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.

  • Starting Monday, April 27th we will have an hour window on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. for members to pick up lockboxes and "Welcome Home Bags". Members will need to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. beforehand so we can have items ready for pickup outside the office, which will limit interaction.
  • 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. 

Eagle County Community COVID-19 Monitoring


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.

Read more here


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.

These forms aren't meant to be used as disclaimers or indemnification documents. Please contact CAR's Legal Hotline with questions on these forms. The Hotline is a free benefit to you as a VBR and CAR members.
 
 
 

Safe Showing Pledge

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: 

  1. Start by viewing houses virtually with 360-degree tours, virtual chats etc.
  2. Limit in-person showings, and never go to a showing if you have any signs of illness. 
  3. 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.
  4. Use electronic documents, CTMContracts, RON
  5. 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.

Eagle County Transition Trail Map 

Eagle County COVID-19 Business Toolkit

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

The Private Sector Task Forces are private sector groups designed to help you and your business find information, and take part, in the community-wide recovery from COVID-19. We will share any update with all VBR members in regard to the efforts being worked on by the task force. If you have questions please feel free to reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.  

CARES Act (Coronavirus) Unemployment Assistance FAQs

CARES Act for Colorado REALTORS®

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act-  Provisions for REALTORS® and Their Consumers


VBR Leadership Updates

VBR Out of Area Residents 5/1/20

'Safer at home' Guidelines for showings 4/28/20

Following the new public health & business guidelines. Flexmls Q & A today! Build your brand during crisis. 4/27/20

Important: 'Safer at Home' phase guidance. 4/24/20

Business relief resources. Free webinars. March market stats. Tips for using Zoom. 4/13/20

Important: DORA Updated guidance 4/9/20

VMLS Update regarding Open Houses 4/8/2020

Important: Regarding open houses & in-person showings 4/7/2020

Remote Notarization implemented. Important CARES Act info. CAR and NAR updates. 4/6/2020

VMLS Rule Changes, Training Opportunities and More!  4/2/20

9 tips to working safely. February pending home sales up. Discounted NAR tools. 3/30/2020

Important: Changes to Stay-at-Home order 3/26/2020

Important: What you need to know about Stay-at-Home order. 3/26/2020

New Contract Addendum- Risk Management Webinar 3/24/2020

Online learning and webinars. Beware a coronavirus scam. Legal hotline extension. 3/23/2020

The Right Tools for Right Now 3/20/2020

Join us for a special online Membership Meeting! 3/17/2020

Coronavirus emergency legislation. Fed announces 0 interest rate. Tools to work remotely. 3/16/2020

VBR Office Update COVID-19 3/14/2020


NAR Resources

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.

See what NAR tools are available for you.

COVID-19: Workplace Re-Entry Checklist

Guidance for Fair Housing Compliance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NAR Shelter in Place Guidance 

NAR Virtual Showings & Virtual Tours 

NAR Transaction Guidance During COVID-19

NAR- Open House Guidance During COVID-19

Coronavirus Advocacy FAQ

We are encouraging members to follow NAR: A Guide for REALTORS®.

NAR: Coronavirus Guidance for REALTORS®


CAR Resources 

COVID-19 UPDATES, NEWS, AND RESOURCES FOR COLORADO REALTORS®

CAR Expands Legal Hotline Hours

Be On the Lookout for Coronavirus Scams


Important Resources

Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Real Estate, Guidance: Practicing Real Estate During a Pandemic 4/9/20

CAR is still working on getting clarification regarding the third updated public health order 4/8/20

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

Important: Regarding open houses & in-person showings 4/7/20

View Eagle Public Health Order- 4/6/20

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 

Colorado Secretary of State office implements remote notarization

Colorado Division of Real Estate Update 

Read DORA concern with Open Houses 

Guide on Appraisals 

Homeowner Association Guidance 

VVP Business Recourse for Eagle County and Colorado 


Legal Resources 

COVID Risk Management Potpourri

COVID19 Contract and Risk Management Issues webinar

Legal Bites #51 - Covid 19 and Real Estate Transactions

Legal Bites #52 - New Covid 19 Contract Addendum

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.

View all Jon's webinars 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Plea from Damian Cox


Virtual Tools

How to publish Virtual Open House links on Zillow and Trulia- Scroll down to MLS Rules Update

Stay in touch with clients remotely

Best video conferencing software 2020: paid and free solutions for business


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 

Support local businesses safely


Members Support 

As we continue to practice social distancing and flattening the curve, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. If you are sick and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., let us know.  We will get a team together and supply the support that you need. 

Erica Kirk- Association Executive

VBR Board of Directors