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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.

The Birmingham Association of REALTORS® and Greater Alabama MLS are taking the precautionary step to suspend all in-person meetings, classes, and events effective Monday, March 16, 2020, through Thursday, April 30, 2020. BAR/GALMLS will continue to review this policy weekly as new information becomes available.

Resources

 

NAR Resources

  -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 Stimulus Package Review, Provisions for REALTORS® as outlined in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (The CARES Act) - Click here

  -NAR Open House Guidance - Click here                  

  -NAR Coronavirus: A guide for REALTORS® - Click here

Alabama Specific Resources

  -AAR Coronavirus Page - Click here

  -AAR Note from Association - 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

Coronavirus Specific Resources

  -CDC Main Page - Click here

  -Coronavirus Advocacy FAQs: RE Transactions, Independent Contractors, NAR Grants - Click here

  -Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission - 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

 


BAR/GALMLS staff & support:    

Beginning Monday, March 16th, access inside the Birmingham Association of REALTORS® and Greater Alabama MLS offices will be limited to staff and any necessary service providers related to building maintenance. While members will not have access inside the building, BAR/GALMLS staff will continue to be available via telephone and email.
Contact information:
205-871-1911
membership@birminghamrealtors.com
support@greateralmls.com
To search the staff directory, click here.

Events:
All events through April 30, 2020, will be either canceled or postponed. This includes our annual President’s Luncheon, which we are working to reschedule. If you have registered for one of our upcoming events, look for an email with further details to be released soon.
 
Classes:
All classes are suspended during this time, through April 30, 2020. If you are currently registered for a class during this period, you will receive a refund if paid, and you may register for future classes.
Online CE is available, click HERE . There are two online BAR approved CE partners: The CE Shop and The Career Academy of Real Estate. Links for both are available by clicking 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.
 
Lockboxes:
Lockbox orders must be placed ahead of time via email to support@greateralmls.com. Orders received by 12:00 noon will be prepared for you and available for pick-up the same day after 1:00 PM. Orders received after 12:00 noon will be ready the following day after 1:00PM. All orders must be emailed in advance. Lockboxes can be dropped off at any time on our "return" bench. Click HERE for procedures. 
 
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.

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.

We certainly hope that the risk posed by COVID-19 will pass in the near future. This decision is intended to ensure we do not inadvertently expose our members, volunteers, and employees, nor contribute to the spread of the virus in our community. We appreciate your understanding and support, and we will continue to provide updates as things evolve. For additional information on COVID-19, please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and NAR's guidance for REALTORS®.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us by calling 205-871-1911 or sending an email to info@birminghamrealtors.com. We will continue to monitor and reevaluate and work to ensure that members’ needs are met. Information about the virus is changing rapidly.