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REALTOR® Matching Grant Fundraiser

Help us help our neighbors during our Matching Grant Fundraiser RI REALTORS® is committed to helping others and giving back, but we need your help. COVID-19 has impacted nearly every Rhode Islander in some way. In an effort to help those who need it most, the RI Association of REALTORS® and State-Wide MLS have pledged …

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Clear Cooperation Policy Now in Effect

At long last, the new NAR-mandated Clear Cooperation policy is now in effect.  The most significant impact of this policy on State-Wide MLS customers will be a restriction against publicly marketing Non-MLS listings. Please see the FAQs for details on what is considered public marketing.   As this policy applies to ALL Non-MLS listings—past and future—please cease …

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Qualified Opportunity Zones now available in Matrix!

What are Opportunity Zones? An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Localities qualify as Opportunity Zones if they have been nominated for that designation by the state and that nomination has been certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury via his …

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How is COVID-19 impacting closings?

If you weren’t able to take in the RI Realtors® YPN webinar on April 16th, you missed some important news about how COVID-19 is impacting closings. Attorneys Melissa D’Ellena, Chris Denelle and Geoff Sciotti had some interesting updates and advice to share. Here are some of their helpful tips: • Early in the process, ask …

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MLS adds functionality to help you manage your listings

With your ability to show your listings now limited by social distancing, we’ve added some important features to help you showcase your home virtually! First, we’ve added the ability for you to enter “Virtual Open Houses” into Matrix. A virtual open house is essentially a live streamed viewing of your listing. It is not the …

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Home Inspectors Must Be Licensed by  July 1, 2020

Is “your” home inspector licensed?   Starting on July 1, 2020,  anyone who conducts a home inspection for a home or other residential property located in Rhode Island must be licensed as a home inspector or associate home inspector.  This includes home inspectors who are already licensed in other states like Massachusetts or Connecticut. If you …

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New Executive Order, 4/14: Face Masks

Effective Saturday, April 18, all employees (including independent contractors) of customer-facing businesses MUST wear a facemask 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. What does this mean for REALTORS? …

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COVID19 News

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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