COVID-19

The Governor has announced Phase 1 reopening after May 15th, 2020. Below are businesses that can start to re-open in Phase 1: Safer at Home. Businesses are limiting to 25% of normal occupancy allows for physical distancing. Occupancy capacity is based on both the gross square footage and the use of a building as well as the amount of space required for individuals to stay six feet apart. The occupancy capacity includes customers and employees. 

 

Now Open with limitations (25% occupancy, sanitation, spacing for physical distancing)

  • Churches
  • Solo and non-contact Sports
  • Barbers and salons
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums (no tactile exhibits)
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • In malls, only stores with exterior entrances
  • Restaurants, coffee shops and cafes
  • Bars and breweris with LDH food permit – takeout, delivery, and dine-in seating only
  • Theaters
  • Casinos and Video Poker
  • Racetracks (not open to spectators)

For more specific information and guidance, visit www.opensafely.la.gov

YPN Seminar featuring Brian Moses

Your Professional Network (YPN) held a webinar featuring National Speaker, Brian Moses on ways to keep your business on top during this pandemic. 

Click here to view the webinar!

 

Financial Help For COVID-19 Relief

Filing for Unemployment - UPDATE

Due to an unprecedented demand of unemployment claims, please file your weekly certification based on the following rules. If the last digit of your social security number is between 0 and 3, please file your weekly certification on Sunday or Wednesday thru Saturday. If the last digit of your SSN is between 4 and 6, please file your weekly certification on Monday or Wednesday thru Saturday. If the last digit of your SSN number is between 7 and 9, please file your weekly certification on Tuesday thru Saturday. 

 

Realtors Now Qualify for the Payment Protection Program (PPP)

Attention REALTOR® Members:

Beginning on April 10th banks are now accepting applications for the PPP (Payment Protection Program) for Independent contractors who file their taxes using 1099 forms, which is the majority of the RAA membership. We strongly encourage you to reach out to your bankers to discuss this PPP application and also consult your broker. 

The RAA President, Jim Keaty has done an excellent video on how to apply for the PPP and how REALTORS® need to file. Please take the time to listen below and get the in’s and out’s of the application process.

Online Forum with the Small Business Administration

During this webinar Small Business Administration representatives go through the Payment Protection Program (PPP) as well as other loan programs members can apply for if they have been affected by COVID-19.

PLEASE take the time to listen!

 

Unemployment Assistance

Independent Contractors, including REALTORS, Eligible for Unemployment Assistance. 

The CARES Act legislation includes a provision that provides for temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through December 31st, 2021.

 

Click Here For More Information

Appraiser Update

New guidelines have been issued for Appraisers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Be sure to talk to lenders about these new guidelines. 

Click here to learn more!

 

Working Virtually? What Does it all Mean!?

So we’ve started talking about all kinds of virtual “work” for listing and selling agents these days. Here is a run-down on the differences between them:

Virtual Open House
LIVE, scheduled event that is held via Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting or some other similar service.
*In MLS, you can add them Scheduled Marketing Activities section of the Change Listing Page.

Virtual Showing
LIVE, scheduled showing that is held via Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting or some other similar service.
*To learn more about scheduling and conducting a virtual showing, click here for ShowingTime’s March newsletter with how-to videos.

Virtual Tour:
A slide show or other interactive media that is pre-recorded or created and NOT scheduled.  There is no live component for a virtual tour.
*In MLS, you can add one in the Media section of the Change Listing Page.

Video:
A walkthrough or presentation that is pre-recorded or created and not scheduled.
*Available in the Media section of the Change Listing Page.

Click here to Create A Virtual Open House!

 

Real Estate Market Adapts During COVID-19

KATC sat down with REALTOR® Association of Acadiana President, Jim Keaty on how agents and consumers are adapting amidst the coronavirus. 

 

NAR Releases Right Tools, Right Now

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has released the Right Tools, Right Now initiative, which was activated once before in 2009, makes new and existing NAR products and services available for FREE or at significant discounts – right now – and is available to REALTORS®.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to expand your knowledge base. 

COVID-19 UPDATE

With the ongoing spread of COVID-19, our team at the Realtor® Association of Acadiana is committed to supporting you during this difficult time.

We will provide updates and resources to help our members and our members’ businesses, along with our community. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to Susan Holliday

Online Forum With U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy

The RAA Leadership Team wants to be sure every RAA member has an opportunity to listen to the below webinar which was hosted by Louisiana REALTORS® with Senator Bill Cassidy.

On the call, Senator Cassidy offered real ways in which members may be able to get some financial relief during this unprecedented crisis.

The webinar only lasts about 30 minutes.

PLEASE take the time to listen!

An Update from LREC on COVID-19

The LREC takes the health and safety of our stakeholders, communities, and employees very seriously. We are committed to serving the real estate community during this unprecedented time.

Pursuant to Governor Edwards’ March 22, 2020 proclamation, the LREC has closed the office to the public at this time. In order to protect our staff from the spread of COVID-19, our employees will be teleworking but remain committed to keeping the operations and functions of the agency going.

While we are continuing to accept paperwork via mail, fax, email, and our office drop box, please note that our current staffing situation may cause slight delays in processing.

We ask that you reach out with any questions via email rather than leaving voicemails at this time. All of our employees are monitoring their email remotely and this is the fastest way to receive a response to your questions. Please use the emails below for the fastest response:

How Does the Governor’s Stay At Home Order Impact Real Estate

By: Patricia B. McMurray, JD and Melissa M. Grand, JD
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
450 Laurel Street, Chase Tower North, 21st Floor
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving.  Many state and local governments across the country are issuing orders to either shelter in place or to “stay at home unless essential.”  On March 22, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home Order (the “Order”) effective on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. through Monday, April 13, 2020.  Supplemental guidance on essential businesses issued by the Governor’s Office may be found here.

We encourage brokers and managers to contact their agents and support staff to determine a plan of action on how best to serve their clients through remote and virtual methods and how to conduct business while also following the Governor’s Order and the CDC’s guidelines on group gatherings.

DISCLAIMER

Information and additional guidance and orders regarding the pandemic are being issued daily.  The information is the article was last updated on March 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

These materials are to be used for informational purposes and should not be construed as specific legal advice.  These materials are not designed to cover every aspect of a legal situation for every factual circumstance that may arise regarding the subject matter included.

This publication is for reference purposes only and association members or other readers are responsible for contacting their own attorneys or other professional advisors for legal or contract advice.  The comments provided herein solely represent the opinions of the authors and is not a guarantee of interpretation of the law or contracts by any court or by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.

[1] Information and additional guidance and orders regarding the pandemic are being issued daily.  The information is the article was last updated on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

[2] See Order, Section 2.

[3] See Order, Section 3.

[4] See http://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19. Guidance on what worker functions are “essential” is outlined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). See http://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19 and https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf.  According to CISA guidance, critical infrastructure industries, such as healthcare services, pharmaceutical, and food supply, are essential. See CISA’s website for further explanation on essential critical infrastructure jobs. See also, Governor’s guidance on essential businesses, https://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/covid/Essential-Infrastructure_fact-sheet.pdf.

[5] See Order, Section 3.

[6] Section 4 of the Order lists specific nonessential businesses ordered to be closed to the public and members.   

[7] See Order, Section 4.

[8] See Order, Section 5.

[9] See http://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19.

[10] See https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2427 (emphasis added).