Category Archives: COVID19

COVID19

Financial & Business Assistance

ASSISTANCE/SMALL BUSINESS LOANS Updated July 6, 2020 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans On June 30th, the U.S. House, by unanimous consent, passed legislation that would extend the deadline for companies to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans through August 8. The application period expired at 11:59 p.m. on June 30 with about $130 billion in …

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COVID-19 FAQs for REALTORS: Emergency Unemployment Benefits

Updated 6/16/2020 RI REALTORS is working to provide clarification on the Emergency Unemployment Insurance application with pertinent state agencies. Updates will be posted as they become available. Please check this page often. Also see the R.I. Dept. of Labor and Training’s FAQs.  This status update feature is now available to unemployment benefits claimants on the …

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Revised COVID-19 Amendment Now Available

On April 7, 2020, the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS® Executive Committee approved a revised COVID-19 Amendment.  At the time that the original Amendment was written, town and city halls were closing, it was not clear whether critical government and business functions, such as smoke/CO inspections, title searches, closing, and inspections could take place or …

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COVID-19: Appraisal Updates

HUD, VA and USDA all have protocols in place for exterior appraisals. All three entities announced on Friday, March 27th, the ability for appraisals to be completed based upon exterior-only observations.  This was critical to allow pending sales to move forward, and also critical to allow consumers access to credit with the very low interest …

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New appraisal guidelines: Best practices for REALTORS

Lenders still want a full appraisal.  However, if it is not feasible for the appraisal to be done (if someone in the home is sick for example) the lender MAY request an exception for an exterior only report.  Appraisers will now be able to do exterior appraisal reports for Fanny Mae loans (the majority of …

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COVID-19: RI REALTORS® Office/Staffing/Cancellations

RI REALTORS® Office/Staffing: Due to COVID-19, RI REALTORS® has implemented the following measures, based on ensuring the health and safety of our members and staff: RI REALTORS® will be implementing a revised staffing structure until further notice. Please call or email us with any questions or concerns you have regarding meetings, classes or events. Please address …

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General Federal/State Information

RHODE ISLAND Executive Orders: Face Masks Effective Saturday, April 18, all employees of customer-facing businesses MUST wear a face mask to go into the office or workplace unless an employee can easily, continuously, and measurably maintain at least six (6) feet of distance from others for the duration of his or her work. (Everyone should …

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Real Estate Specific Updates: Federal, State and Municipal Resources

Real Estate Industry Updates: Last updated: 5/30/20 FEDERAL UPDATES New Tax Extension Deadline The IRS is moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties. NOTE: The R.I. Division of Taxation has also postponed the filing-and-payment deadline for …

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RIAR and MLS ask Realtors to refrain from holding open houses

Warwick, R.I. – March 21, 2020 — The Rhode Island Association of Realtors (RIAR) and its subsidiary, State-Wide Multiple Listing Service (MLS), are calling upon all Rhode Island Realtors to stop holding open houses until further notice to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. RIAR and MLS urge members to use modern technology instead. …

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COVID-19: Updates from RI REALTORS®

Check regularly for new information and visit our REAL ESTATE FAQs and REALTOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FAQS for more details! Last updated: 7/10/20 RECENT NEWS & UPDATES  Safe Harbor Housing Program Begins Monday for Eviction Diversion The Safe Harbor eviction diversion initiative is designed to help landlords and tenants resolve nonpayment disputes outside of the traditional, …

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