COVID-19 Updates

The U.S. and the state of Tennessee issued statements regarding COVID-19 urging groups of 10 or more to avoid direct contact. In light of this decision, the association is taking the step of asking the KAAR staff to work remotely rather than together in the office beginning Tuesday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m. for the time being.  The association's physical office will be closed during this time.

All KAAR meetings, courses and events are canceled through at least April 17th.  Brokers with new agents needing new member orientation may contact Membership Director Teresa Tillery for information regarding a newly implemented online orientation.  Members needing CE for license renewal should look under the kaarmls.com website under Education tab for online options.

We want to emphasize that KAAR staff are still here for our members and are available via email and phone. We are working hard to ensure that the needs of members will continue to be met with as little disruption as possible during this temporary adjustment to our office arrangement.

Staff will be checking their voicemails regularly, but it may be best/easier to communicate by email. Members may find a list of staff emails here.

Please keep an eye on this page for updates as we navigate through the COVID-19 matter.

LOCAL UPDATES

July 6: KAAR Staff working remotely

July 1: Knox County Board of Health passes face mask mandate

May 22: Update on Knox County Open Houses in Phase II

May 8: NAR's COVID-19: Workplace Re-Entry Checklist

April 29: Guidance on Open Houses

April 22: The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development video with step-by-step guidance for self-employed individuals on how to apply for pandemic unemployed assistance

April 20: Gov. Bill Lee Announces Safer at Home Order to Expire April 30 ("Lee Administration will work with Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan counties and their health departments as they plan their own re-open strategies.")

April 1: Posting an Open House

March 30: Real estate, title services, appraisals deemed “essential services” by Gov. Lee. See page 11/item 24: HERE

March 23: NEW COVID-19 Amendment/Addendum Form (RF 679)

March 23: Knox County Issues Safer at Home Order (Order Can be found here)

March 22: Discouraging Open Houses During COVID-19

March 17: Classes, Meetings & Events Canceled Through April 17

TENNESSEE

August 28: Gov. Lee extends State of Emergency and COVID-19 executive orders to September 30

August 14: Gov. Lee Announces Expanded Small Business Relief; New Relief Programs for Agriculture, Tourism, and Workforce Development

April 20: REALTOR®-focused Q&A on Unemployment from the TN Dept. of Labor & Workforce Dvmt

April 15: TN Dept. of Labor created a video to help self-employed Tennesseans apply for unemployment: HERE

April 7: New Covid-19 Release Form (RF 309) — Watch the Release form tutorial video: HERE

April 6: Unemployment FAQs from the Tennessee Dept. of Labor

March 25: TREC License Renewal Deadlines Extended

March 23: NEW COVID-19 Amendment/Addendum Form (RF 679)

March 19: Tennessee REALTORS® Letter to TN Governor Bill Lee

March 18: Update from Tennessee REALTORS® President Hagan Stone

March 12: COVID-19 and Tennessee REALTORS® Events

March 10: Tennessee REALTORS® Corona Virus Update

NATIONAL

September 2 - NAR Responds to Eviction Moratorium Executive Order

September 2 - Trump moves to ban evictions nationwide through December

July 2 - Congress Grants PPP Extension

June 23 - Intersection of SBA Loans and Unemployment Assistance Flyer

June 18: SBA Rolls Out Major Updates to PPP

April 28: Updated NAR guidance related to COVID-19, including transactions

April 28: Protect Your Investment Brochure - For members to use as a tool to help homeowners who are struggling to meet their loan obligations due to COVID-19

April 24: Coronavirus: SBA Cares Act FAQs

April 23 - How to Secure Your Business Through the CARES Act

April 22: U.S. Senate passed legislation Tuesday to replenish funding for several coronavirus small-business relief programs championed by NAR and available to REALTORS®

April 18: Health insurance coverage resources related to COVID-19

April 17: Independent Contractor Guidance from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

April 13: CARES Act Update

April 2: Coronavirus: Unemployment Assistance CARES Act FAQs

April 2: NAR Offers Members TeleHealth to Realtors® at No Cost in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

March 27: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act: Provisions for REALTORS® and their Consumers

March 26: NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now site for free/discounted member resources

March 23: A Special Message from Bob Goldberg and Vince Malta on COVID-19

March 21: NAR's Advocacy Work Towards COVID-19 Relief

March 20: Open House Guidance During COVID-19

March 20: Sample Preparedness Plan for Circumstances Related to COVID-19

March 20: NAR Requests CRE Relief in COVID-19 Response

March 19: COVID-19: We Can't Take Public Space for Granted

March 19: NAR Survey Finds Nearly Half of REALTORS® Say Home Buyer Interest Has Decreased Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 18: Coronavirus Emergency Legislation: What REALTORS® Need to Know 

March 18: Impact of H.R. 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" on NAR Members

March 18: FHFA Suspends Foreclosures and Evictions for Enterprise-Backed Mortgages

March 18: NAR to Deliver Virtual Solutions for 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

March 2020: IREM® Pandemic Guide for Real Estate Managers

ADVOCACY

March 20 - NAR Letter to House and Senate Leadership Regarding COVID-19 Relief for Independent Contractors 

March 20 - NAR Support Letter to Senate and House Leadership RE S 3533 SECURE Notarization Act of 2020

March 19 - Broad Industry Coalition Support Letter to Senators Rubio and Collins Regarding The Keeping Workers Paid and Employed Act

March 19 - Real Estate Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding Renter and Property Owner Relief

March 18 - Broad Industry Coalition Letter to President, Pelosi, and McConnell Regarding Credit and Tax Relief

March 17 - NAR Letter to Treasury and IRS Regarding 1031 Deadlines 

March 17 - NAR Letter to Treasury and IRS Regarding Op Zone Funds 

March 12 - NAR Letter to Congress on COVID-19 Small Business Relief

NAR Coronavirus Advocacy FAQ's