Important Message Regarding COVID-19

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. We are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (known as the coronavirus) and its impact on our community. As COVID-19 is predominantly spread through close contact, out of an abundance of caution, we are implementing further precautionary measures in response to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) , State of Alabama, and Jefferson County guidelines to ensure the safety and health of our members, subscribers, and staff.


Reopening and Operations Update for BAR & GALMLS

The following are details you need to know:

~Staff is required to adhere to social distancing orders and sanitary guidelines.

~A tentative date for reopening to members and the public is June 1.

~Staff continues to be available via email, phone, and video conferencing.

~Because large gatherings are still not allowed, June events are canceled.

Open Houses & Lockboxes

~The GALMLS suspension of Open Houses expired with the Governor’s "Safer at Home" order.

~Open Houses are now available for scheduling in Paragon.

~Virtual showings and open houses are still the best practice.

~Additional information on meetings, classes, and events will be released closer to June 1.

~ Lockbox Procedures can be found here.

Need to Reach BAR & GALMLS Staff?

We are available Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

BAR Member Services - (205) 871-1911

MLS Support - (205) 397-8062

Click Here for the Staff Directory


Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS®
NAR has provided this guidance to help REALTORS® respond to the potential impact on the real estate industry, view online. We encourage you to stay up-to-date by visiting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the State of Alabama and review Steps to Prevent Illness for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NAR Resources

  -NAR How to Secure Your Business Through the CARES Act - Click here

  -NAR Stimulus Package Review, Provisions for REALTORS® - Click here

  -NAR Member Support Hotline - (800) 874-6500, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM CST

  -NAR Right Tools Right Now Program - Click  here

  -NAR Coronavirus Page -  Click here

  -NAR Open House Guidance - Click here                                  

Alabama Specific Resources


  -Alabama Public Health Department - Click here

  -State of Alabama Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses - Click here

  - Need a PPP Loan? - Click here

  -Office of Alabama Governor (Covid-19) - Click here

  -City of Birmingham Mask Requirement - Click here

  -AAR REALhealth Enrollment Plan - Click here

  -AAR 2020 Corona (Covid-19) Addendum (Use as needed) - Click here

  -AAR Note from President - Click here

  -AREC Contingency Plan for COVID-19 - Click here

  -Jefferson County Department of Health - Click here

  -Alabama Department of Labor File a Claim - Click here

  -Alabama Department of Labor Family First Coronavirus Response Act - Click  here

BAR & MLS Lockbox Policy

  -Lockbox Policy - Click here

SBA Resources 

  -Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources - Click here  

  -SBA US Small Business Administration - Click here

  -U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Guide and Checklist - Click here

Coronavirus Specific Resources

  -CDC Main Page - Click here

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information Sheet: Borrowers  

   -Summary Guide Info Link - Click here

   -Application Link - Click here

FHFA Authorizes Loan Processing Flexibilities for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Customers

   -Fannie Mae - Click here

   -Freddie Mac - Click here


All events through June 30, 2020, have been either canceled or postponed. 
Please check the BAR calendar for available classes. Click here
New Member Orientation
The new member requirement will be extended for any new members affected by the suspension.
Committee meetings:
Your staff liaison will provide alternatives to in-person meetings, as available.
New member and eKEY appointments: 
All new-member appointments and eKEY assignments will be conducted over the phone.
Please go to for info. 

Is Birmingham Association of REALTORS® or Greater Alabama MLS closed? No.

Our staff is available during normal business hours via telephone and email (M-F, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM). You may see the lights on and our cars in the parking lot, but access to the building is limited to staff and any necessary service providers related to building maintenance. We must be consistent in this regard to limit social interactions. Please respect this protocol and know that it is not personal, regardless of your familiarity with our staff and/or your membership longevity.