WPBOR WEEKLY UPDATE - July 31, 2020

A very special “ Thank You to Cookie Miller" , 2020 RPAC Chair for doing an outstanding job with our RPAC Silent Auction. We would also like to thank everyone who donated items for us to raffle and to all those who bid on these items. We also want to thank everyone who contributed with your Board Dues, MLS Fees, Working the Elections and providing donations and services to help us reach our goal.
 
Thanks to all of you, we reached our goal of $27,111.57!

Congratulations to our members on earning the following designations:
Cookie Miller, GRI of Re/Max Sunset Realty - CRS Designation
Matthew Krupski of Coldwell Bank F.I. Grey & Son - GRI Designation
Thank you to Mike Chissell of Mike Chissell Mortgage and Paul Friedlander of Total Title Solutions for sponsoring our live stream General Membership meeting.
Thank you to WPBOR Board President, Mike Gallo for teaching the Board Orientation to our new members and to Mike Dumas for teaching Ethics and Business Practices. Great job gentlemen!

A special thank you to Angel Cook of Leaders Insurance - 727-376-8000 and Eugenia Parlow of Two Men And A Truck - 727-847-6683 for providing lunch and refreshments to the attendees .
A very special thank you to WPBOR Board President, Mike Gallo and Tanya Eldert for doing such an outstanding job teaching "Leads - The Lifeblood of Real Estate." The class was very informative and motivated the attendees to generate more business! Great job Mike and Tanya!

Another special thank you to Shelita Stuart and Kimberly Duncan of Walden Insurance Network - 727-848-2722 for providing refreshment bags filled with lots of goodies for our members to enjoy.

Thank you to John Gaston of We Beam TV for doing such a great job live streaming this class. Great job John!

Please listen to this excellent class by clicking on the link below. We also have other videos on the West Pasco Board of Realtors You Tube Channel.
Thank you to Paul Micklow of Amerikey Locksmith, Gigi Evans of Dynamic Title, and Gordon Wittstock of Nomad Moving Company for sponsoring the YPN Clean Florida Waterways event. Thank you to everyone who came out and donated their time to helping clean up the Cotee River! We collected more than 15 pounds of trash!
Florida Realtors COVID-19 Resource Page has been updated
The Florida Realtors coronavirus resource page now features a video answering many questions regarding use of the Coronavirus/COVID 19 addendum. There is also a link to a full list of FAQs. This is general guidance for use of the form. Given the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, members are encouraged to call the legal hotline at (407) 438-1409 for specific questions. 

Unemployment update: Apply for state unemployment benefits now even though independent contractors are ineligible by state law. Once denied, you can file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) when a form geared to independent contractors is available from the Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity. Click here to apply
COVID-19 Open House Guide
This guide has been developed based on public communications by the state surgeon general. If you determine that a virtual open house is not an option, here are some dos and don’ts for an in-person event.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: COVID-19 may be spread by individuals who show NO SYMPTOMS; therefore, safety protocols are essential for any practice of in person real estate activity. As such, we recommend that, whenever possible, you should hold virtual open houses.

If you decide in-person open houses are right for your business, carefully plan how you will conduct them given the pandemic. It’s not business as usual. Start developing a strategy to address the potential risks of in-person events. The plan should involve discussions with and/or information collected from:
  • The broker and agent
  • The homeowner
  • The condo or homeowners association

Finalize your plan considering this list of actions you may want to avoid and some you may want to implement.

DO:

DO hold a conversation with your broker and the homeowner about disinfecting the property and the availability and supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
DO ensure measures to disinfect the property prior to and after the event. Disinfecting must be done according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines and is not the same as routine cleaning.
DO evaluate the possibility of providing a website link in your advertising to set appointment times for the open house to help control density, collect contact information, and provide safety information to guests.
DO consider bringing someone to ensure guests are following safety protocols.
DO post a sign, visible to guests, near the entrance to the property that contains essential safety information and have an assistant direct guests’ attention to the sign as they enter.
DO consider having an additional person on site to open the door for those entering and exiting the property, unless you can leave the doors propped open.
DO set up an area outside to converse with guests and answer questions to reduce the time guests spend in the property.
DO keep all interior doors in the home open, if possible, to minimize the need to touch surfaces.
DO plan a route for visitors to follow while touring the property to allow for different guests to be in separate areas of the home and ensure safe distancing in narrow passageways.
DO require all guests to wear face masks and gloves while in the property.
DO have extra disposable PPE available at entrances for guests who do not bring their own.
DO require social distancing; everyone must remain at least 6 feet apart.
DO wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds frequently.
DO place hand sanitizer in strategic locations throughout the property.
DO place an open trash can near the exits to the property for disposal of used PPE.
DO consider the open house a “PAPER FREE ZONE.”
DO take guest contact information electronically or enter it into your mobile device.
DO instruct guests that the property is a “TOUCH-FREE ZONE” except for safety purposes, like a stair railing. Sanitize such surfaces after every visit.

DON'T:

 DON’T conduct an open house if you do not feel well.
DON’T allow guests to enter the property if they are not feeling well.
DON’T let too many individuals into the property at one time. You must control the density to ensure folks stay 6 feet apart.
DON’T allow guests to spend extended time in the property after they have viewed it.
DON’T use sign-in sheets or communal pens or distribute brochures.
DON’T hand out your business cards or allow other agents to leave their cards at the property.

The number of people allowed to congregate in one setting is stated in the reopen Executive Orders. Currently, all gatherings in most of the state are capped at no more than 10. Some properties do not have the square footage to provide social distancing for 10 people, so reduce the group size accordingly.
While this is not an exhaustive list, these are some steps that can help reduce health risks and potential liability in conducting open houses. Remember that subsequent state reopening orders, orders of local governments, and association rules and regulations may impact whether open houses are legal

For more information on coronavirus and Florida real estate, please visit
COVID-19 Property Showing Guide

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and federal and state surgeon generals, you must protect yourself and customers from exposure to or contraction of COVID-19. Here are some of the ways Realtors® can reduce risk as executive and emergency stay-at-home orders relax or expire.

Follow all CDC guidelines
General guidelines

  • Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet away from others. Avoid physical contacts such as hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and proximity.
  • Wash your hands. Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is a well-recognized preventative measure.
  • Cover your mouth and nose in public. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others and in public. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Disinfect surfaces with the appropriate cleaning solutions. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants, diluted household bleach solutions and alcohol solutions will work.
  • Do NOT conduct open houses
  • Do NOT canvas neighborhoods in person (knock on doors, deliver door hangers, etc.)

Whenever possible, conduct all showings virtually. This is the best social distancing technique.
If it is necessary to show a property in person, plan ahead with the owner and the buyer or tenant

  • Wear disposable gloves whenever possible.
  • Ask the owner to wipe down all surfaces before a buyer or tenant is granted access.
  • Advise buyers or tenants in advance that they need to bring and will be required to wear gloves and face coverings, and to avoid touching or adjusting their mask.
  • Consider market availability when requesting additional safety measures like hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment such as shoe coverings or masks.
  • Consider using the Florida Realtors® COVID-19/Coronavirus In-Person Access Acknowledgement form.
  • Limit showings to one group at a time to minimize contact, and schedule showings to allow time for needed cleaning of touched surfaces between showings.
  • Ask the buyer or tenant to limit the number of people viewing the property to only those necessary.
  • Ask the buyer or tenant to refrain from touching items unless necessary.
  • Ask the buyer or tenant to be efficient in minimizing the time physically at the property.
  • For vacant properties, discuss with the owner the plan for proper cleaning. Consider whether a professional cleaning service should be used or whether virtual showings are best.
  • Have the owner coordinate access for showings with the association, if needed.
  • Do NOT show property if you do not feel well.
  • Do NOT show property to someone who does not feel well.

RISK CANNOT BE COMPLETELY ELIMINATED, but these are measures you can use to prioritize safety. Please be sure to refer to state and local orders that govern conduct and may vary based on conditions in your specific area.

  • August 5th, Wednesday - 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Business Partner Committee Meeting - MEETING CANCELLED
  • August 5th, Wednesday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Buyer's Techniques Mastery Live Class by WPBOR Education Chairman, Connie Lucco
  • August 11th, Tuesday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Mortgage 101 and First Time Homebuyers - Live class by Laurie Johnson
  • August 12th, Thursday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - YPN Committee Meeting - DATE CHANGED
  • August 12th, Wednesday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - How To Use Statistics To Make More Money - Live class by Mike Dumas
  • August 13th, Thursday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Education Committee Meeting
  • August 19th, Wednesday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Property Managers Committee Meeting
  • August 19th, Wednesday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Surviving Inspections - Live class by Scott Byrnes and Ronnie Bryant
  • August 20th, Thursday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - List Your Way To Success - Live class by WPBOR President, Mike Gallo
  • August 27th, Thursday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Civic Affairs/HoP Committee Meeting
WPBOR "Member Portal"

All these features are now available to you from the comfort of your home:

Manage Your Profile
  • Change Your Email, Mailing Address, or Contact Phone Numbers
  • Add Your Personal Photo
Upcoming Events
  • Event Calendar: Register for Upcoming Classes and Events
  • Sign Up to Be on a Committee
Quick Links
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  • SUPRA
  • Form Simplicity & MLS Advantage
  • County Websites
  • DBPR
  • NAR
  • & Many More!
Board Dues/Payment History
  • Pay Your Board Dues
  • See Your Payment History and Print Paid Invoices for Your Tax Records



Want to be more involved? Join a Committee Today!  

  • Business Partners (for Business Partners ONLY)            
  • Civic Affairs/HoP
  • Education
  • Grievance**
  • Professional Standards**
  • Public Policy
  • Property Managers
  • RPAC
  • Young Professionals Network
         
** Must be a full time Realtor® for at least 2 years to join.
DBPR Online Services Set Up Guide
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has upgraded their online services, but the new system will require all users, including returning users, to complete a one-time registration profile with your e-mail address as your online ID.

Step 1. Establish an online account.

  • Select Create My Account located in the lower left-hand corner to begin the one-time registration process.
  • On the User Registration page, complete the Account Owner Contact information. The e-mail address provided will be your User ID and will be needed to login to DBPR’s online services, so don’t forget which e-mail address you use.
  • Verify the information on the Preview Registration page. If it is correct, select SAVE. If any changes are needed select EDIT to correct.
  • After saving your information, you will reach a page that states User Registration – Temporary Password Issued. A temporary password will be sent to you via the e-mail address you entered. If you do not receive an e-mail in a short amount of time, be sure to check your span or junk e-mail folder.
  • When you receive your temporary password, return to the link above and enter your e-mail address and the temporary password provided. Select LOG ON.
  • Now you will reach a page that states Create Password. Enter the temporary password provided in the TEMPORARY PASSWORD field. Enter your new, unique password in the NEW PASSWORD and CONFIRM PASSWORD fields. Select SAVE.
  • You have now successfully created an online account.

Step 2. Link your license(s) with your online account.

  • From the Main Menu, select LINK AN EXISTING LICENSE TO MY ACCOUNT.
  • On the Link an Existing License to My Account page, select REAL ESTATE COMMISSION from the category of licenses in the drop down list. Select NEXT.
  • On the Link an Existing License to My Account-Select License page, select the license type from the drop down menu and enter the corresponding license number (numeric characters only). Select NEXT.
  • On the Link an Existing License to My Account-Security Measures page, enter your Initial Activation Code. (This may be the last four digits of your Social Security number or Federal Employer Identification Number.) Enter the Security Check code given. Select NEXT.
  • On the Link an Existing License to My Account-Preview page, check the license number listed. If correct, select ADD.
  • You have now reached the Link an Existing License to My Account-Confirmation page…Congratulations, you have successfully linked your license! Select NEXT to continue.
  • You will now be back at the Main Menu. This license has now been linked under Licenses Linked to My Online Services Account. You can now select this license to renew/maintain online activities. Follow the same steps to link additional licenses if necessary.

Returning Users

  • Insert the above link into your browser and go to LOG IN TO ONLINE PROFILE. Enter your e-mail address and password to access your account.
Free Florida Realtors Tech Support Helpline
The Tech Helpline is available to answer members' questions Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 5 pm EST. Just call 407.587.1450 and have your membership information handy (either your FREC license number or NRDS number). Or you can access this free service via email for computer support questions or chat for live computer support.  

Expert assistance and support
The Tech Helpline team handles a variety of questions and problems, including:

  • Helping Florida Realtors® members maximize the business tools and support features on floridarealtors.org, including setting up your free member website and configuring property functions such as IDX.
  • Advice on shopping for hardware, software or digital equipment.
  • Advice on installing and configuring new hardware and software.
  • Diagnosing computer hardware malfunctions.
  • Helping you get the best performance from your equipment. 
  • Working through system failure of basic hardware and software components.
  • Recommending the most current software for your computer system.
  • Troubleshooting Local Area and Dial-Up Networking configuration and connectivity.

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The West Pasco Board of REALTORS® has a strict policy that it does not sell or distribute (other than to the MLS) the e-mail addresses of our Members. That policy extends to anyone speaking or otherwise presenting to Members through the forum of seminars or presentations. Any such collection, sale or distribution of our Members' e-mail addresses by such a speaker or presenter for any purpose (other than attendance or registration) is therefore prohibited. Allowing a speaker to appear at a Board function or seminar does not imply permission to sell, distribute or use our Members' e-mail addresses for any other purpose.