The Green Sheet | Friday, June 26, 2020
Weekly Headlines
Guidance on Resuming In-Person Public Open Houses and Broker Tours
As of Thursday, June 25th, the ability to schedule in-person Broker Tours and Public Open Houses was re-enabled in the Greenwich MLS system. Public Open houses may resume this weekend starting Saturday, June 27th, and Broker Tours will begin Tuesday, June 30th, and Thursday, July 2nd. The GAR/GMLS Board of Directors strongly urges members to adhere to all safety recommendations, guidance, and policies from your Broker/Head of Office, the CDC, State of CT, Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, and National Association of REALTORS. Specific guidance for protocol pre-, during, and post- in-person showings is available in The Point.

Stay of Evictions Expanded through August 1
The Connecticut Judicial Branch has extended the stay of the service of all issued executions on evictions through August 1, 2020. The stay was initially set to expire on July 1, 2020. More information about mortgage relief for residents and businesses, as well as residential rent protections that remain in place is available via

2020 NAR Annual Conference will be Virtual
The National Association of Realtors® announced Wednesday that the 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, previously scheduled from November 13-16 in New Orleans, will be transitioned to a fully virtual format in light of ongoing health and safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. NAR completed the first-ever virtual iteration of its Legislative Meetings from May 12-14, where 28,000 participating Realtors® nearly tripled the annual conference’s average attendance. Read the full press release on

Conveyance Tax Increase for Residential Sales over $2.5 Million Effective 7/1
On June 26, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont approved the budget passed by the Connecticut State Legislature. This new budget increased the conveyance tax on residential real estate sales where the sales price is more than $2.5 million. The new tax rate, which takes effect on July 1, 2020, is as follows: (1) 0.75% on the first $800,000 of the sales price plus (2) 1.25% on the portion of the sales price between $800,000 and $2.5 million plus (3) 2.25% on the portion of the sales price greater than $2.5 million. More detail on the increase, and tax credits available to impacted sellers who remain residents of CT will be available from the DRS soon.

NAR Implicit Bias Training and Test for REALTOR® Members
As part of its commitment to addressing racial injustice in America, the National Association of Realtors® has begun circulating a new 50-minute implicit bias training video to its members and association staff. Partnering with the New York-based Perception Institute, NAR’s online video draws upon recent research to illustrate how the human brain’s automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause people to treat those who are different from them unfairly. Scientific evidence also suggests these biases persist despite people’s best intentions and often without conscious awareness. Test whether you have a hidden bias.
Upcoming Events
Using the 'Coming Soon-No Showings' Status
As of 5/1, listings of all property types are able to be entered into the GMLS system under a 'Coming Soon' status, which indicates that the property will be coming to market soon, but is not yet available to be shown. This status can be particularly helpful while final maintenance and/or staging is completed. Please note that in the Greenwich MLS, listings may only be 'Coming Soon' for up to 7 days. (This may differ from other local MLSs. Subscriber listings for properties in Greenwich must comply with Greenwich MLS policy.) When the start showing date is set, it cannot be shortened. If the initial Start Showing Date is set for less than 7 days from the list date, it may be extended up to 7 days from the list date.

GMLS Subscription Renewals Due by August 15th
The GMLS Subscription and RETS renewal orders for June through December 2020 are available in your account online . Invoices have been emailed. Due to COVID 19, the payment deadline has been extended to August 15th.

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CTR Accepting Officer Applications
If you are interested in serving on the Connecticut REALTORS® Executive Committee for 2021, the deadline to submit an  application form  is July 8. Visit the CTREALTORS website  for more info and requirements for application.

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GAR Member & GMLS Subscriber Updates

Gregory Gillman, Peluso Real Estate Corp (RA) Association Only
Robert Crowley, S.C.A. Crowley Real Estate (P)

Russ Caruso, Compass of Connecticut (RA)

New Firm:
S.C.A. Crowley Real Estate
166 Kings Highway North | Westport, CT 06880
Robert Crowley
Phone: 203.227.5050