VPAR CoVID-19 Member Update

Your VPAR Leadership Team continues to monitor CoVID-19 and its impact on our members.  The VPAR Offices remain open for the essential needs of members.  Office access remains limited to Staff Only.  Member access is available by phone or email. For VPAR Supra iBoxes and other store items please call ahead, and we have established a pickup location outside the office for iBox pickup, drop off or for store items purchased.  Active key users may also upgrade their service to a Supra E-key over the phone.

VPAR continues to process new membership applications and payments over the phone and via email.  In fact, we processed two new member applications already this week!

VPAR is working diligently to implement new technologies for future virtual committee meetings and education programs. We are making progress and will be updating all as the progress evolves in this area.  

Resources for members continue to be updated daily by both our National and State Association.  Use these links for important updates and check often as they are updated on a regular basis.

Virginia REALTORS® Resources and Updateshttps://www.virginiarealtors.org/coronavirus/

Please note the recent updates regarding the Governors Executive Order 53 in which he lays out specific direction to businesses across Virginia. While REALTORS® are still be able to conduct business, he did stress the need to follow the 10-person prohibition on gatherings, stress the need to telework and offer your services as remotely as possible and, if the need arises to conduct business in person, to do so following the CDC-recommended rules dictating social distancing, cleaning, and other means. Virginia REALTORS® is strongly recommending that members stop holding in person open houses.  REALTORS® should be prudent and show the Governor that we mean business in helping to flatten the curve, or he will be forced to take additional action. Our lobbyists  in Richmond are working very hard to protect our industry and ability to work safely.

National Association of REALTORS® – Coronavirus: A Guide For REALTORS®https://www.nar.realtor/coronavirus-a-guide-for-realtors

If you have a specific question or concern, please reach out to VPAR for assistance. We are embracing technology to continue to support and serve our membership.  We are here to help. Your professionalism truly stands out in difficult time like these because That’s Who We R!

 

Lindsay Pennington

VPAR President

Member Update March 25th

The Legislative Line – Number 3

The 2020 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly began on Wednesday, January 8th, and adjourned Sine Die (Latin for “without another day”) on Thursday, March 12th. Legislators left Richmond close to 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 8th after an exhaustive legislative work day last Saturday that concluded close to midnight, and yet were left with the critical tasks of approving a two-year budget, and electing judges, including electing judges to the State Corporation Commission (SCC).  After a few days back in their districts, legislators returned to Richmond this past Thursday to complete work on all legislation.

REAL Full Article Here VPAR LEGISLATIVE LINE #3

For additional information or other details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445, or by e-mail at susan@gastongroup.com.

Important Message Regarding COVID-19 from VPAR Leadership

Important Message Regarding COVID-19 from VPAR Leadership

In response to the growing public health concern regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® is open for business however we are taking the precautionary steps to restrict office access to staff only. We are suspending all in-person meetings, appointments, classes, and events effective Monday, March 16 until further notice.  VPAR staff is committed to the continue services to our members using technology available.  VPAR will continue to review this policy daily as new information becomes available from the CDC and local government agencies.

►Classes/events. All classes and events are suspended. If you are currently registered for a class or event during this period, you will receive additional information as it is available. Online CE is available for license renewal. VPAR’s CE Shop is currently offering a 40% discount off all online CE with the promo code SUPPORT40 at checkout.

►The new member class 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.  To request any REALTOR® Store items or key boxes please call ahead to VPAR to arrange for pickup only.

We certainly hope that the risk posed by COVID-19 will pass in the near future. The decision your leadership team has made to temporarily change the way we are doing business is not taken lightly. The intent is 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®.

CALL FOR ACTION – ASSOCIATION HEALTHCARE !

About 7,000 Virginia REALTORS® go without health insurance each year because of the high costs. 

The Virginia General Assembly has passed two bills (HB 795 and SB 235) that enable us to move on to the next steps in our pursuit of association health plans. But first, we need Governor Northam to sign the bills into law.

Act Now and tell Governor Northam to support the opportunity for REALTORS® to get more affordable healthcare coverage. 

https://bit.ly/2TYIVsa

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