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Feds Issue Paycheck Protection Program Loan Applications

Small businesses and sole proprietors can submit applications starting Friday, and independent contractors can apply starting on April 10. Employers who maintain minimum payroll levels and employees (at least 75% of their average) are eligible for loan forgiveness.
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Treasury Department released the application for the SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, […]

By |April 3rd, 2020|Advocacy, Coronavirus, Member News|0 Comments

NAR Offers Members TeleHealthSM to Realtors® at No Cost in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Group will fund two months of telemedicine for members who lack access to service
CHICAGO (April 2, 2020) – The National Association of Realtors® announced Thursday that it will be expanding access to Members TeleHealthSM at no cost to its members for those who register before April 15. The program comes as part of NAR’s larger […]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Coronavirus, Member News|0 Comments

Governor Issues Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 1, 2020)— This afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order calling for all Floridians to stay home except to obtain essential services. This order is effective tomorrow at midnight.

Per the order, residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services, are considered essential. Although members may continue to operate, they are not […]

By |April 1st, 2020|Advocacy, Coronavirus|0 Comments

10 Local Realtors® Make a Commitment to Excellence in March 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 31, 2020) – In March of 2020, 10 Realtor® members of the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee earned the Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) endorsement from the National Association of Realtors®. The endorsement goes to Realtors® who have demonstrated knowledge and competency in 10 core areas of real estate practice.

1. Client service
2. […]

By |March 31st, 2020|Education, Member News|0 Comments

NAR Commends Protections for Realtors®, U.S. Consumers in $2 Trillion Economic Relief Bill

Click here for Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act: Provisions for REALTORS® and their Consumers guide.

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2020) – As the House of Representatives’ voted Friday to send a historic COVID-19 relief package to President Trump, the National Association of Realtors® published a comprehensive guide to the $2 trillion, 880-page bill educating Realtors® […]

By |March 30th, 2020|Advocacy, Coronavirus|0 Comments

Gov. Ron DeSantis Suspends Vacation Rentals

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 27, 2020) – In an effort to discourage visitors to the state who may be carrying the coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday a two-week suspension of new vacation rentals (30 days or 1 calendar month, whichever is less). The order does not apply to current occupants of vacation rentals. The Executive […]

By |March 30th, 2020|Advocacy, Coronavirus, RASM News|0 Comments

FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2020) – FEMA continues to take proactive steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic. To help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships, the agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days. This extension applies to NFIP flood […]

By |March 29th, 2020|Advocacy, Coronavirus|0 Comments

Florida Department of Revenue Issues Emergency Order for Property Taxes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 26) – On Monday, March 16, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on tax due dates to assist those adversely affected by COVID-19. Today, Department of Revenue Executive Director Jim Zingale issued an emergency order to extend the final due date for property tax payments for […]

By |March 26th, 2020|Advocacy, Coronavirus|0 Comments

RASM Asks Counties to Deem Real Estate Services Essential

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 25, 2020) – With the threat of states and counties shutting down non-essential services, your Government Affairs Department at the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee is taking a proactive measure to ensure that real estate services stay open. On March 24, 2020, RASM sent letters to Sarasota and Manatee counties on […]

By |March 25th, 2020|Advocacy, Coronavirus|0 Comments

Covid-19 Update: Open Houses in the MLS

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (March 23, 2020) –

“To Our Valued Customers:

At the request of Florida’s Surgeon General and the Florida Realtors® organization, and review by the Stellar MLS leadership team, Stellar MLS will be disabling the public open house option inside of Matrix beginning Wednesday, March 25, until further notice. This action is to adhere to […]

By |March 24th, 2020|Coronavirus|0 Comments