Covid Resources for REALTORS

As a reminder to members and the general public, while HAAR staff remains in the office during regular business hours, we ask that you make an appointment ahead of time so that staff can ensure proper health and safety precautions are made related to COVID-19.

As the response develops to COVID-19 (coronavirus) from local, state and national leaders, there is no group of citizens better equipped, as knowledgeable, and more at-the-ready to help their community than REALTORS®. Below, we’re sharing resources, best practices and more to let our members know how they can use the tools they already have as REALTORS® and champions of homeownership to be a “Good Neighbor” and see our community through this time.

This page will be updated regularly, so please check back for more information and resources. You can also click below for a living document from NAR that will be updated continuously.

Resources and News for REALTORS®

📌 New Legal Guidance on Showings

Home sales continue to surge with buyers seeking safe havens and record-low mortgage rates. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 positivity rate is also rapidly increasing in many states, making in-person showings risky. Since May, the National Association of REALTORS® has been working with researchers at Engagious to track buyer and seller attitudes during the pandemic. The research shows that buyers and sellers are increasingly comfortable engaging in the real estate market, but they still have safety concerns; you build trust when you can explain what you’re doing to minimize in-person contact and ensure listings are safe and sanitized.

In the latest “Window to the Law” video, NAR’s legal team offers updated showing guidance, along with tips for creating a COVID-19 prevention plan and communicating it to clients. After you watch, read how your peers in the industry are stepping up to give buyers and sellers greater reassurance. (Also check out: Could disinfection rooms be the next big thing in home staging or design?)

To have the latest updates on the housing market pushed right to your email, subscribe to REALTOR® Magazine’s Daily News.

📌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. The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department announced the simplified process late last week. See NAR’s Washington Report for details.

 

📌Alabama REALTORS® – How to deal with COVID in the Workplace

📌News from the Huntsville Business Journal: Madison County Housing Market Thriving Amid Pandemic

📌 NAR has added more free member benefits to their “Right Tools, Right Now” page HERE.

To keep this page brief, but with the most information as possible, previous resources and news stories have been archived and can be viewed by clicking below.

Being a Good Neighbor

As the Covid-19 situation develops, community needs will inevitably grow. Please see below for suggested organizations to contact to understand their needs and to give what you can. To suggest an addition to this list, please email us at outreach@valleymls.com.

  • 305 8th Street has updated their needs list, which can be found HERE. Please use this page as guidance on how, what, and where to donate to this vulnerable community.
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville is located at 303 Williams Avenue in downtown Huntsville and can be reached at 256.489.3525.
  • The Downtown Huntsville Rescue Mission is a local non-profit serving the homeless throughout Northern Alabama and Southern Tennessee. They can be reached at 256.536.2441.
  • First Stop‘s mission is to pave a continuous path from homelessness to independent, sustainable living for vulnerable people in our area. They can be reached at 256.533.3391 and they’ve posted their current needs list HERE.
  • The Food Bank of Alabama is accepting donation drop-offs at 2000-B Vernon Avenue in Huntsville.
  • Manna House is a public charity that provides food assistance to those in need. They are open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4pm-630pm. They’re located at 2110 S Memorial Parkway and can be reached at 256.503.4848.
  • The Salvation Army‘s Huntsville Chapter is located at 2114 Oakwood Avenue and can be reached at 256.536.5576.
  • United Way of Madison County is located at 701 Andrew Jackson Way and can be reached at 256.536.0745.

The City of Huntsville has shared 8 easy ways you can help your during a virus outbreak. Please take time to read the guide and share it with your colleagues, clients, family and friends.

WHNT19 has posted a helpful guide for those who want to help provide food for students in need while schools are closed.

FoodPantries.org has a listing of Food Assistance Programs in Huntsville, in Madison, and throughout the state.

Take a look at what REALTORS® are doing across the nation to better their communities.

Remote Education During Social Distancing

Following guidelines from trusted health officials is key during our response to Covid-19. During this time, we’re continuing our work to bring key educational opportunities to members. Please see below for remote classes from HAAR and other sources that will help you develop your career during this time.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST REGISTER THROUGH YOUR DASHBOARD TO SIGN UP FOR HAAR LIVESTREAMED CLASSES.

Sharing Trusted Information: Consider the Source

During this time, it is critical to consume and share information from trusted sources like the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

Avoid Scams and Phishing Attempts

During this time, it’s easy to click on something about the COVID-19 virus and gain more information. As a reminder, don’t open emails about COVID-19 from unknown senders, don’t click on links in emails regarding COVID-19, and be wary of email attachments, especially from unknown senders.

These can all be used in phishing scams to steal your personal data or spread computer viruses and malware.

Do not click on ads or social media posts regarding COVID-19. They may be fake and contain malicious content.

REALTORS in Action: Depending on HAAR

During what can be a concerning time for our industry, HAAR is here to help our members and the community. If you are trying to find information about programs that blunt the impact of Covid-19 on your business, please email outreach@valleymls.com.

REALTORS® in Action, HAAR’s benevolence fund has always been a great help to members in times of need. If you believe it can help a member of our REALTOR family during this time, please email alan@valleymls.com. If you would like to support REALTORS in Action, the full amount of any financial contribution you make to the fund is tax deductible.

Share Your Story with Us

The best way to encourage your colleagues, clients, friends and neighbors to help is to share your story of being a Good Neighbor. When you lend a hand, be sure to tell us your story at outreach@valleymls.com, include photos, and let us know if we can share it with our social channels, here at HAAR.realtor, and in The Weekly newsletter.

Or, if you’ve come across helpful advice or resources that aren’t listed on this page, send it to outreach@valleymls.com so that we can share it with your colleagues.