Thursday, March 26, 2020
SVVAR continues to be committed to helping our members through this difficult time. Below are the answers to many questions you have been asking.
The Sedona Verde Valley Association of REALTORS® office is limiting office hours due to COVID-19 to practice social distancing.
We check voicemail at least every hour from 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday.
If you would like to drop off keyboxes, there is a box outside the association office. The Keybox serial numbers will identify you and they will be removed from your record and deleted from your invoice.
SVVAR is still offering all the same support as usual. Whether you have an MLS issue, a membership change, need a keybox, want to pay your MLS fees or need help with your eKEY, etc., feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the appropriate person will get back with you quickly.
We will conduct New Member Orientations via phone and email. New Members will be sent a detailed email with login instructions and helpful links to the New Member Page, SVVAR.com, and the MLS.
All Sedona Verde Valley Association of REALTORS® in-person classes and events are canceled until further notice.
Tour of Homes is canceled until further notice.
The Open House feature within our MLS is available for in-person and virtual Open Houses. If you decide to hold an open house, it is essential that Open Houses adhere to CDC recommendations for safe social distancing. Please see the following on how to hold a Virtual Open House, remembering that our Tour of Homes is currently turned off.
We are also keeping a running list of resources to help keep our REALTOR® community running as effortlessly as possible. NAR and AAR are also sending out important and timely updates as additional information is received.
For additional information on COVID-19, please review :Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, NAR's Guidance for REALTORS®, And the World Health Organization's Website
Sedona Verde Valley Association of REALTORS® 2020 President
Monday, March 16, 2020
Important Message Regarding COVID-19
In response to the growing public health concern regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Sedona Verde Valley Association of REALTORS® leadership is keeping a close eye on developments that may affect our members and community.
Presently, our association office remains open to serve you, Monday—Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and our staff has already developed a Business Continuity Plan to remain operational remotely if the need arises based on these unprecedented circumstances.
The Senior Center in Cottonwood is closed and since there are large gathering limits in the state of Arizona, we WILL NOT be continuing with scheduled events. The Board of Directors meeting and MLS Committee meeting scheduled for this week have been cancelled.
Scheduled Weekly MLS Tours have also been cancelled. NAR advises that you 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, limiting the amount of people in the home and providing 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.
· Committee meetings. Your staff liaison will provide information regarding any scheduled virtual meetings, as available.
· New member and eKEY appointments. All new-member appointments and eKEY assignments will be conducted over the phone.
· REALTOR® Store and lockbox sales. Since we cannot sell signs or lockboxes virtually, we request that whenever possible you please call ahead and we will prepare your order for you.
If your license renews soon and you need hours, online CE is available for license renewal. SVVAR's CE Shop is currently offering a 40% discount off all online CE with the promo code SUPPORT40 at checkout.
We certainly hope that the risk posed by COVID-19 will pass in the near future. This decision is intended to ensure we do not inadvertently expose our members, volunteers, and employees, nor contribute to the spread of the virus in our community.
All of us should take proactive actions to help prevent the spread of illnesses, including coronavirus and the seasonal flu, including these precautions in your daily interactions:
· Staying home if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other cold or flu-like symptom.
· Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
· Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick.
· Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
· Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
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®.
Debbie Smith, 2020 President
Sedona Verde Valley Association of REALTORS®
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