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BREAKING: Governor’s Office Clarifies Essential Real Estate Services

President Jack Legal addresses members on clarification received from the Governor's Office

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Executive Summary

Association Updates

Hawai‘i REALTORS® twelve staff members are currently working remotely to support our members. We are available to assist you with your needs from Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the following methods: Phone: (808) 733-7060 or Email: har@hawaiirealtors.com

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State and County COVID-19 Resources

State Hawai‘i Island Kaua‘i Maui O‘ahu

Watch: Experts in Real Estate Discuss Opportunities and Innovation
Hawaii Business - August 5, 2020

 

Watch: Experts in Real Estate Discuss Hawai‘i's Economic Recovery
Hawaii Business - August 4, 2020 

 

Maui Broker Moana Andersen Named Hawaii REALTORS® REALTOR of the Year
Pacific Business News - August 4, 2020

 

Mortgage and Real Estate Trends to Watch for in the Rest of 2020
MarketWatch - July 28, 2020

 

How this Hawaii Company is Meeting the High Demand for 3D Virtual Property Tours
Pacific Business News - July 24, 2020

 

Residential Real Estate Largely Unscathed by COVID, Expert Says
Hawaii Business - July 21, 2020

 

Real Estate Reboot
Hawaii Business - July 20, 2020

 

Hawaii Industrial Real Estate Market Stable in Q2, CBRE Report Says 
Pacific Business News - July 15

 

COVID Impact Starting to Be Felt by Oahu Industrial Market, Colliers Reports
Pacific Business News - July 10

 

State warns of suspected mortgage scam
KHON2 - July 8

 

COVID-19 Impacts to O‘ahu's Commercial Real Estate Remain to Be Seen 
Hawaii Business - July 8

 

Congress Grants PPP Extension 
REALTOR® Magazine - July 1

 

State Requests Responses for Survey Gauging Effects of COVID on Commercial Real Estate
Pacific Business News - June 30 

 

SBA Issues New PPP Loan Guidance: What You Need to Know and FAQs
Forbes - June 25

 

REALTORS® Help Feed During Pandemic
The Garden Island - June 22

 

REALTORS® Donate to the Food Basket
West Hawaii Today - June 22

 

SBA Rolls Out Major Updates to PPP
REALTOR® Magazine - June 17 

 

From 'Concern to Desperation': City Adds $25M to Program Aimed at Helping Small Businesses
Hawaii News Now - June 16

 

SBA Opens Up New Grants and Loans For Small Businesses and Independent Contractors: The EIDL Program
June 15 - Forbes

 

Vacation Rental Owners, Managers Say They're Suffering from COVID-19 Changes
June 14 - KITV4

 

Honolulu Board of REALTORS CEO Suzanne Young and President Tricia Nekota Join the COIVD-19 Care Conversation
June 9 - Star Advertiser

 

With Tourism Halted, Hawaii's Housing Market Takes a Big Hit. Can It Bounce Back? 
June 3 - realtor.com

 

Hawaii Commercial Real Estate Investment to Drop by 50% in Post-COVID 2020, Colliers Says
May 29 - Pacific Business News

 

How to Buy a Home When You Can't See It in Person 
May 26 - Money

 

Honolulu REALTORS® Give $60k to Nonprofits for Rental Assistance
May 26 - Pacific Business News 

 

More First-Time Home Buyers Are Entering the Market
May 26 - REALTOR® Magazine 

 

Flush with Cash, Buyers Wait for Real Estate Sellers to Crack 
May 26 - Star Advertiser

 

John Harris of RE/MAX Honolulu, Hawai‘i Realtors, Dies at 49
May 20 - Pacific Business News 

 

Weekly Mortgage Applications Point to a Remarkable Recovery in Homebuying
May 20 - CNBC

 

Oahu Home Prices Rise in May Despite COVID Pressure on Sales, Locations Says
May 19 - Pacific Business News

 

New Study Explores How Coronavirus Has Impacted Buyers in the Real Estate Market
May 18 - Forbes

 

Will More Americans Buy a Home Because of the Coronavirus?
May 18 - Forbes

 

SBA Releases Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application: A Deep Dive
May 16 - Forbes 

 

5 Indicators to Watch in the Housing Market Recovery from the Coronavirus
May 15 - Forbes

 

State Prepares to Begin Unemployment Payments to Freelancers, Gig Workers
May 15 - Hawaii News Now

 

Kokua Line: PUA Processing Begins Friday; Next Up Is Upgrade for Extended Benefits
May 14 - Star Advertiser 

 

Problem-Solving Strategies for Property Managers
May 12 - REALTOR® Magazine

 

80% of Tenants Paid Rent in April 
May 12 - REALTOR® Magazine

 

Honolulu Offers Grants up to $10,000 to Small Businesses 
May 12 - Civil Beat

 

Special Council Meeting to Hear Bill to Create Luxury Home Class 
May 11 - West Hawaii Today 

 

SBA Disaster Loans Capped at $150k, Limited to Agriculture
May 8 - REALTOR® Magazine

 

Mortgage Rates Remain Near All-time Lows as the Housing Market Looks to Rebound
May 7 - Money 

 

Housing Market Stable on Kaua‘i
May 7 - The Garden Isle

 

Mayors Announce Financial Relief Programs
May - KHON2

 

Oahu Property Tax Payers Can Pay in Installments
May 7 - Star Advertiser

 

New Listings of Homes on Oahu Drop 42% in April Due to Covid Effect 
May 7 - Pacific Business News

 

White House Extends Safe Harbor for Returning PPP Funds
May 6 - REALTOR® Magazine

 

Turn Your Rent Renegotiation into an Honest Give-and-Take, Not a Tug of War
May 6 - Hawaii Business

 

Opinion: How the Coronavirus Pandemic Could Forever Change Home Buying and Mortgage Lending 
May 6 - MarketWatch

 

Oahu Home Sales post Double-Digit Covid Drops in April, Locations Says
May 5 - Pacific Business News

 

The Conversation: Real Estate Amid COVID-19
May 4 - Hawai‘i Public Radio

 

Mediation Program to Help Landlords, Tenants
May 3 - Hawaii Tribune-Herald

 

Kokua Line: Some Hawaii Gig Workers in Limbo; Need Denial to Get New Aid
May 3 - Star Advertiser

 

'Interesting' Time Ahead for Isle Real Estate
May 1 - Pacific Business News

 

Corporate Citizenship: Companies Giving Back
May 1 - Pacific Business News

 

SBA Stumbles with Second Round of Emergency Loans
April 28 - The Hill 

 

Hawai‘i REALTORS Donates $50,000 to Food Banks Throughout State
April 22 - Hawaii Tribune Herald

 

City and County of Honolulu extends stay-at-home order through May 31, reopens parks for exercise
April 21: Hawaii News Now

 

Senate Approves Extra Funding for SBA Loans
April 21

 

Hawai‘i REALTORS® forms New Charitable Foundation, Gives $50k to Isle Food Banks
April 17: Pacific Business News

 

Small-Business Aid Funds Run Dry as Program Fails to Reach Hardest Hit
April 15: New York Times

State Real Estate Practice

Governor's Office Clarifies Essential Real Estate Services

April 8 - President Jack Legal addresses members on clarification received from the Governor's Office.

State Emergency Proclamations

The moratorium on evictions was issued in the Fifth Emergency Proclamation.

COVID-19 Amendment/Addendum Form

In response to the circumstances that may affect transactions during this pandemic, the Hawai‘i REALTORS® Standard Forms Committee created this new form. The form was approved in a special meeting by the Board of Directors on March 27, 2020.

DCCA Landlord-Tenant FAQs

April 1 - State Provides Guidance for Homeowners and Renters
April 26 - Landlord Tenant FAQs (Updated to Address Eviction Moratorium)

Resources for Principal Brokers & Brokers-in-Charge

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As of April 1, businesses with less than 500 employees were required to comply with the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This general overview outlines the major areas for compliance.

Legal Kokua Program 

Our Legal Kokua program includes a hotline for Principal Brokers and Brokers-in-Charge seeking legal guidance. Call (808) 733-7060 and ask for Legal Kokua. This program also provides general legal guidance articles for members.

Recent Articles for Brokers: 
March 20 - Legal Kokua Guidance on Managing Your Business 

Professional Development

Real Estate Education:

Right Tools, Right Now

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, NAR revived its Right Tools, Right Now initiative, which was activated in 2009. This makes new and existing NAR products and services available for FREE or at a significant discount. Resources include webinars, education courses, digital tools, and more.

Professional Development Directory 

Browse to find learning and development opportunities from the NAR family of subsidiaries, affiliates, licensed providers, and state or local associations.

Resources:

NAR Library Archives

Members can sign in using their NRDS number and gain immediate access to ebooks and audiobooks.

Hawaii State Public Library

The Hawaii State Public Library system has expanded its free digital offerings including ebooks, Mango language learning, and Kanopy video services. Those without a library card can register for a temporary online card.

Webinars

Miss registering or attending one of our webinars? Go to our webinar archive for recordings.

Finance

CARES Act for REALTORS®

Not sure which Small Business Administration (SBA) loan is right for you? Refer to the following infographic to see how they Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan compares to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  For more details on how to apply, click here

Hear from REALTORS® on how they successfully secured EIDL or PPP loans in the first round of funding:

Already received PPP assistance and not sure about the forgiveness portion?

Check out this infographic on the basics of PPP Forgiveness. Additionally, the SBA has a FAQ for Lenders and Borrowers regarding PPP forgiveness that is updated regularly.

The new PPP Loan deadline is August 8, 2020. (Extended from June 30, 2020).

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) 

The Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) is currently processing applications for PUA. They have also started to process pre-applications that were submitted before they had the processing capabilities. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals are eligible to receive unemployment benefits from the PUA program under the CARES Act because they are excluded from traditional unemployment insurance (UI) coverage.

Current information on PUA processing can be found in this update from the Star Advertiser's Kokua Line on May 14.

To submit or check on the status of an application, visit pua.hawaii.gov.

*On May, 3 the Star Advertiser Kokua Line reported that "...individuals whose sole income is through self-employed activities can file for PUA without first being denied for UI. However, individuals who have income from other employment, like being an employee of an employer that took taxes out of your paycheck, must file for regular UI and must be found ineligible for regular UI first, before filing for PUA. Anyone who earned more than about $120 in calendar year 2019 from an employer (or employers) that took taxes out of their paycheck must first apply for regular unemployment insurance..."

Important Note: The information you submit will be validated with Hawai‘i tax records. Any mismatch in data may delay application processing.

Health & Safety

COVID-19 Health Information

For updates on the disease and information on how to stay safe, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health.

Disinfecting Information and Guidelines

Guidance on How to Disinfect a Home 

EPA List of Disinfectants Effective Against COVID-19