The VBR Team is utilizing technology and conducting business as seamlessly as possible remotely. As we enter phase 1 the VBR office will remain closed until May 31.
- All previously scheduled classes for May will be moved to online webinars.
- All VBR meetings will continue to be run virtually.
- Outside room rentals are canceled for May.
As we have new information and resources to share regarding COVID-19 we will update this section.
For Eagle County, Public Health resources use this link.
Moving to Blue Phase
Eagle County Public Health and Environment is updating the county’s Public Health Order regarding COVID-19. The move to the “Blue” Phase, per the county’s Transition Trail Map, is anticipated to take place on Monday, May 25.
PLEASE NOTE: The new Public Health Order is dependent on state approval of a variance request. The county submitted the request to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on May 11 but has only received a verbal approval. The state could approve, approve with conditions, or deny the request.
5/9/20 Breaking news! The Division of Real Estate has issued additional guidance for all the items in the Safer At Home phase. It covers all questions of who should be doing what. We wanted to make sure you got this message from DORA and if you did not it is linked here.
Did you miss this the Wednesday Q & A with special guest Scott Peterson CAR Legal Counsel? Watch the recorded session here.
Watch the Legal Bites video above from CAR General Counsel Scott Peterson discusses the state’s new 'Safer at Home' Order and Local County Updates. Also included are new Buyer & Seller COVID-19 Advisory Forms.
After hearing concerns from neighbors in the community, we have put together a “Safe Showing Pledge” marketing campaign to share all the extra precautions taken for showing properties by following the state “safer at home” guidelines. Watch the video above to learn more about it.
These guidelines ensure to protect the Vail Valley and Buyers and Sellers. Showing that we care and the REALTOR® value is an important message. We have images created for you to share in your marketing, on your social media, and a Facebook profile image frame that says, “I’m committed to the safe showing pledge.”
Join us in sharing with our neighbors your commitment to the “Safe Showing Pledge.”
View information to share in your marketing & social media for the Safe showing pledge
Please note that Eagle County guidelines did not specifically address real estate, which means that we should be following the state guidelines. We can't stress how important it is that the real estate community takes this seriously. Committing to following these guidelines ensures we don't move backward or get stricter regulations.
Please read through the 'Safer at home' order. We want to direct you to read page 5 "Section E" and page 18 "Appendix B." Real estate falls into "Field Services."
As we have moved to the new guidelines, real estate includes in-person real estate showings and marketing services, which must adhere to Social Distancing Requirements with cleaning and disinfection between each showing, but may not hold open houses.
Appendix B refers to the requirement that needs to be met to show the property for employing brokers and agents. A few items to point out are bullet-pointed below. Makes sure and read the entire list as these are the requirements for showing a property.
- Must wear mask and gloves & provide them to clients
- Monitor of agent symptoms and developing a policy for offices
- Maintaining a detailed log of contacts
- Cleaning and disinfecting between showings- (A good idea here would be to put a note in your showing instructions on how this is going to be coordinated.)
- Read full list
When it comes to showings, the best practice is to minimize "people to within the same household" to attend, such as decision-makers.
Phase 1 of Eagle County's plan for sustaining social distance public health order. Read the entire order to make sure you are complying with the updates if you are looking to reopen your business. Not following the guidelines could result in Eagle County discontinuing the phasing out of restrictions. 4/27/20
These five tips are the best practices for working with your clients:
- Start by viewing houses virtually with 360-degree tours, virtual chats etc.
- Limit in-person showings, and never go to a showing if you have any signs of illness.
- Follow social distancing best practices during showings: Only bring decision-makers (up to 2) for showings, refrain from touching anything, keep six feet between people, sanitize your hands before and after entering a home, and drive in a car separate from your clients.
- Use electronic documents, CTMContracts, RON
- Use the COVID-19 addendum if you run into delays during the process.
All businesses must create and visibly post a Social Distancing Protocol, explaining how the business is achieving all social distancing, sanitizing and cleaning, and other requirements.
Let the community know about your current business offerings. Vail Community Bulletin
Currently, Erica Kirk is the Chair of the real estate Private Sector Task Force groups.
COVID-19 Relief Resources
CARES Act & SBA Resources for Businesses:
Click here to view a separate page that breakdown all the resources available to the real estate and business community for relief for COVID-19.
VBR Leadership Updates
VBR Out of Area Residents 5/1/20
VMLS Update regarding Open Houses 4/8/2020
Important: Changes to Stay-at-Home order 3/26/2020
The Right Tools for Right Now 3/20/2020
VBR Office Update COVID-19 3/14/2020
The National Association of Realtors® is taking steps to support members through these uncertain times. The Right Tools, Right Now initiative makes new and existing NAR products and services available for FREE or at significant discounts – right now – and is available to REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations.
We are encouraging members to follow NAR: A Guide for REALTORS®.
The Third Updated Public Health Order 20-24 that was issued in conjunction with the Stay at Home order does not consider in-person showings and open houses to be a critical business/service. According to the Attorney General’s office, only real estate transactions that actually transfer real property ownership (Closings) is permissible and even they must comply with the Social Distancing Requirements set forth in the Health Order. VMLS Update regarding Open Houses 4/8/20
Thanks to the Colorado Association of Realtors® government affairs efforts, real estate has now been added to the Colorado Stay-at-Home Order as a critical business- Read the information here.
Updated Stay at Home Order - Until April 11th - read the full order here
CAR has worked with the Colorado Bar Association in the creation of an approved addendum to the Commission-approved Contract to Buy and Sell Real Estate to address the practical implications of Covid-19. The addendum addresses real estate transactions that are impacted and/or delayed by shutdowns of title offices, government agencies, lenders and/or appraisers; and real estate transactions that are impacted and/or delayed by mandatory or voluntary quarantines Click here to access and download the COVID-19 Addendum.
Attorney Jon Goodman identifies the general issues for creating and reviewing Coronavirus COVID-19 clauses.
Jon has released several videos covering various topics, including disclosure and Coronavirus, contract issues for deals already under contract, and Force Majeure and Coronavirus. More videos will follow as part of his six part series on Coronavirus COVID-19.
How to publish Virtual Open House links on Zillow and Trulia- Scroll down to MLS Rules Update
Upcoming Events & Training:
Every Monday: Managing in Uncertainty series
The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network is adding webinars on a daily basis to address common COVID-19 programs and to give you the opportunity to ask questions of industry experts. You can also find topics for startups, and also the weekly Managing in Uncertainty series (Mondays at Noon). Click here to see a list of webinars (updated daily).
Anytime - RRC-Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Update - Provides you with information to put together an action plan
With the government moving quickly to help businesses adversely impacted by the coronavirus, REALTORS® may find economic relief under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The most recent CARES Act provides the possibility of loans with a portion of the loan forgivable, several tax relief opportunities, unemployment benefits for the self-employed, mortgage forbearance opportunities, along with other economic relief. Free webinar. Click Here to register.
Anytime - CAR COVID-19 Virtual Panel recorded on April 6- Watch here
Scott Peterson, Damian Cox and Elizabeth Peetz hosted a webinar on the COVID-19 virus and its implications on real estate transactions, the Colorado legislative session, federal initiatives to support REALTORS®, and the wide variety of risk management considerations that every REALTOR® needs to consider.
Anytime - Update on CAR Healthcare solution
Alpine Association Benefits hosted a webinar on updates to the CAR Healthcare Solutions plans. It includes resources for cost-sharing and traditional insurance, and info on dental and vision options. You can find the recorded webinar here - on our Educational Video page.
Support Local Businesses
You can safely support our business community during this time.
The Vail Valley Partnership has created the "What Businesses Are Open in Eagle County " page as a resource. It includes a form that businesses can complete to be listed on the site.
We encourage everyone to stay safe and not take unnecessary trips into the community. One way to support a business is to order online and pick up products at a later date. Remember to keep your distance (and wash your hands) during this time.
Affiliates: We are happy to share your Facebook post announcing hours or guidelines on picking up orders. Please tag the Vail Board of Realtors so that we are notified to share it. #vbraffiliates
Erica Kirk- Association Executive
VBR Board of Directors