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.
Watch Video from NAR - The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide for REALTORS.
Watch Video from NAR with advice on applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Business Loans or Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). We are anticipating President Trump to sign today! - April 24.
Video from Steve Murray, Real Trends on How Brokers and Agent Can Benefit from the Government Stimulus Package - April 9.
Featured Videos from NAR: https://www.nar.realtor/videos
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Gavin Blair addresses real estate as an essential service in his April 6 video Update and his March 30 video update.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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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.
All courses scheduled through June will be offered virtually through live streaming with an Instructor and staff monitors. Please see our schedule of classes here.
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 email@example.com.
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 May 17. IAR staff will continue to monitor the changes in this challenging time and will make a decision in late April 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
Updated May 7
NAR created a Unemployment Assistance CARES Act FAQs page to help members.
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/
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance from the Iowa Workforce Development
There is a 30 minute video titled, “How to File for Unemployment Benefits if You’re Self Employed”
Small Business Assistance
Updated May 19
NAR SBA CARES Act FAQs - Web page home OR Download PDF -May 18
Read this NAR article with some quick guidance for REALTORS on the PPP and EIDL programs and Watch Video from NAR with advice on applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Business Loans or Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Also, REALTOR Magazine's article with advice on applying for a PPP loan.
Coronavirus Relief Options from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) main page from the U.S. Department of Treasury (Independent Contractors can apply. )
Fact Sheet for Borrowers using PPP
Frequently Asked Questions on PPP - May 19
Iowa Business Recovery Assistancefrom Iowa Economic Development.
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/
Test Iowa - Iowans need to take the health assessment so our state leaders can better understand what is currently going on in Iowa. Challenge colleagues and friends to take it as well!