Following the guidelines handed down from SC Governor McMaster on March 15 regarding the limitation of public gatherings, PRAR has made the decision to Cancel our Membership meeting on March 25th.
At this time, we have not cancelled any classes. However, this may change as we get new information, so please read our Emails, check our Facebook, and Website. We have LIMITED all future class sizes to 30 to allow students to spread out at this time. In addition, we will take extra measures to clean the classroom before and after every class. We also have plenty of Hand Sanitizer and Hand Soap for our customer. Any student who is already scheduled and does not want to attend, is welcome to call and reschedule for a later class.
We have been preparing for this announcement and are prepared to continue business as usual.
At this time the office will remain open and we will be available Monday-Thursday, during normal operating hours (9am-4:30pm).
If the time comes that we need to shut down the office, we have the availability to continue business as normal for our Members from a virtual position.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time and assure you we will do everything we can to provide you with the outstanding services you are accustomed to
How will it affect my license renewal?
We are still waiting to see if there will be any changes from SC LLR regarding License Renewal. No changes have been announced as of today.
All required license renewal courses can be completed online. Check out our website for links to Online Learning if you are interested, and this will support PRAR as well.
How could COVID-19 affect my business?
The National Association of Realtors® has produced a helpful guide for navigating your client relationships during the spread of this virus.
When an infectious disease, such as coronavirus, is associated with a specific population or nationality, fear and anxiety may lead to social stigma and potential discrimination. Realtors® must be mindful of their obligations under the Fair Housing Act, and be sure not to discriminate against any particular segment of the population. While the coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, China, that does not provide a basis for treating Chinese persons or persons of Asian descent differently.
May I ask clients or others I interact with in my real estate business if they have traveled recently, or have any signs of respiratory illness?
Yes, you may ask clients or others about their recent travel, particularly to areas identified as having an increased risk of coronavirus. To avoid potential fair housing issues, be sure to ask all clients the same screening questions based on current, factual information from public health authorities.
I typically drive my clients to showings. May I refuse to drive potential clients to see homes?
Yes. However, be sure that any change to your business practices is applied equally to all clients. You may refuse to drive clients who show signs of illness or reveal recent travel to areas of increased risk of coronavirus, or you may instead decide to stop driving clients in your car altogether, and simply arrange to meet clients at a property. If you do continue to drive clients in your car, it is a good idea to frequently clean and disinfect surfaces like door handles and seat belt latches, and to ask clients to use hand sanitizer when getting in and out of the car.
Should I still conduct open houses on my listed properties?
Speak openly and honestly with your seller about the pros and cons of holding an open house. Assess the risk based on your specific location, and direct your clients to local and state health authorities for specific information about the severity of the risk in your area. You could also propose alternative marketing opportunities for your seller’s consideration, such as video tours and other methods to virtually tour a property.
If you do hold an open house, consider requiring all visitors to disinfect their hands upon entering the home, and provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers at the entryway, as well as soap and disposable towels in bathrooms. If you decide to do any cleaning at your client’s home, be sure to check with your client in advance about any products you plan to use. After the open house, recommend that your client clean and disinfect their home, especially commonly touched areas like doorknobs and faucet handles.
What precautions should brokers consider taking in their offices?
Brokers should use their best judgment when formulating a plan. First, brokers should implement a mandatory “stay-home” policy for any staff member or agent exhibiting any sign of illness, and depending on where the broker is geographically located, a broker may want to consider imposing a mandatory remote work policy for employees and instructing agents to stay out of the office.
In addition, taking measures such as holding virtual meetings or potentially postponing or cancelling in-person meetings or events may be good measures to take to limit close contact between individuals. Be sure to monitor updates from the CDC, as well as your state and local health authorities for additional information and guidance on holding meetings or events. For travel considerations, review NAR’s “Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTOR® Associations”.
Finally, do not panic, stay informed, and use your best judgment. The situation is rapidly changing, so focus on putting policies and procedures in place to keep your employees informed, safe, and to avoid business disruption in the event the situation worsens.
What preventative measures may be taken to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading coronavirus?
The same preventative measures recommended to prevent influenza are also effective in reducing the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus.
These measures include:
What should I do if I have symptoms of coronavirus?
Call your doctor. In non-emergency situations, call your healthcare professional first. Do not visit your doctor or go to the hospital until they tell you to come in. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
NAR’s new campaign has launched!! Read Bob Goldberg’s announcement then go to www.ThatsWhoWeR.com to see for yourself!
Helping consumers understand why working with a REALTOR® is the best choice for this life-changing transaction goes way back to 1913.
That’s when National Association of REALTORS® began to set their members apart by adopting a Code of Ethics that still guides the business decisions of 1.3M REALTORS® today. The REALTOR® Code of Ethics isn’t just words on a page, but is a pledge of honesty, integrity, professionalism, and community service. Partnering with a REALTOR® delivers the peace of mind that comes from working with a real person. A real advocate. A real, trusted professional who is committed to their clients’ futures and neighborhoods just as much as they are.
It’s the Code of Ethics that helped to inspire our new campaign, “That’s Who We R®”. The campaign will demonstrate the value of a REALTOR®, distinguish REALTORS® from the rest, and deliver a sense of pride in being a REALTOR®.