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The Latest Information on Coronavirus for Realtors in Florida

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  • Second round of CARES Act funding to counties. The week of Sept. 21, 2020,  Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s plan for the second round of disbursement of the CARES Act funding for counties with populations below 500,000. This is a follow up to June's announcement of the first round of funding released from the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to Florida’s 55 counties with populations below 500,000, totaling $318.8 million. This second round of funding provides an additional $255 million, for a total of $574 million, to these 55 counties with the following requirements:
  • DeSantis narrows Florida eviction ban, extends to Oct. 1. This latest Executive Order makes it clear that the ban applies only to the “final action” and not for reasons other than a COVID-19 emergency. Read more.
  • Federal eviction moratorium extended: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will extend moratoriums on single-family foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) evictions until at least Dec. 31, 2020. Get details here.
  • SBA to open PPP loan forgiveness portal: Starting Aug. 10, the banks who loaned PPP funds can ask SBA to forgive the money. Read more.
  • NAR advocates for coronavirus relief: Here's a look at NAR's letter to Congress regarding priorities for the next COVID-19 pandemic relief package.

  • SBA's EIDL loan program reopens to all small businesses: After EIDL money grew tight, the Small Business Administration offered less disaster-loan money and limited it to agriculture. But loans are once again available to small businesses. Read more.

  • In-person showing safety guidelines: Florida Realtors has issued updated safety guidelines for Realtors, including a printable poster to use during Open Houses.  

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  • FORM: COVID-19 extension addendum to contract: Florida Realtors released a new contract extension addendum that allows for time periods and dates to be extended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • FORM: COVID-19 and contract performance: The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly unprecedented, but is it considered, legally speaking, an "act of God"? Here's a look at how a court may rule on real estate disputes that arise from transactions during this time. The white paper can also be downloaded as a PDF here.
  • FORM: COVID-19 in-person access acknowledgment form: In an effort to be responsive to the members' demands for a form addressing the risk of entering properties, Florida Realtors has released the new COVID-19/Coronavirus In-Person Access Acknowledgement on Form Simplicity. We have prepared these frequently asked questions to guide you in its usage.
  • COVID-19 Legal Hotline FAQs: Florida Realtors attorneys share answers to the top coronavirus questions they are fielding from Realtors across the state. Read them here. 
  • Office reopening guide for brokers: Florida Realtors has prepared a guide so when real estate brokers ready to open their offices to employees and customers can do so safely.
  • Free Form Simplicity upgrade: All Florida Realtors members not already subscribed to Form Simplicity’s Ultimate Edition will be upgraded at no cost. This update includes unlimited Sign. Florida Realtors will also provide a discount to members whose individual Ultimate Edition renewals will take place through June 30, 2020. Learn more about this member benefit here.
  • Remote notaries: On Jan. 1, authorization for remote notarizations became law, meaning buyers and sellers no longer have to be in the same room. Here’s what you need to know.
  • Open houses: All Realtors are encouraged to follow NAR’s guidance regarding Open Houses found here.
  • CDC business safety strategies: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidance for businesses and employers here.
  • NAR guides for Realtors and Realtor Associations: The National Association of Realtors has posted a guide for Realtors in relation to COVID-19 and a guide for Realtor Associations in relation to COVID-19.
  • Travel guidance: Here is specific information from the CDC regarding travel.
  • HOAs and condos: Here is a look at frequently asked questions surrounding COVID-19.
  • Federal eviction moratorium extended: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will extend moratoriums on single-family foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) evictions until at least Dec. 31, 2020. Get details here.
  • Governor narrows Florida eviction ban, extends to Oct. 1. This latest Executive Order makes it clear that the ban applies only to the “final action” and not for reasons other than a COVID-19 emergency. Read more.
  • Legal Update: Rental evictions: On May 4, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court ordered that landlords may not use Florida Statutes to evict a residential tenant who fails to pay rent. Though subject to debate, there appears to be no expiration date on the order suspending the issuance of writs of possession.  More info about evictions is here
  • Vacation rentals have reopened in most counties. Find out more, including details about safety precautions for owners, here.
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Real estate licensing
  • License renewal: The March 31, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020, renewal deadlines have been extended to Dec. 31, 2020. No late fee will be assessed on an eligible license renewal during this period. More information here
  • FREC approves live streaming of CE courses: By emergency rule, FREC approved video conferencing of in-person courses so Realtors may fulfill biennial license requirements, including post- and pre-licensure ones.
  • Other online courses: If you need CE classes, please take a look at Florida Realtors’ online class options here.
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Information for homeowners and tenants
  • Governor extends ban on evictions. Hours before the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures was set to expire, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a new executive order that extends the current ban to Aug.  31. Read more.
  • Mortgage payment deferral option: The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are making available a new payment deferral option that allows borrowers, who are able to return to making their normal monthly mortgage payment, the ability to repay their missed payments at the time the home is sold, refinanced, or at maturity. Learn more here.
  • Federal housing problem assistance: Homeowners and renters can now visit a single federal website to find federal programs that can help with COVID-19-related housing problems. The site includes info for homeowners that have a mortgage backed by FHA, VA, USDA, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Click here to find out more.
Florida Realtors updates
  • All in-person meetings held at the state association's Orlando headquarters and the Tallahassee office are canceled until further notice.
  • Please check with your local association on whether Florida Realtors' professional development classes will still be held at their location.
Local actions
  • The Florida Institute for County Government offers this convenient dashboard to locate various local actions related to coronavirus.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic turmoil and new challenges. As the industry faced these unprecedented times, you adapted and adjusted to continue your business of listing and selling real estate.

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