IAR Presidential Update - COVID-19 - March 22

Hello Everyone,

We wish everyone the best and hope you and your family are healthy in this challenging time. If you would like to watch the video version of this update, click here:

Please be mindful of your activities and follow the CDC guidelines and the recommendations put forth from our local government. Governor Reynolds is giving daily updates. 

We want to assure you that the association is continuing to provide the highest level of service possible. We will continue to offer online education and are adding live streaming courses. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

IAR headquarters is closed until further notice. We will be evaluating the situation on a daily basis. All staff are working remotely. If you need to reach a department directly please go to 

NAR continues to be a great resource for REALTORS continuing to conduct business during this unprecedented time. Information includes tips on keeping your clients and yourself safe, with specific recommendations for cleaning and advising clients during showings. In addition there are resources for property owners, open house guidelines and advice for brokers. Visit this new page for all these resources. 

IAR has created a COVID-19 addendum/amendment to assist you in your real estate transactions. IAR Legal Counsel 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.

On Friday 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 message encouraging 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. 

Scott Wendl, 2020 IAR President


 Further Resources:

Iowa Department of Public Health's Coronavirus (COVID-19) home page:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Coronavirus (COVID-19) home page:


Iowa Association of REALTORS

This article was written as a collaboration of IAR Staff members or invited subject matter experts.

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