COVID-19 Information Center
Up-to-date information for our members regarding COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus.
*Information was updated as of April 2, 2020
We're here for you during COVID-19. Bookmark this page and check back as often as needed for the latest information related to how COVID-19 is affecting the real estate industry. We'll be curating information and updating this page often to make sure you always have access to the most current real estate news during this pandemic. As always, we appreciate your membership.
Find an updated, comprehensive list of suspended, impacted, and available City of Phoenix services here.
FAQ: Conducting Business in the Real Estate Industry during COVID-19
Provided by Arizona REALTORS® - For any further questions, you may contact the Legal Hotline at 1-800-533-9294.
VIDEO: Phoenix REALTORS® President Talks with Maricopa County Recorder
Phoenix REALTORS® 2020 President Sam Miller talks with Adrian Fontes, Maricopa County Recorder, about changes to the office's operations and your transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shelter-in-Place Guidance During COVID-19: Social Distancing Guidelines Extended to April 30
Read how the shelter-in-place order affects real estate business
VIDEO: Wondering how COVID-19 could affect the housing market?
Check out this economic and real estate market outlook for the local Phoenix area amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, provided by Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research for NAR.
Webinar Series: Arizona Business Resources
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is hosting the first webinar in a five-part series designed to help Arizona business owners navigate the financial, operational and technical impacts of COVID-19. The session will be from 9 - 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1 and will feature banking, real estate and labor law experts.
FREE Online CE Classes for Phoenix REALTORS® Members
During this time when so many are working from home, Phoenix REALTORS wants to remind its members that you get online CE classes FREE! Go to https://www.desertsageseminars.com/Products. Select your classes and use your MLS ID as a discount code when you check out to get them FREE. Keep safe while keeping up with your credits. See step-by-step instructions on our calendar page.
Real Estate News Related to COVID-19
- President Trump has signed the historic $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law
- NAR Wins Major Provisions for REALTORS®
The U.S. Senate passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package with overwhelming bipartisan support.
- Arizona REALTORS® Coronavirus/Covid-19 Addendum Released
- Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay.
- Fannie Mae Single-Family Sellers - Temporary Appraisal Requirement Flexibilities & More
- Mortgage Help For Homeowners Impacted By The Coronavirus
There are hardship programs in place to help homeowners who have been directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus and are struggling to make their mortgage payments.
From Gov. Doug Ducey's Office
- New Order Allows Certain Prescription Refills Without Having To See A Doctor
- Governor Ducey Requests Major Disaster Declaration for Additional Support in COVID-19 Response
- Executive Order: “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected”
- Governor Ducey's One-Stop Resource for COVID-19 News
- Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order Detailing “Essential Services,” INCLUDING real estate services
- Governor Ducey's Latest Executive Order on Eviction Postponements
The governor’s Executive Order postpones evictions if the tenant is, or lives with, someone diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, demonstrates a health condition deemed by the CDC as one that increases the risk of contracting COVID-19, or has experienced job or income loss due to COVID-19.
From National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
- NAR Is Providing 2 Months of TeleHealth Access to Members
In response to the current health crisis, NAR is funding 2-months of access to Members TeleHealth at no cost to our members, via the Right Tools, Right Now program. Members TeleHealth provides access to a network of more than 2,300 board-certified physicians, who can address non-emergency medical issues via smartphone, tablet or computer.
- VIDEO: Special Message from NAR President Vince Malta
- NAR Coronavirus Advocacy FAQ
A number of Q&As to address the ongoing fixes being proposed and implemented in response to the pandemic.
- Coronavirus Legislation: What REALTORS® Need to Know Read about FMLA and paid sick leave expansion as it relates to REALTORS®, Brokers, and REALTOR® Associations.
- Coronavirus: Resources for Property Owners
The following resources provide property owners with assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Housing Department Impacted Services Update
Until further notice, Phoenix Housing has implemented several precautions to protect its residents, including suspension of all non-essential unit inspections and more.
- Families First Response Act: NAR Member Impact Summary
Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) with broad bipartisan support (read summary). This NAR Member Impact Summary outlines major provisions affecting REALTORS®, Brokers, and Real Estate Associations.
- The Right Tools, Right Now Initiative
Activated once before in 2009, the initiative makes new and existing NAR products and services available for FREE or at significant discounts – right now – and is available to REALTORS®.
- Open House Guidance During COVID-19
FAQ provided by NAR on holding open houses during the pandemic.
The Department (ADRE) is directing individual licensees that are due to expire at the end of the month to search the ADRE Public Database for available online Continuing Education (CE) Courses. The Department is not waiving continuing education hours for license renewals, nor extending expiration dates. Nearly 99 percent of license renewals are submitted online. More information can be found on the Arizona Department of Real Estate portal: http://www.re.state.az.us/OnlineServices.aspx
Arizona REALTORS® Broker/Manager Memo on COVID-19 Contractual Provisions
Arizona REALTORS® has prepared contractual language that parties may wish to insert into an Addendum or in the Additional Terms section of the Purchase Contract.
Local and National News Related to COVID-19
Coronavirus and Real ID: What to do if your AZ driver's license is about to expire
President Donald Trump has postponed the Oct. 1 deadline for upgrading to the identification you'll eventually need to board a plane.
Attorney General Brnovich and Senator Sinema Issue Warning Regarding New COVID-19 Senior Scams
Both offices have reported an increase in communications from concerned Arizonans.
Downtown Phoenix Buildings Transition to “By Appointment Only”
As of March 23, public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings is by appointment only:
- Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.
- Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.
- Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave.
IRS: Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020
Individuals: Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. IRS will automatically provide this relief to taxpayers. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this relief. Corporations: For C Corporations, income tax payment deadlines are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $10 million of their 2019 tax due.
Phoenix, other Arizona cities declare emergencies, closing bars and restaurants in fight against coronavirus
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced the city was declaring a state of emergency, forcing the closure of bars and moving restaurants to takeout, delivery and drive-thru only.
Phoenix delays voting on reopening bars, restaurants
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego declared a state of emergency in the fifth-largest city in the country and ordered all bars to close and all restaurants to stop dine-in service.
Utilities, phone companies change policies to help customers amid coronavirus spread
Utilities, such as Arizona Public Service (APS) and Salt River Project (SRP) are temporarily suspending electric disconnections during the pandemic. Other companies that pledged to extend services include Southwest Gas, T-Mobile, Cox, CenturyLink, and Phoenix Water Service Department. Read more about the companies’ service and late-fee policies here.
Messages to Members from Phoenix REALTORS®
COVID-19 Relief Package Benefits for REALTORS®, Other Important Updates
VIDEO: Message from 2020 President Sam Miller
Phoenix REALTORS® CEO's Message Regarding COVID-19
We're Here to Help! Phoenix REALTORS® Services are Available by Phone and Email
Governor Declares Real Estate Essential Service, Other Important COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Addendum Released, Other Important Updates
Check Facebook Posts Here
National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) COVID-19 Guide for REALTORS®
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Maricopa County Public Health
Arizona Department of Health Services
NAR Guide for Associations
NAR Guide for REALTORS®