In response to the statewide Shelter in Place Order, CCAR offices in Walnut Creek and Richmond are closed until further notice. We continue to provide uninterrupted membership services via remote access, with the exception of in-store purchases. We wish you the best of health during this time and will continue to serve you at the highest levels possible.
Bay Area Counties Recommend Masking Indoors for Everyone as a Precaution Against Increased Circulation of COVID-19
As of July 14, Contra Costa’s reported new cases are averaging 93 per day and the daily case rate is now 5.7 per 100,000 and rising.
With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places to ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings and as an extra precautionary measure for all…
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CA Reopening June 15 – What To Expect
As more and more Californians get vaccinated, the state is reopening and moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The purple, red, orange and yellow tiers that helped us manage COVID-19 in our counties are on track to end on June 15. While very limited measures will remain, Californians will see life getting back to normal. Here’s a link to more information the state released last week to help us know what to expect on June 15 when California retires the four-color county tier system. In the meantime, AORs should continue to follow the Guidance for Office Workspaces as well as the updated Gatherings Guidance for in-person meetings.
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Open Houses + Broker Tours Now Permitted, Functionality Resorted in the MLS; Get C.A.R. Quick Guide for All Property Showing Rules
In-person property showings/open houses are now permitted by the California Department of Public Health under Covid-19, but indoor gathering capacity limitations are still in place based on the current colored tier of each county; Orange-Tier rules in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties limit indoor capacity to 25% or 25 people, whichever is fewer.
Click here for a Quick Guide of Industry Guidelines for Open Houses and Showing Rules.
- Open Houses: Advertising open houses, without qualifiers, is allowed and appointments for open houses are no longer required.
- Social Distancing: Showings, including open houses, are somewhat relaxed under the new social gatherings guidelines but still include social distancing between members of different households while attending an open house, and are subject to capacity issues depending on the tier of the county where the house is located. Please refer to local guidelines for this information.
- Signing In: There will still be a sign-in requirement on site. The new Property Sign-In (PSI) form can be used for this purpose. However, you can still use a PEAD instead of the on-site sign-in if you prefer. See the new Quick Guide for more details.
- Forms: C.A.R. has simplified and shortened the Rules of Entry (PRE), Prevention Plan (BPPP), and the Property Sign-in (PSI) form as an alternative to PEADS. There also is an addendum to the listing agreement LOHA reflecting the changed protocols. This form is necessary if the parties had previously signed the RLA-CAA, which did not allow for open houses. New listings should also include this addendum if the listing broker wants to hold open houses.
- PEADS: The PEADS have been combined and simplified into one shorter PEAD-ALL form that is available if members prefer to use it instead of on-site sign-in protocols.
The newly revised forms PRE, BPPP, PEAD, as well as the new Property Sign-in PSI form and new Listing Addendum LOHA form will all be available on zipForm as soon as possible. In the interim, a PDF of each of these is available here. Members may still use the current forms that are on zipForm if they choose until the new ones are released.
State Guidance for Gatherings (effective 4/15)
This guidance is effective April 15, 2021, and provides an updated plan for Californians to gather outside their households and replaces all prior gatherings guidance. It applies to private gatherings. All other gatherings not covered by existing sector guidance are prohibited. Gatherings are defined as social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place. As defined by this guidance, they do not require a pre-ordained guest list, and the guidance assumes that not all guests are fully vaccinated. Read the full summary from the California Department of Public Health.
For the most updated information on county status, visit Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Please note that local health departments can have more restrictive criteria and different closures. Find your county’s local information. Stay current on changes to public health guidance and state/local orders, as the COVID-19 situation continues. For guidance relating to events with a defined guest list, see Guidance for Private Events.
April 6 – Contra Costa County Moving into the Orange Tier
Health officials urge residents ages 16+ to get vaccinated so positive trends against COVID-19 continue.
The State of California announced today that Contra Costa County will be able to move into the less restrictive Orange Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Wednesday, April 7.
Contra Costa County currently has a COVID case-rate of 4.9 cases per 100,000 people and an overall testing-rate positivity of 1.8% (and 3% for the health equity metric). COVID-related hospitalizations are down to their lowest point since October. Meanwhile, nearly 500,000 county residents are at least partially vaccinated.
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Congress Passes Stimulus Bill
Congress has passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that will provide direct payments and extended unemployment benefits to struggling Americans and badly needed funds for struggling homeowners, housing providers and small businesses, including REALTORS®. President Biden is expected to sign the bill shortly before current benefits expire on Sunday.
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C.A.R. Legal Reminder: Open Houses are still NOT Permitted
The Governor’s updated Stay at Home Order, from early December (which is the authority for the Guidance) states that real estate agents are exempt from the stay at home order only for “scheduled property viewings to a potential buying party. This does not extend to open house viewings, nor viewings with more than one buying party at a time.”
SB 91 – Eviction Moratorium Extension and State Rental Assistance Program
Gov. Newsom has signed into law SB 91, a bill that provides financial assistance to qualifying housing providers and tenants of up to 80 percent of the unpaid rent accrued since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
January 25 – Regional Stay-at-Home Order Lifted, Contra Costa Returns to Purple Tier
Contra Costa County is urging residents and businesses to continue practicing health safety measures and avoiding risky activities after California lifted its regional stay-at-home order on January 25th in the Bay Area.
The state order helped the region meet the deadly surge in COVID-19 infections following the winter holiday season. The state lifted the order on January 25th, effective immediately.
Health guidelines regarding physical distancing and use of face coverings outside the home remain in effect, as do occupancy caps for indoor businesses and requirements limiting close-contact gatherings of people from different households.
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For NAR members who borrowed $50,000 or less through the Paycheck Protection Program, it is now easier to receive automatic loan forgiveness. These smaller loans now require less documentation and fewer calculations than the previous process.
COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020
When a tenant has not paid rent for any period between March 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (“Rent Relief Law”) will allow most residential tenants to remain in the rental property through January of 2021 as long as the tenant makes a declaration under penalty of perjury that they are unable to pay their rent or meet other financial obligations because of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Co Co County Urgency Order Imposes Fines Up to $1,000
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors passed an Urgency Ordinance (No. 2020-21) that establishes administrative fines for violations of public health orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fines can be imposed on businesses and individuals.
CCAR Offices Closed Again; Remote Services Still Available
In response to the new State of California variance to the Shelter-in-Place Order, CCAR offices in Walnut Creek and Richmond will be closed until further notice. Despite office closures, we will continue to provide uninterrupted membership services, including regularly scheduled committee meetings, via remote access.
Available by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00am – 3:00pm. Call 925.295.1270 to pre-pay schedule an appointment. All appointments must be made at least one day in advance.
Real Estate Shop Products:
Call 925.295.9226 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am-3pm to check your requested item is in stock, pre-pay, and schedule an appointment for pickup.
Need a laptop tune-up or want to purchase a new REALTOR® optimized laptop from CCAR? Call 925.295.1270 to schedule an appointment. Most tune-ups can be completed remotely. All CCAR members receive 1 FREE laptop tune-up every 12 months (~$139 value)!
CCAR Member Services:
Mon – Fri | 8:30am – 5:00pm
In C.A.R.’s Best Practices Guidelines covering the Stage 2 Expansion are the “Posted Rules for Entry” requirements. One of which is that the “Posted Rules for Entry” or a link to them should be part of online public and MLS listings. This shall be made available by the listing agent, if any.
To assist you with adhering to the C.A.R. Best Practices, the CCAR MLS will allow the placement of links to unbranded “Posted Rules for Entry” within the Public Remarks section and branded “Posted Rules for Entry” within the Confidential Remarks in the MLS as an interim solution.
On May 8, the Department of the Public Health issued its “Industry Guidance: Real Estate Transactions,” which among other things, requires agents to post rules on the property – with pictograms — that must be agreed to as a condition of entry by all people viewing the property. C.A.R. is in the process of creating a comprehensive approach that will allow any brokerage to comply with all aspects of the new Industry Guidance.
As an interim measure, C.A.R. is making this “Interim Rules Form” available. Posting both this C.A.R. PRE pictogram and the PEAD form (found via zipForm) together at the entrance to a property, will assist agents and brokers in complying in part with the new Industry Guidance until the comprehensive approach is released.
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LIMITED LOCKBOX SERVICES
Lockboxes are available by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00am – 3:00pm. Call 925.295.1270 to pre-pay schedule an appointment. All appointments must be made at least one day in advance.
REAL ESTATE SHOP PRODUCTS
Call 925.295.9226 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am-3pm to check your requested item is in stock, pre-pay, and schedule an appointment for pickup..
REMOTE LAPTOP SERVICES
You may schedule a 1:1 or laptop tune-up appointment by contacting CCAR Member Services at 925.295.1270 or [email protected]. Laptop sales are also available by appointment only.
REMOTE MARKETING MEETINGS
Marketing Meetings are now conducted via Zoom. Please contact respective groups for more information:
OPEN HOUSE TOUR INFORMATION
In accordance with the Contra Costa County Shelter in Place Order and in the best interest of members, clients and the community, CCAR, Bay East and bridgeMLSs have temporarily disabled Open House/Tour functionality.
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VIRTUAL MARKETING TOOLS
Now is a great time to leverage alternative marketing tools. Let your clients know you will continue serving them by marketing their homes using an array of available technology. You can offer them 3D interactive property scans (via Matterport, Cupix, EyeSpy360); host a virtual tour or conduct a live tour using Skype or Facebook; use virtual staging to showcase a property…
ONLINE EDUCATION & TRAINING
Members can attend live 1:1 remote courses or participate in webinars and podcasts throughout the duration of the Shelter in Place Order. Visit the CCAR Calendar to view/register for courses. Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to view the class from your location. To view all events on a particular day, click the “…” to expand the calendar.
VIRTUAL 1:1 CORE COURSES
Schedule live 30-60-minute 1:1 core course training sessions. Contact CCAR Education Coordinator Gail Hargis at [email protected] or 925.295.9210.
CCAR CORE COURSES INCLUDE:
– Intro to Paragon
– Auto-Notification Using Collaboration
– Center Intro to CMA Reports Using Cloud CMA
– Intro to RPR
– Intro to zipForm Plus
C.A.R. Quick Guide to Using the PEAD-V Form
President Trump has signed a $900 billion stimulus bill into law that will provide direct payments to Americans, additional unemployment benefits, and funding for housing providers and small businesses, including REALTORS®.
Among provisions C.A.R. advocated for, the bill will provide an additional $300 per week in federal employment benefits for individuals receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and traditional unemployment.
It will also expand the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by allowing certain eligible businesses to receive a second PPP loan of up to $2 million.
Dec 16 – Bay Area Runs Low on ICU Beds, Triggering California’s Regional Stay-at-Home Order
Due to the dwindling supply of hospital beds for patients who need intensive care in the Bay Area, the state will apply a regional stay-at-home order across the nine-county region to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the region’s hospitals from becoming overwhelmed…
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Dec 4 – Bay Area Health Officers Move to Implement the State’s New Regional Stay Home Order, Not Waiting Until Local Hospitals Are Near Crisis to Act
Governor Newsom announced that all sectors other than retail and essential operations would be closed in regions of the State where less than 15 percent of ICU beds are available under a new Regional Stay Home Order. Although health officials throughout the Bay Area are glad to see the State take action in light of the rapidly escalating surge in hospitalizations statewide, many believe even more aggressive action is necessary in the Bay Area to slow the surge and prevent our local hospitals from being overwhelmed.
Nov 19 – Governor Issues Limited Stay at Home Order
Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring that non-essential work and gatherings stop between 10pm and 5am. The order will take effect at 10pm Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5am December 21.
Nov 16 – As COVID-19 Spreads in the Bay Area, Purple-Tier Safety Requirements Return in Contra Costa
In response to evidence that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Contra Costa, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today moved the county back into the red tier of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, restoring more safety requirements to slow the virus.
Overview of how the PUA and SBA programs may interconnect
How to Keep Business Moving During Uncertain Times: Top Producer Panel Share Their Stories
C.A.R. CEO Joel Singer moderated a panel of top-producing California REALTORS® who shared how they have been able to maintain business momentum during the pandemic. If you weren’t able to tune in to C.A.R.’s live event, you can watch the recording here.