The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the entire world including the real estate industry. REALTORS® are required to adapt to these extraordinary circumstances. CAAR’s members’ success and ability to navigate these uncertain times are of critical import to CAAR, and we are providing resource links to help members get through the COVID-19 season.
“These are trying times. I'm encouraged by REALTORS® who have stepped up with courage and conviction to handle this challenge and conduct yourselves in a professional AND safe manner. We are most fortunate that we as REALTORS® have been allowed to continue conducting business during this pandemic. Remember, it could be otherwise. If we, as CAAR members, fail to police ourselves and demonstrate to Governor Northam that we are taking COVID-19 guidelines seriously, he may exercise his power to cease all real estate activity entirely.
Act Smart, Stay Safe, Be Well.”
- Tom Woolfolk 2020 CAAR President
COVID-19 in Virginia Map and case count UPDATED DAILY at 10AM
COVIDWISE Exposure Notification App to Help Contain COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of COVIDWISE, an innovative exposure notification app that will alert users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Virginia is the first state in the country to design a COVID-19 app using Bluetooth Low Energy technology developed by Apple and Google, which does not rely on personal information or location data. Users opt-in to download and utilize the free app. Learn more.
Phase Three Guidelines to Lift Additional Public Health Restrictions
Rent and Mortgage Relief Program to Assist Virginians Facing Eviction or Foreclosure
The Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which will provide $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for households facing eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19. RMRP will provide short-term financial assistance on behalf of households in the form of rent and mortgage payments. Learn more.
Phase Three Guidelines to Lift Additional Public Health Restrictions
The third phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan, which is schedule for July 1st, will continue to ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Learn more.
CVS to Offer Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing at Albemarle Location
The CVS at 1700 Seminole Trail, near the intersection with Rio Road, will offer self-swab tests for people meeting state criteria and CDC guidelines. Patients will stay in the cars and use the drive-thru window to get their test kit and instructions. A CVS staff member will watch the swab process, collect the sample, and send it to an independent third-party lab for analysis. Results are expected in approximately three days. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment.
Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations
Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-Three, requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (starting Friday, May 29, 2020). The Governor also directed the Department of Labor and Industry to develop emergency temporary standards to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19. Learn more.
Commonwealth Deploys Artificial Intelligence-Powered Online Tool to Help Virginians Self-Screen for COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginians can now use COVIDCheck, a new online risk-assessment tool to check their symptoms and connect with the appropriate health care resource, including COVID-19 testing. Learn more.
Governor Northam Launches COVID-19 Housing Issues Website
Governor Northam announced that his administration has launched a website of resources, "Stay Home Virginia," in partnership with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The website is a consolidation of many useful tools, helpful information, and resources for renters, homeowners, landlords, and those experiencing homelessness. Summaries of both the federal and state protections are also outlined. Learn more.
Education Work Group to Help Guide Process for Safe, Equitable Reopening of Schools
Governor Ralph Northam announced a diverse set of education stakeholders participating in the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Education Work Group to help chart a path forward for determining how schools can safely reopen later this year. Learn more.
Your Local Public Health Agency is Working for You
The Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) is our community’s local public health agency and works closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). TJHD has opened a hotline at (434) 972-6261 to answer questions from the public regarding COVID-19. At this time, that number is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The public can leave messages that will be returned as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.
Common Websites to Visit Often
Virginia Department of Health-Thomas Jefferson Health District
Thomas Jefferson Health District COVID-19 Hotline:
434-972-6261 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday
Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Myth-Busters
CAAR is developing tools for members success during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
CAAR's Position on Holding Open Houses
Based on Virginia REALTORS® (VAR) guidance regarding Phase 2 of the Forward Virginia plan (starting Fri., June 5th) from Governor Northam, CAAR "strongly advises members against holding open houses due to the risk and difficultly in complying with all of the requirements of the Executive Orders."
Members are encouraged to use Homesnap to conduct virtual house tours. Learn more.
May General Membership Meeting - Be the Resource with Leigh Brown Recording
83 Pints of Blood Donated - Thank You!
Members from both CAAR and the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA) came together to support their local community though two blood drives. As a result, we were able to donate 83 pints of blood. A BIG thank you to those members! Your donation potentially saved up to three lives! If you would like to donate, please find a blood bank using the American Red Cross website.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Virginia's Housing Market: Conditions & Outlook with Dr. Lisa Sturtevant Recording - in the YouTube description, you can download Dr. Sturtevant's PDF slideshow.
CAAR REALTOR® Online Store - Now Offering Curbside Pick-Up!
We are now offering curbside pick-up by you or a designated representative on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - Noon and Fridays from 9 - 11 a.m. Please note items must be ordered online only - the CAAR office is not open to browse and shop. See below for how to purchase and stay in compliance with social distancing requirements.
How to Search, Order Online & Pick-Up:
- Use the Product Categories drop down to filter your search for specific item by Category or type a keyword in search box, (ex: mask or shoe).
You cannot use both search types at once. (let page load)
- Use page numbers, along bottom of screen, to browse all store products. Item will say if it is sold out.
- Select items to add to cart, view cart, update quantity as needed, and pay.
- Limit of (2) lockboxes per person/office.
- Limit of (1) 5-pack face mask per person.
Once paid, an email will be automatically sent to staff to prepare your order to be ready for curbside pick- up on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - Noon and Fridays from 9 - 11 a.m.
Knock on door when you arrive to pickup and you will be greeted at the door with your item(s).
Coronavirus Guidance for REALTORS®
The Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan program
"Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or CARES Act
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
CRS Webinar link for SBA Loan Guidance
Filing for Unemployment During COVID-19
Yes, REALTORS® are eligible for unemployment insurance as part of the CARES Act. The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) has instructions for applying for benefits as a self-employed individual or independent contractor. The first step is to apply for unemployment insurance using the traditional unemployment insurance application. Learn more.
Weekly Member Flash Survey
Virginia REALTORS® conducts a weekly flash survey asking members if and how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted home buyer and seller interest and behavior. An email with the survey link will be sent to you every Friday morning from Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, VAR Chief Economist. The survey link will also be posted to the CAAR Facebook group (members-only) and on the Paragon homepage. You have until Sunday evening to complete the survey. Results of the survey will be posted to Virginia REALTORS®' "Economic Updates" blog."
Facebook Live Events
VAR is continuing to go LIVE on Facebook twice each week. Join them for these events where you can receive the latest information and have a chance to ask questions. Like the Virginia REALTORS® Facebook page and save their LIVE events in your calendar.
• Facebook Live with General Counsel Laura Farley, Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.
• Virginia Housing and Economics: COVID-19 and the Housing Market with Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, Chief Economist, Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Virginia Association of REALTORS® Coronavirus resources
Virginia Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist Dr. Lisa Sturtevant Housing Market Analysis
National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist, Dr. Robert Dietz’s COVID-19 Forecast
Members TeleHealth Reopening Calls for Caution Navigating the Economy & Housing Market Through COVID-19 Buying & Selling a Home in this Pandemic Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS - showings guidelines, etc. On Common Ground: Reinventing How Communities Work
Coronavirus Resource Page
NAR COVID-19 Resources Webinar
As Forbearance Requests Rise, NAR Dispels Myths
NAR COVID-19 Resources for Property Owners
NAR Guidance for Commercial Real Estate C2EX Webinars Virginia Department of Health Press Releases
City of Charlottesville
Sentara Martha Jefferson
University of Virginia
Dept. of Professional & Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Temporary Waiver of Regulations to Extend Validity of Expired Licenses, Certifications and Other Authorizations
Temporary Waiver of Regulations that Prohibit or Limit Online, Electronic, or Distance Theoretical Instruction