .
Have a serious talk with your clients about the virus and what Safer at Home means. Provide clients with updated information from CDC or other reputable sources.

If clients are considered high risk, then encourage them to not risk exposure unnecessarily.

We strongly encourage you to use virtual showings and limit in-person activity. Assume that everyone has the virus and is not following the rules.

PPAR and RSC staff will continue to help you by answering your calls and emails. We will continue to offer online education courses, programs, seminars, committee meetings, SentriLock support and the many other services we have always done to support you.
The way we do business is rapidly changing.
Until Government officials give us specific guidelines to follow, here are some safe practices to discuss with your clients.
Information to Help Your Business
How to Secure Your Business Through the CARES Act
The funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Business Loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) will soon be replenished. Don’t wait to apply — funding is limited.
NAR has provided a video explaining the PPP and EIDL loan process and includes REALTORS® who have successfully navigated their way through the process sharing their advice and experiences.
The Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness
This resource was designed exclusively to meet the specific financial planning needs of REALTORS®. This complimentary and comprehensive
program includes help to assess your current financial profile, receive personalized financial planning goals, practice financial planning decisions in a risk-free way, and explore a robust library of budgeting, retiring, and real estate investing resources.

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As we work together we need to hear from you.
PPAR and RSC staff continue to make direct calls to the membership. Please take our call. We only need 5 minutes to better understand your needs during this trying time. Our goal is to provide the necessary support and resources needed so your business may be as successfully as possible.