WPBOR WEEKLY UPDATE - June 26, 2020
As a reminder, your invoice to renew your  2020-2021 Stellar MLS subscription  is available for you to review and pay.
Fast and Convenient Online Payment
The fastest, most convenient way to renew your subscription is online via your Stellar portal. Pay online now. You can pay your invoice any time before  5:00 pm, June 30, 2020,   to avoid a suspension of your Stellar MLS account and an additional reinstatement fee.
Visit the  Billing FAQs page for additional payment options, including where to mail a check payment and answers to other billing questions.
For questions or concerns contact us at  annualbilling@stellarmls.com  (include your name and MLS ID number in your email) or call 800-686-7451 for assistance.

If you have already paid your Stellar MLS renewal invoice, please disregard this message.
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 Paul Friedlander of Total Title Solutions for providing refreshments at our "Contract to Close" class. Also Thank You to Mike Dumas for teaching this class!!
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 handwashing 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, countertops, 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.
EXTENSION OF LICENSE EXPIRATION DATE FOR REAL ESTATE LICENSES TO DECEMBER 31, 2020

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, on May 31, 2020, enacted the Emergency Order 2020-07, which extends the renewal deadline until December 31, 2020, for the holders of any licenses issued by the Florida Real Estate Commission with an existing renewal deadline falling within June 2020 through December 2020. This includes all licensees from the March 2020 renewal group that had their renewal deadline extended June 2020 as well as the September 2020 renewal group. The necessary educational requirements for the renewal of the licenses extended by this Order is also suspended through December 31, 2020.
 
In order to prevent any delays in the renewal process, we encourage you to renew your license prior to the end of the renewal period using your Online Services account
  • July 7th, Tuesday - 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Business Partner Committee Meeting
  • July 8th, Wednesday - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - YPN Cotee River Cleanup
  • July 8th, Wednesday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Real Estate Photography and Drones - Live class by Mike Dumas
  • July 9th, Thursday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Education Committee Meeting
  • July 9th, Thursday - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Civic Affairs/HoP Committee Meeting
  • July 9th, Thursday - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Introduction to International Real Estate - Live FR Webinar - From your remote location - 2 Hrs. CE Credit
  • July 13th, Monday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Avoid Condominium Sale Chaos - Live class by WPBOR President, Mike Gallo and Kelly Santos
  • July 16th, Thursday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Getting Started with Video Marketing - Live class by WPBOR President, Mike Gallo
  • July 22nd, Wednesday - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm - "Get Hitched" Manufactured Homes May Take A Few Extra Steps - Live class by Jody Pastorino
  • July 28th, Tuesday - 9:30 am - 11:15 am - Mandatory New Member Orientation - Lunch to follow
  • July 28th, Tuesday - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Mandatory Ethics Training - 3 Hrs. FREE CE Credit
  • July 30th, Thursday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Civic Affairs/HoP Committee Meeting
  • July 30th, Thursday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Leads- The Lifeblood of Real Estate - Live class by WPBOR President, Mike Gallo and Tanya Eldert
  • August 5th, Wednesday - 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Business Partner Committee Meeting DATE CHANGE
  • 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, 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
  • MLS                                                                                 
  • 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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For more than 100 years, Florida Realtors® has been dedicated to helping members  THRIVE  as Realtors ®  by providing products and services no one else can match. 
 
To quickly connect you and your members to all of the Florida Realtors® benefits, we have updated our popular Products & Services Guide and highlighted the latest features. A sample can be found online at Florida Realtors

Features at a glance: 

  • What’s in it for me? Clean, restructured format that is focused on what matters most to members.
  • Looking for legal advice? Need tech recommendations on what to buy next? This guide provides an all-in-one-place contact list for each program, product and service.
  • New services will help members connect, grow, learn and earn more.
  • Common goals and building bridges: highlighting easy ways for members to connect and get involved at the local and state level.
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PRIVACY AND EMAILS
 
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.