COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates 

The Iowa Association of REALTORS is working with other entities such as the National Association of REALTORS and local partners to communicate important updates regarding the COVID-19 ( coronavirus) and its impact on the real estate industry. We wish everyone the best and hope you and your family are healthy in this challenging time.

Please see information and guidance below. This page is updated regularly.  For video updates, please follow us on YouTube or Facebook.

Recent Video Updates. 

Watch Video Update from Gavin Blair, IAR CEO on Monday, March 30.

Watch Latest Video Update from Jamie Horbach on Federal Stimulus package - Thursday, March 26

 

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Real Estate as an Essential Service

 Gavin Blair addresses real estate as an essential service in his latest video update (March 30). 

On Friday, March 20, IAR and other industry partners have sent letters to the Governor's office in light of the recent limitations on local and state government services, we respectfully requested her consideration of some measures to ensure that all professions involved in real estate transactions continue to have the ability to process real estate transfers including but but not limited to; title searches, appraisals, permitting, inspections, construction, and especially the transfer and recordation of ownership.  Governor Reynolds sent out an official messageencouraging all Auditors, Recorders and Treasurers to offer their full range of vital services to keep Iowa’s economy strong. This is an awesome example of our RPAC dollars hard at work. This demonstrates our important efforts in building and maintaining a strong relationship with our legislators and the governor.  

IAR's Government Affairs staff is working diligently to make sure Governor Reynolds and her staff understand the important of real estate to the overall Iowa economy. Any updates on this topic will be posted here or on IAR's social media channels. 

New COVID-19 Addendum/Amendment

IAR has created a COVID-19 addendum/amendment to assist you in your real estate transactions. IAR Legal Counsel, Gabe Walsh, created this form after consulting with several different states and attorneys. This form is not mandated, but simply a great resource for you to use if you wish. As always, it is a good practice to consult with your own legal counsel and broker before incorporating the use of this form.  It can be found on Form Simplicity. Search Covid 19. Check out Gabe Walsh’s recent video discussing this form.

Legal FAQs

IAR Legal Counsel, Gabe Walsh, has put together a page of frequently asked questions that are specific to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. IAR staff will do their best to keep this page updated as things are changing almost daily with many of these topics. 

OPERATIONAL CHANGES TO THE LEGAL HOTLINE

The IAR Legal Hotline will continue to operate during its COVID-19 precautions being currently taken. However, all inquiries must be asked and will only be answered through email. Please email any legal hotline questions tolegalhotline@iowarealtors.com. These inquiries will continue to be monitored and responded to during the scheduled hotline hours by email only. Please do not leave a voicemail as it will not be monitored and no voicemails will be returned. 

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1 - 3 p.m.

 
FRIDAY
9 - Noon

nar resources and Guidance

NAR continues to provide great resources for REALTORS conducting business during this unprecedented time.

Information includes tips on keeping your clients and yourself safe, with specific recommendations for preventative measures, proper cleaning and advising clients during showings and concerns with treating clients fairly while keeping in mind our obligations under the Fair Housing Act.  

IAR Education Courses

Classroom Courses

All classroom courses previously scheduled through April 12 have been postponed.  Our Education staff are looking at ways to offer live streaming classes remotely. More information will be shared at a later time.  

RESMARTS - ONLINE Courses

IAR offers a variety of online courses through REsmarts from 1 hour CE elective courses to mandatory courses like Law and Ethics. Click here to learn more.  Look for more classes to be added this Spring/Summer. 

Contact IAR Education staff at education@iowarealtors.com.  

IAR Office and Staff

We want to assure you that the association is continuing to provide the highest level of service possible. 

The IAR Office will remain closed through April 5. IAR staff will continue to monitor the changes in this challenging time and will make a decision on April 2 regarding the re-opening of the office.  All staff are working remotely. If you need to reach a department directly please go to iowarealtors.com/staff

Unemployment Resources

Added March 31 

If you are looking for more details on the unemployment information and the details from the CARES Relief Act recently passed, please visit and watch future news on the Iowa Workforce Development website https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/ Details and guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor are expected to be released soon. 

Governor Reynolds - Press Conferences   

Watch these press conferences via PBS on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/IowaPublicTelevision/featured

COVID-19 in Iowa (created by Governor's office in conjunction with CDC and IDPH) https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

Iowa Department of Public Health's Coronavirus (COVID-19) home page: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus
 
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Coronavirus (COVID-19) home page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html