COVID-19

This information is current and accurate as of 5:30 pm on May 29, 2020.

In response to the growing concern regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the latest update from Governor John Carney, the Sussex County Association of REALTORS® has changed the way we do business. We are still working on your behalf and we know you have a lot of questions. We are providing the following guidance to help you respond to the coronavirus impact on the real estate industry. The information that follows is considered to be a living document and will be updated as needed since the situation is rapidly changing.

Information from SCAOR

Staff Availability

Our staff will continue to be available to assist you with any questions or concerns you have during our normal business hours. All classes and events have been postponed. If you need to come to the building, please make an appointment by calling or emailing a staff member. For our contact information, click here.

Membership Outreach

Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty. We will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Online Education

Because of the CDC recommendation and the state of emergency in Delaware, all on-site classes have been postponed through May 15, 2020. You can take courses online through the CE shop. Use code: support40 for 40% off. Follow this link.

License Renewal

You still need to renew your license by the deadline of April 30, 2020. When submitting your on-line renewal, you will be prompted to state if you have been unable to complete your required continuing education due to the Governor’s declared state of emergency. If you do not have all of your CE requirements fulfilled, you will have 60 days after the state of emergency has been lifted to complete your requirements. For DE Div. of Professional Regulation contact information and more on this topic, click here.

Bright MLS

For information from Bright MLS regarding COVID-19 Resources, please click here.

Short Term Rental Guidelines

Please see these Suggested Best Practices developed by the SCAOR Rental Affairs Committee and the Short Term Rental Task Force.

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Information from State of Delaware

Road to Economic Recovery

Details regarding the planning for economic recovery can be found here.

D0L Guidance for Independent Contractors & Self-employed Seeking Unemployment under CARES Act

The Delaware Department of Labor released guidance for independent contractors and self-employed seeking unemployment under the CARES Act. To read more about it, click here.

#ShopLocalDE

The State has put together a map of the businesses that are open, whether fully or just for takeout, as we respond to Coronavirus. To see those businesses,click here.

Guidance for Face Coverings from DPH

The Delaware Division of Public Health has issued this guidance recommending wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). For more information, click here.

Real Estate Agents and Brokers Non-Essential

Your offices should remain closed. You can work from home. You can do showings but not open houses. DAR has released guidance for safe practices for real estate agents in Delaware during this time. For the complete list of safe practices, which has been approved by the State, click here.

New Foreclosure and Eviction Rules

The sixth modification to the State of Emergency was issued on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and goes into effect on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 8:00 am. It suspends residential foreclosures and evictions and prohibits landlords from charging late fees or interest during the State of Emergency. Additionally, it prevents residential utility service companies from terminating service or charging late fees accrued during the State of Emergency.

Delaware COVID-19 Updates

This webpage is updated daily and contains information on all things related to COVID-19 in the state of Delaware.

Stay at Home Order

This order was issued on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 5:00pm and goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 8:00 am. It will remain in effect until May 15th or until the public health threat is eliminated.

State of Emergency

For the fifth modification to the State of Emergency declaration in its entirety, click here. For the sixth modification to the State of Emergency declaration in its entirety, click here. The seventh modification to the State of Emergency declaration states that all out-of-state travelers into Delaware must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days to fight the spread of COVID-19. To see this modification in it’s entirety, click here.

10th Modification Banning All Short Term Rentals

11th Modification Allows Notary by Video

This order was issued on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 and allows Delaware attorneys to notarize real estate documents by video. It will remain in effect until May 15th or until the public health threat is eliminated. To read the modification in it’s entirety click here.

List of Essential/Non-Essential Businesses

To see a list of what is considered essential and non-essential, click here. For questions on non-essential business closure in Delaware, contact the Division of Small Business at COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov or call 302-577-8477 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm during the week.

Information from Delaware Association of REALTORS®

Advisory Guidance to Safe Practices for Real Estate Agents in Delaware (REVISED 5.5.20)

This guide has been reviewed by the State Division of Small Business which has the authority to issue clarifications of the Declaration of Emergency and was recently revised as we plan for economic recovery. Click here for the guide.

Rental Guide to Safe Practices for Real Estate Agents in Delaware (REVISED 5.5.20)

This guide has been reviewed by the Division of Small Business which has the authority to issue clarifications of the Declaration of Emergency. Click here for the guide.

Advisory Guidance for Safe Practices for Property Management Office and Rental Agents for Residential Landlord Tenant Rentals (REVISED 5.21.20)

This guide has been reviewed by the Division of Small Business which has the authority to issue clarifications of the Declaration of Emergency. Click here for the guide.

COVID-19 Addendum to Listing

This form can be used for sellers to choose to continue showings and access to the property for potential buyers, agents, inspectors, appraisers etc. OR to have the status changed to Temporarily Off the Market for a certain number of days, at which time the listing will then become Active. If you have already had this discussion with sellers, and they are comfortable with your discussion, then you do not need to present them with this form. If you need to have this discussion with your sellers, then this form may help. This is for properties not yet under contract.

Click here for the form.

COVID-19 Addendum to Agreement of Sale

This can be used for existing Agreements or those just being negotiated. This addendum provides if there is a COVID-19 Related Delay, then the party experiencing the delay can notify the other party with a brief explanation of the delay. This will then activate a delay in all time deadlines that have not yet passed for up to 30 days. The parties will continue to work in good faith toward settlement. If the mortgage doesn’t fund due to COVID-19 reasons, then the buyer may cancel and receive a refund of deposit money. If the delay extends beyond the 30 days, then either party may terminate with deposit money refunded to the buyer. If the parties are willing to consider a longer extension than 30 days, you can hand-write a different time period and have the parties initial. Click here for the form. .

COVID-19 Certification for Property Showings/Visits

This form should be utilized as communication between both parties stating they are aware of the risk of COVID-19 and will assess if they wish to continue with showings and the current timeframe knowing the risk. Click here for the form.

Questions Regarding Forms or Anything COVID-19 Related

If you have questions regarding these forms or anything related to these issues, you can contact DAR directly by calling 302-734-4444 or emailing info@delawarerealtor.com

Information from the National Association of REALTORS®

NAR Official COVID-19 Page

Coronavirus Guidance for REALTORS®

Coronavirus Guidance for Employers

SBA CARES Act FAQ's

The SBA funds are being replenished. For more information about this click here.

Sussex County Association of Realtors

Phone: 302-855-2300 | Fax: 302-855-2319

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