March 31, 2020 Legal Updates, Government & Community Affairs, COVID-19
The Department of Public Health issued guidance for short-term rentals, restricting the rental of properties for 31-days or less to COVID-19 support until May 4.
The latest real estate industry-related information relating to COVID-19.
News and updates that impacts transactions and business operations such as government office and business closings, changes to requirements and regulations and more guidance on how to transact business while practicing social distancing and observing temporary orders and regulations.
The attorneys at the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® has been working diligently to provide our members with the most relevant information and resources as we navigate this pandemic. MAR has developed a COVID-19 Addendum that you may use to accompany real estate purchase contracts. This addendum addresses COVID-19-specific delays and allows for an extension to the time for performance.
This form is available for download and will be available through our forms platform shortly.
Smoke Certification Addendum
During the state of emergency issued on March 10, 2020 due to the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), any inspection of a dwelling, building, or structure that is required by Sections 26F and 26F1/2 of Chapter 148 of the General Laws may be deferred as a condition of a sale or transfer of said dwelling, building, or structure.
Download the MAR Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Inspection addendum below.
CCIAOR is offering weekly live continuing education webinars at 1:00 pm every Wednesday from March 25th through the end of April. These webinars will allow you to earn continuing education hours to renew your license. View the upcoming schedule below and register for upcoming webinars.
License Renewal Update
On March 20th, Governor Baker signed an order extending all professional licensures in Massachusetts that expire during the State of Emergency to extend licenses for 90 days after the State of Emergency ends. This extension covers real estate and appraisal licenses.
Many MLSs around the country are having to modify their rules to allow properties to stay Active if sellers are only allowing virtual showings or other unique showing options. However, our rules do not need to be modified as they were already broad enough to incorporate alternative showings.
The Cape Cod & Islands MLS rules already broadly state, "you may not misrepresent the ability to show a property" which means if there are limitations on showings - for example, you cannot show it right now or only allow virtual showings but you want it to remain active, then just note that in the agent remarks. Remember, showing instructions - for the safety of your seller clients - should not be placed in the public remarks.
In addition, you can take a property 'Temp Off Market' to stop the Days on market calculations if your seller does not want you to actively market the property during this time.
Please contact CCIMLS support with any questions during this time.
NAR has released continually updated guidance about conducting real estate in the time of the coronavirus. This includes how to properly ask if any of your clients have been exposed to the coronavirus, precautions to take in your listings, in your offices and more.
This resource is automatically updated as NAR releases new information, so please consider bookmarking this page.
During the COVID-19 social distancing period, the association's physical office will be closed to walk-ins for the safety of our staff, members and community. We are happy to work with you via phone, video call or email to resolve any issues or answer any questions you may have. Staff members are working remotely and association and MLS services are available during normal business hours.
All in-person classes and events are cancelled or rescheduled from now until mid-April.
Our Community Needs Your Help. Here is How You Can Give Back #thatswhower
A REALTOR® knows neighborhoods, the neighbors, and volunteers to make it better. Check out these opportunities of how to give back to the community and support those in need. That's who we R as REALTORS®.
CCIAOR itself is stepping up. While our conference center is not in use, the Red Cross will be using it for blood drives.
BECOME A DRIVER TO DELIVER MEALS TO THE ELDERLY
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands has an urgent need for weekly volunteers for drivers in the Town of Yarmouth. Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands has been delivering Meals on Wheels since 1972. They currently have 14 nutrition sites in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties. Meals are delivered to seniors 60 and older, Monday through Friday by volunteer drivers. Meals are picked up at the meal site by 10:00 a.m., and deliveries take roughly 1 to 2 hours. Training is provided and mileage reimbursement is available. Volunteer on your own, partner with a spouse or friend, or adopt a route with your group or business. Your commitment can be daily, once weekly, once monthly, or be placed on a substitute list.
Please contact Gail Murray, Nutrition Site Coordinator, at 508-398-5060 or Dawn Ericson-Taylor, Volunteer Resource Manager at 508-394-4630.
FEED A CHILD WHO NEEDS A MEAL
Cape Kid Meals distributes food to children who are on the free/reduced lunch program in most Cape Cod school systems. Their food is normally given for the weekends, but are expanding their services to meet the anticipated need. Click here to learn more, or click here to support the American Culinary Federation of Cape Cod's fundraiser for Cape Kid Meals if you prefer to donate online.
SEND HAPPINESS TO KIDS IN HOMELESS SHELTERS
Housing Assistance Corporation hosts families in their four homeless shelters, which are reducing visitors and outside activities to limit possible exposure to coronavirus/COVID-19. With the children out of school, families need to stay engaged. Please consider shipping donations of new art supplies, games, and activities to Housing Assistance at 460 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. Needed items include:
These donations will go to families at their Angel House shelter in Hyannis, Carriage House shelter in North Falmouth, Scattered Sites shelter in Hyannis, and Village at Cataumet in Bourne. Find out more about how to send happiness to a child.