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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Open Houses MUST Adhere To CDC Guidelines

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 21, 2020) - The following statement was released by Florida REALTORS® on Saturday, March 21: "The Florida Surgeon General has informed Florida REALTORS® of anecdotal reports of open houses with more than 10 attendees. It is essential that any open house adheres to CDC recommendations for safe social distancing. Housing is an [...]

NAR: Coronavirus Emergency Legislation: What REALTORS® Need to Know

(March 18, 2020) - Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) providing support to American workers, families, and businesses, including the expansion of paid sick leave and family medical leave. It also includes refundable tax credits for small businesses and self-employed individuals to cover the cost of the leave. NAR’s advocacy [...]

Administration Announces 90-Day Delay for Many Tax Payments

WASHINGTON (AP) (March 17, 2020) – The Trump administration says individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay paying their 2019 tax bills for 90 days past the usual April 15 deadline. The extension announced Tuesday is an effort to inject up to $300 billion into the economy at a time when the coronavirus appears [...]

Governor Ron DeSantis Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 16, 2020) – On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The [...]

Local Market Pulse Survey: Coronavirus vs. Real Estate

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 16, 2020) - How are your buyers or sellers reacting to the coronavirus? The REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee is looking for responses and updates from REALTORS® in our local market during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please complete this brief, anonymous 12-question survey to let us know how your buyers or sellers [...]

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