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This page is to provide resources for our subscribers. Information is changing daily; we will strive to keep this page current as it relates to your business. The following information may be sourced from REALTOR® organizations, but the information is applicable to all real estate professionals, regardless of REALTOR® affiliation.
Be well. Stay distanced. We’re here for you.
03/31/2020: COLORADO SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE IMPLEMENTS REMOTE NOTARIZATION
After working closely with the Governor’s office, stakeholders, and the legal community, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office has implemented a remote notarization process.
“We are committed to maintaining important services for Coloradans during this national health crisis,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “Remote notarization will enable Coloradans and businesses continued access to notary services while observing the social distancing guidelines that keep us all safe.”
Governor Polis issued an Executive Order today, which states in part: “Pursuant to the authority vested in the Governor of the State of Colorado and, in particular, pursuant to Article IV, Section 2 of the Colorado Constitution and the relevant portions of the Colorado Disaster Emergency Act, C.R.S. § 24-33.5-701 et seq. (Act), I, Jared Polis, Governor of the State of Colorado, hereby issue this Executive Order ordering the temporary suspension of the personal appearance requirement before notarial officers to perform notarizations due to the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado.”
Secretary Griswold issued emergency rules on Monday, March 30, setting forth the procedures and requirements for remote notarization in Colorado during this state of emergency. These rules address implementation of the remote notarization process while including protections against identity theft and fraud.
For the Notice of Temporary Adoption for the Colorado Notary Program Rules (8 CCR 1505-11), please click here. The notice includes the adopted rules, a statement of basis, and statement of justification. For an unofficial copy of the notary rules as adopted and effective 3/30/2020, please click here. If you have any questions concerning these rules please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit www.sos.state.co.us.
03/26/2020 12:20pm: Real Estate Agents Considered Essential in Colorado
Please see the CAR communication on the Colorado Stay-at-Home Order, which was updated to include real estate services. NOTE: This revision does not reflect “business as usual” for real estate in Colorado.
Colorado state-wide stay-at-home order Issued:
Effective 6:00am Thursday March 26, 2020 through Saturday April 11, 2020.
Larimer County stay-at-home order Issued:
Effective 5:00pm Thursday March 26, 2020 through Friday April 17, 2020.
FIRST AND FOREMOST: Please speak with your managing broker for office guidelines and policies related to COVID-19.
The following information may be sourced from REALTOR® organizations, but the information is applicable to all real estate professionals, regardless of REALTOR® affiliation.
National Association of REALTORS® Resources:
Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS® This page is available for all real estate professionals, not just REALTORS®.
- General Guidance During COVID-19
- Open House Guidance During COVID-19
- Transaction Guidance During COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the real estate industry. Everything, from brokerage operations to how listings are being marketed and the ability to close transactions, is requiring REALTORS® to adapt to these extraordinary circumstances. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) understands that these unprecedented circumstances are impacting our members’ ability to conduct their businesses. Our members’ success and ability to navigate these uncertain times are paramount to NAR, and we are providing this guidance to help address some of the common transactional issues we are hearing about.
This guidance will be continually updated based on current directives from the WHO, the CDC and the White House, and we encourage all members to stay informed by regularly visiting the CDC’s website(link is external), and to comply with local and state government orders regarding coronavirus-related restrictions.
As always, we are here to support you and see you through this crisis. Thank you for your membership, and we are stronger together!
Colorado Association of REALTORS® Resources:
Colorado REALTOR® COVID-19 Information Portal This page is available for all real estate professionals, not just REALTORS®.
Emergency Covid-19 Contract Addendum This form is currently available on the start screen of IRESis.com; we’re working quickly to get it incorporated into our contracts module, as well.
CAR has worked with the Colorado Bar Association in the creation of an approved addendum to the Commission-approved Contract to Buy and Sell Real Estate to address the practical implications of Covid-19. The addendum addresses real estate transactions that are impacted and/or delayed by shutdowns of title offices, government agencies, lenders and/or appraisers; and real estate transactions that are impacted and/or delayed by mandatory or voluntary quarantines.
Small Business Resources:
Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Governor Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s application for federal disaster area designation has been approved.
To learn more about the application process, please visit the SBA website. If you need support in navigating the application process, please visit the Colorado Small Business Development Center COVID-19 website. We also have a hotline for small business owners to call with questions about how to apply: (303) 860-5881.
CO HELP: COVID-19 Hotline
For answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more:
- Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911
• Email COHELP@RMPDC.org
If you have symptoms and think you have been exposed, call a health care provider.
Sources for Public Health Information
- State public health web page: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus
• Facebook (facebook.com/CDPHE) and Twitter (@CDPHE)
• CDC web page https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/
To review the facts, please see the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Fact Sheet.
For public health management:
- The Center for Disease Control has established exposure risk categories to help guide public health management of people following potential exposure to COVID-19.
• CDPHE has resources for local public health agencies and health care providers
State of Colorado Resources:
The Division of Real Estate has received numerous inquiries from real estate brokers and homeowners concerning the showing of homes and conducting open houses at this time while COVID-19 is spreading. We have seen state-wide Public Health Order 20-23 limiting mass gatherings to no more than ten (10) people, Executive Order D 2020 013 mandating the reduction of in-person work requirements by at least 50 percent for non-essential businesses, and “Stay-at-Home” orders in Denver, Boulder, and other counties further limiting the ability of parties, including notaries, to appear in person for closings.
There are many resources available for you and your clients to consider before showing a home, and prior to having a conversation about conducting an open house at this time.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the State Emergency Operation Center (EOC) have issued public health orders for social distancing and recommendations for businesses.
- National Association of Realtors® (NAR), has developed a Q&A concerning this issue.
- The City of Denver has issued a “Stay-at-Home” Order effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, until April 10, 2020, unless extended.
- The City of Boulder has issued a “Stay-at-Home” Order effective March 24, 2020, until April 10, 2020, unless extended.
- Pitkin County Public Health has issued a “Stay-at-Home” Order that includes all cities and towns within the county, effective March 23, 2020, until April 17, 2020, unless extended.
Many other Colorado cities and counties may be considering placing similar restrictions on businesses and residents in the near future.
Real estate professionals and homeowners should follow any emergency rules or orders in effect for the county and city where they are contemplating holding an open house. Real estate brokers have an obligation to exercise reasonable skill and care and should adhere to best practices to protect the general public, their clients, and themselves during this time of uncertainty