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The Latest Information on Coronavirus for Realtors in Florida

Florida Realtors is monitoring everything regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the real estate industry and Realtors and sharing it here.

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  • NEW! FHFA Extends Foreclosure and Eviction Bans to June 30. Homeowners with mortgages held by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac cannot be evicted through June 30, nor can renters in buildings acquired by the lending giants. Read more

  • NEW! Foreclosure Ban Extended to June – Eviction Ban Unchanged. Pres. Biden signed an Executive Order extending forbearances and banning foreclosures until June 30. However, he did not change to the eviction ban ending March 31.  Read more

  • The COVID-19 relief bill signed into law in late December 2020 provides unemployment benefits for independent contractors. Florida Realtors and the National Association of Realtors are still sorting through provisions of the $2.3 trillion relief package. Here’s what we know so far. Read more

  • Foreclosures on FHA-insured loans. Single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages have an additional two months of protection from foreclosure action until February 28, 2021. The moratorium prohibits servicers from initiating or proceeding with foreclosure and foreclosure-related eviction actions. 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.
  • 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.
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Information for homeowners and tenants
  • 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.

Florida Realtors White Paper Video: Coronavirus & 'Force Majeure'

The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly unprecedented, but is it considered, legally speaking, an "act of God"? Here, Juana Watkins, Florida Realtors Vice President of Law and Policy & General Counsel, takes a look at how a court may rule on real estate disputes that arise from transactions during this time.

Pandemics and the Fair Housing Act: Best Practices

Does COVID-19 qualify as a disability under the Fair Housing Act? Can agents ask customers about their health? Some answers aren’t clear and may require a court to decide, so make few assumptions – but it’s important to treat each buyer or seller in exactly the same way.