This page is dedicated to information and communications from the Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS® and includes information from New York State and other related entities, along with links to the NYSAR and NAR Coronavirus pages.
The most recent GRAR Member Update
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Important Coronavirus Pages
Earlier GRAR Member Updates
March 20 Update – New York State on PAUSE going into effect
March 19 Update – Guidance from GRAR on the use of a COVID-19 Addendum
March 19 Update – GRAR Member Update – US Congress Passes the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”; NAR Flash Survey
March 12 Update – GRAR Member Update – NAR Guide for REALTORS; CDC Protocols
Learn more about the NYS on PAUSE Executive Order:
- “New York State on PAUSE” Executive Order
- Guidance on Essential Services Under the NYS on PAUSE Order
- New York State Coronavirus Main Page
Other Resources and Information
The NYS Department of Labor is reminding businesses of its Shared Work Program that can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group. Learn more
The Department of Labor is working hard to keep up with the new demand for Unemployment Insurance and has instituted new rules that include extended hours and restrictions about when to file based on your last name. Learn more
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved a statewide disaster declaration for New York. Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online. Learn more
Education and License Renewal
March 16, 2020 Email from Duncan MacKenzie, NYSAR CEO
The coronavirus situation has certainly uprooted many aspects of our lives. One impact on NYSAR members is losing access to continuing education needed for license renewal due to in-class course cancellations.
Current law provides for hardship extension waivers when licensees are unable to complete their continuing education requirement for license renewal. We are happy to report that the NYS Department of State (DOS) will grant six (6) month waivers to students who are unable to complete their education due to the state of emergency.
Licensees requiring a waiver must provide evidence of a bona fide hardship precluding completion of the continuing education requirements prior to the time the renewal application is to be filed. A licensee seeking such a waiver shall go through the renewal process using eAccessNY. When filling out the renewal application, the licensee would indicate that they did not complete the required continuing education. Choose the option to upload documents and provide: 1) all documentation demonstrating such hardship and 2) a written request for such waiver. The DOS will notify you if the waiver was granted.
The DOS is now working on a notification that will be posted on their website and sent via email. Please look for the notification from DOS and further updates from NYSAR.
NYSAR will continue to monitor the impact of the state of emergency on our members. Please look for email and social media alerts, and check NYSAR.com often.
NYSAR Chief Executive Officer