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! IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE COVID-19, you can call the San Diego County Epidemiology Unit immediately at (619) 692-8499 during business hours or at (858) 565-5255 after hours, on weekends or holidays. Be sure to call ahead before going to any doctor's office or emergency room, and inform them of your symptoms, any recent travel or close contacts. Avoid others, stay home and do not travel if you are sick.

Links to crisis information:  

Update 5/14/2020
The Department of Real Estate (DRE) is canceling real estate salesperson and broker license exams in all exam centers through May 31, 2020. This action is being taken to comply with state and local public health agencies. Examinees with questions or concerns regarding canceled exams can contact DRE’s Licensing program at (877) 373-4542 or by email at Ask.DRELicensing@dre.ca.gov or Click Here for more information.

Update 5/7/2020
Governor releases industry guidance on real estate transactions.

Update 5/5/2020
County Clerk policy on accepting electronically signed and notarized documents - Click Here - 

Update 4/27/2020
Prepare today and have your financial information together.  Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 28th) is the first day for the self-employed to file for unemployment insurance under The Pandemic Unemployment Insurance program (PUI) in California. If you think you may qualify information and support from CAR here and find more information from the government here. The fastest and most convenient way to apply for PUA will be through UI Online, where you can create an account, file your claim, certify for continued benefits, verify your income and update your information. If you are an independent contractor, even though you may be able to set up a UI Online account now, you will need to wait until PUA applications open to file your claim.

Update 4/24/2020 
President Trump has signed into law an interim spending bill allocating additional funds for emergency aid programs for small businesses. Many REALTORS® are eligible for these aid programs. Both the PPP and EIDL programs will proceed with the same eligibility criteria and application processes as they did prior to running out of funding last Thursday, April 16. These funds are expected to be expended very quickly. Here are the details.

Update 4/24/20 
The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday providing a fresh round of funding for coronavirus small-business relief programs championed by the NAR.- Here are the details.

Update 4/22/20 
The City of Chula Vista recognizes the difficulties businesses are experiencing. Information and resources available to businesses/employers to aid your financial recovery, such as low-interest loans. www.chulavistaca.gov/businesses

Update 4/21/20
County Treasurer offers property tax filers wishing to file a penalty cancellation request on late property tax filings a form to file -Form Here

Update 4/20/20 
The Department of Real Estate (DRE) issued a News Release which impacts DRE applicants and licensees. Here are the details.

Update 4/17/20 
The EDD provided additional information to the site regarding weekly payment amounts. The page is here.

Update 4/16/2020
The DMV extends license expiration dates. Here are the details.

Updated 4/15/2020
SDG&E is here to help out business community through this crisis and support their energy needs. Find out more about SDG&E’s bill discount programs at sdge.com/assistance. 

Updated 4/14/2020
Stimulus checks start arriving this week - here is what to expect

Updated 4/14/2020
The California Labor Secretary released a letter called the "Open Letter to Californians Regarding Unemployment Insurance (UI) Payments and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Timeline" on April 14th.  CAR will be releasing and FAQ on this within the next day or two.

Update 4/11/2020
The Department of Real Estate (DRE) posted FAQ’s for business practices on the DRE's COVID-19 Updates page. The DRE also recently launched an “Ask DRE Licensing” email feature.

Update 4/9/2020
Scripps launched the fastest available molecular point-of-care test for detecting the novel coronavirus at our hospitals. The test will be used to screen for COVID-19 in hospitalized patients requiring quick diagnostic turnaround. It can deliver a positive result in as little as five minutes. Also, we have excellent resources and updates on our website for your reference www.scripps.org/covid19.

Update 4/9/2020
ShowingTime, available to CRMLS users at no additional cost, has made it easy to conduct showings virtually with its latest update. more information

Update 4/7/2020
• PSAR launches Property Management Resource Page - PSAR will provide links and resources to property managers and landlords to help with information as we navigate the COVID-19 Crisis. It can be found here.
• Judicial Council Suspends Evictions and Foreclosures - Among the actions the council approved, to go into effect immediately: Suspend the entry of defaults in eviction cases & Suspend judicial foreclosures. More information here.
• CAR Releases two New Property Management Forms - Form NTAP (Notice to Tenant of Ability to Pay Rent During Coronavirus Pandemic)is an informational notice that a landlord can send to a tenants. Form RPD (Coronavirus Rent Payment Delay and Repayment) is an addendum to a residential lease or rental agreements.

Update 4/7/2020
No later than 12:00 a.m. on April 7th. All businesses that remain in operation in accordance with the Order and that allow members of the public to enter a facility must prepare and post a “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” for each of their facilities open to the public. County Mandates Business Notices

Update 4/3/2020
Doug McCauley, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom as Commissioner of the California Department of Real Estate.

Update 4/3/2020
County Clerk of the Board office now by Appointment Only
The San Diego County Clerk of the Board, has had to change the Map Recording Process that was previously set in place. In order to ensure we have staff available and can escort customers from the building entrance,  we will now be providing map services by appointments only. If a customer’s map requires approval/signature of the Clerk of the Board (COB), the customer can call us at (619) 531-5600 or email us at cobmaps@sdcounty.ca.gov to schedule an appointment. - More specific information can be found here

Update 4/1/2020
C.A.R. has released these best practice guidelines that reflect C.A.R.'s understanding of Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order. Today two new forms were released:
  • One is a Listing Agreement Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment (RLA-CAA) for sellers and listing agents to sign.
  • The second is a Property Viewing Advisory and Declaration (PEAD) that is to be given to and signed by the seller, buyer, agents and anyone else who will be entering a property.
The forms can be accessed here.  These forms will be added to Zipforms.  Here is a link to CAR's guidance on agent visual inspection (AVID)

Update 3/30/2020
C.A.R releases Guidelines for Real Estate Best Practices During COVID-19. These guideline are currently applicable in San Diego County which is following the Governor's order.  Adhering to these guidelines will enable REALTORS® to demonstrate care for the health and well-being of clients, colleagues and the greater public welfare in reducing the risk of exposure to, and spread of, COVID-19, while providing the essential services of residential and commercial real estate recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as being necessary for the maintenance of America’s Critical Infrastructure.

Update 3/30/2020
You can contact C.A.R.’s COVID Relief Hotline by calling (213) 351 8450, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
C.A.R. also has many other resources available on their COVID website, and we urge you to frequently check this site as it is constantly updated.  

Update 3/28/2020
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency CISA updated its list of essential services during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis and expressly included residential real estate. Since Governor Newsom’s March 4, 2020 order incorporates this list, the order now includes residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services as essential services in California. However, if a city or county has an order with a more restrictive standard regarding what qualifies as an essential service, or more restrictions on activities, those guidelines will still govern the activities of a licensee. Notwithstanding this new development, all real estate licensees must take into account the health and safety of their clients and fellow licensees and follow the protocols that exist for protecting against the spread of COVID-19. If such heath safeguards and protocols are not followed, the rule for the state could easily change to stop or restrict all real estate activity. To that end, in conformity with current health guidelines, real estate licensees should follow all CDC and local health mandates. This includes the following: 1. No open houses should be held. (CRMLS has removed the option of holding Open Houses) 2. Showings should be done virtually. (More here)

Update 3/27/2020 
PSAR compiles list of financial resources for members and their clients.  Banks, auto loans, Federal Aid, State Aid, SBA and more.  See it here.

Update 3/27/2020
Property taxes are still due April 10 despite COVID-19, but tax collector could waive penalty. Counties don’t have authority to postpone tax date, but Sacramento’s leaders want counties to waive late fees

Update: 3/27/2020
CARES Act “Economic Stimulus” Update: Signed into Law by President Trump
Just this hour, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law, a $2 trillion piece of legislation that is the largest ever in US history.  As of this moment, we are only able to interpret the language included in the legislation, which does not delineate every program in the bill or address every situation that may arise related to the legislation.
As such, we hope to receive additional guidance soon from the Administration and respective agencies regarding how some of these new programs/grants – including paid sick and family medical leave, unemployment insurance, and small business loans. In the meantime, NAR has released a summary of the provisions in the CARES Act that will be of most benefit to REALTORS® and their consumers as secured by NAR’s advocacy efforts over the past two weeks:  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act : Provisions for REALTORS® and their Consumers

Update: 3/27/2020
For more information on how to access benefits included in the CARES Act, see our FAQs on Financial Resources for REALTORS® and Financial Resources for Brokers. We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.  

Update: 3/27/2020
The Department of Real Estate (DRE) is cancelling real estate salesperson and broker license exams in all exam centers through April 30, 2020. This action is being taken to comply with state and local public health agencies ordering residents to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Examinees affected by these cancellations will be notified by email and will be allowed to reschedule their canceled exam dates using DRE’s eLicensing system. Exam rescheduling fees will be waived for canceled exams.
Examinees with questions or concerns regarding canceled exams can contact DRE’s Licensing program at (877) 373-4542 or by email at Ask.DRELicensing@dre.ca.gov.

Update: 3/26/2020
The Senate has just passed the Coronavirus aid, relief and economic security (CARES) Act, a stimulus package that will provide assistants to Realtors.   C.A.R. is closely monitoring the legislation.   Review CAR's update here.

Update: 3/25/2020
FHFA Directs Enterprises to Grant Flexibilities for Appraisal and Employment Verifications
To facilitate liquidity in the mortgage market during the coronavirus national emergency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to provide alternative flexibilities to satisfy appraisal requirements and employment verification requirements through....( click here )

Update: 3/25/2020
“Ask DRE Licensing” By Email - In addition to our public phone line, DRE is temporarily answering Licensing related questions by email at Ask.DRELicensing@dre.ca.gov.
Staff responding to these emails will have access to limited information and can only answer general licensing and examination questions, such as how do I apply for a license or what are the requirements to renew a license, etc. - more info -

Update: 3/23/2020 
In light of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order and CAR’s recommendations, CRMLS is in the process of removing open house options from all CRMLS systems. 
For detailed information of this order, please visit CAR’s article Stay At Home Guidelines. It is imperative in the interest of public health that agents and brokers abide by these new restrictions

Update: 3/21/2020 
C.A.R.'S Issues Guidance on governor's Stay-at- Home Order
C.A.R. has issued guidance on the Governor's stay at home order.  This is not guidance from PSAR or our Board of Directors.  CAR has a legal team that is qualified to interpret and opine on legal matters.  Please consult your own legal council for advice and consult.  PSAR, CAR and NAR leaders continue to communicate with officials to educate them about the real estate business in this time of crisis.  - more info

Update: 3/20/2020 PSAR Changes Services
PSAR offices are closed, but member support will be provided by phone, chat, email or video call.  The PSAR staff is ready to provide full support to our realty community while adhering to the mandated state guidelines. Lockboxs / merchandise and other in-person needs need to be scheduled by phone for by appointment only.
PSAR offices are closed, but member support will be provided by phone, chat, email or video call.  M-F  9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m  View our enhanced online services

Update: 3/20/2020 DRE Closes Offices 
All DRE offices are closed to the public until further notice in compliance with Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20, issued March 19, 2020, ordering all California residents to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Update: 3/18/2020 Congress Passes the Families First Coronavirus Act The relief package provides for paid sick leave, expansion of family leave benefits, and other aid to eligible individuals and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Notably, the relief package includes support for workers who are self-employed, which offers many REALTORS® benefits that they are not eligible for under current California law. Specifically, eligible self-employed individuals may claim refundable tax credits against income and self-employment taxes for sick leave (which includes leave taken to care for a child due to school closure) and for family leave. 

Update 3/17/2020 The Department of Real Estate (DRE) is cancelling real estate salesperson and broker license exams in all exam centers from March 18, 2020 to April 7, 2020. Examinees affected by these cancellations will be notified by email and will be allowed to reschedule their canceled exam dates using DRE’s eLicensing system. Exam rescheduling fees will be waived for this cancellation event.  Examinees with questions or concerns regarding canceled exam dates can contact the Department’s Licensing program at (877) 373-4542

Update 3/17/2020:  CAR releases the Interim Coronavirus Addendum/Amendment.  The recent events surrounding the spread of the Covid-19 strain of the coronavirus has led to many questions about the continued enforceability of real estate contracts under the circumstances. Rather than risk an uncertain outcome in court or arbitration over such disputes, Buyers and Sellers may elect to address the unanswered issues contractually. This form allows parties to agree on a way forward for existing contracts and address potential issues in contracts that have not yet been formed. Click here for PDF

Update 3/16/2020:  Keep an eye out for this stuff in San Diego soon. "The Department of Real Estate (DRE) is canceling real estate salesperson and broker license exams in the Oakland Exam Center from March 17 to April 7th.

Examinees affected by these cancellations will be notified by email and will be allowed to reschedule their canceled exam dates using DRE’s eLicensing system. Exam rescheduling fees will be waived for this cancellation event."

Update 3/16/2020: The county recorder is offering all services. If over the counter services are interrupted, there are plans to continue All recordings submitted electronically or via mail. For more information For more information about the County Recorders services, follow this link.

Update 3/14/2020: HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" goes to the Senate. Provides a refundable tax credit equal to 100% of a qualified family leave
equivalent amount for eligible self-employed individuals. There is also a tax credit for sick leave for self-employed individuals  Be sure to read the observations and concerns at the bottom of the overview provided by NAR here.

Update 3/23/2020: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced. San Diego is included in the covered areas. Check out this link for More information or Register and apply here.

Update 3/13/2020 : Reduced PSAR Programing and Services Until 4/10/2020

Update 3/5/2019: Impact of COVID 19 on the California Housing Market: 

The safety and well-being of our  members, the public, and our staff are foremost in our minds here at PSAR. In that spirit and in the interest of limiting any potential spread of the Coronavirus, PSAR is adopting a number of temporary changes in our operating processes. 

These changes were made following discussions among PSAR leadership and management based on information and advice provided by local and state health officials, as well as C.A.R. and NAR executive leadership. These changes, which will go into effect on March 16th and continue through April 10th, include the following:

  • The three PSAR service centers will remain open, including our merchandise stores. However, we ask that members visit the office for essential business reasons only. Please refrain from handshakes and hugs. For now, a smile in greeting will certainly be well-received.
  • The R.E.A.L. Awards, which had generated interest from over four hundred Realtors and sponsors, will be postponed..  We have negotiated with Viejas to reschedule this event at a later date. There will be more information to come regarding a new scheduled date
  • The PSAR City Pitch, Rally and Ride (East) and Rally and Ride Too (South) marketing meetings have been cancelled, effective immediately, and will resume on April 14th.
  • Education events from March 16th through April 10th are being rescheduled or will be hosted virtuallyInformation will be provided for each event once the logistics are determined.
  • New Member Orientation will be hosted online for attendees to participate remotely.  Again, information about the online meeting access will be distributed one week prior to the orientation date.
  • Committee meetings will be conducted virtually via online meetings as necessary. The staff liaison will contact their committee members regarding these meetings. Chairs and staff will meet in the office and attendees will join via video conferencing. 

PSAR leadership and staff will continue to keep you updated while we closely monitor the situation. Thank you for your patience during this time of an unusual and concerning global event and we all ask that you stay safe and be careful. Since we are all in a dynamic situation, for the latest information from PSAR, please check our calendar and our website regularly. 

PSAR has implemented additional procedures to minimize the  impact of the virus on our operations. These include:

  • Ensuring a clean work environment with additional scheduled cleaning.
  • Requiring our employees to exercise enhanced hygiene precautions (washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, staying home if exhibiting any signs of illness
  • Limiting our attendance at our events and facilities, per the recommendation of our state health officials.

If you have relevant information to share with Realtors, please email rich@psar.org.

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