Monday, March 30, 2020 | 4:30PM
Earlier today, Governor Northam issued Executive Order 55 and reiterated the importance of Executive Order 53.
As this relates to the real estate community, REALTORS® may continue to operate real estate businesses, but must do so in accordance with Executive Order 53 and CDC guidelines.
- Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited
- Open houses should only be virtual
- Do as much work as possible remotely/virtually
- Interact directly with clients or colleagues only when necessary, and maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet between individuals
Now is the time to be leaders in our community and demonstrate that REALTORS® will collectively do their part to flatten the curve.
Monday, March 23rd, 2020 | 4:30 pm
Earlier today, Governor Northam banned all gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 30 days. He also indicated that later today his office would post a list of what are considered “essential” businesses. Both VAR and RAR staff have been working diligently over the past several days to impress upon both state and local leaders how essential the real estate industry is to the economy of the Commonwealth. For now, we await further word from the Governor’s office; following that, we will provide further guidance to all members regarding the conduct of your daily business.
Please note: to protect the health of both the RAR/CVR MLS staff and the health of our members, RAR/CVR MLS headquarters is now closed to all walk-ins. Staff will be available to support you online and over the phone during this time. If you have questions related to COVID-19 specifically, please submit them at https://bit.ly/covid19question. Regular membership questions should go to membership@RARealtors.com. MLS Support can be accessed from the Support and Knowledge Base icon on your Clareity Dashboard at cvrmls.com.
CVR MLS will only be providing lockboxes under limited circumstances. If you have a specific need and do not have any lockboxes in your inventory, or all of your lockboxes are assigned to other properties, you may email email@example.com. Staff will contact you directly to assist in meeting your lockbox needs. Brokers: If you have available lockboxes in your inventory, SentriLock Support or CVR MLS lockbox staff can assist in transferring a box to your agents for their use during this time.
We also ask that you submit payments online or mail a check postmarked no later than April 1st due to the closure to foot traffic. To submit your MLS payment online, visit RARealtors.com/account or click Member Account on your Clareity Dashboard. Click on Pay Now to submit payment.
Be well and stayed tuned to RARealtors.com/covid19 for regular updates, also available on the Clareity Dashboard.
Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 9:30 AM
In the May 6, 2020 COVID-19 Realtor Update video, CVR MLS legal counsel, Michael Lafayette discussed the challenge of preparing a purchase offer for a buyer who has either not seen the inside of a property or has only viewed it in a virtual environment. Below is the language he has provided for use for transactions when the buyer has not had the opportunity to see a listed property in person. This language is intended as a risk mitigation tool for buyer agents. It should NOT be inserted into the Purchase Agreement, but instead printed as a separate document to be signed by the purchaser only and retained by the buyer’s agent.
Purchaser acknowledges that they are submitting a written offer/Purchase Agreement to purchase the Property without having seen the Property in person. Except as explicitly allowed under the Purchase Agreement, Purchaser understands that they will not have the right to rescind or terminate the Purchase Agreement or modify the terms of the Purchase Agreement for any reason after the Purchase Agreement is accepted and executed by the seller. Any right to inspect the Property and/or to request repairs of defects revealed after an inspection must be contained in the Purchase Agreement being submitting to the seller.
Purchaser understands that it is their responsibility to determine whether the size, location and condition of the Property are acceptable prior to submitting the Purchase Agreement. Purchaser acknowledges that seller, listing broker and Purchaser’s broker have made no representations as to the suitability of the Property for Purchaser’s needs.
Purchaser acknowledges that any images or videography provided by the seller, listing broker or Purchaser’s broker or agent may not display the Property’s features, flaws or size, and may not be an accurate depiction of the appearance and/or condition of the Property.