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Gov. Abbott declares real estate is essential statewide
Member updates from Texas REALTORS®
 
 
Today, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order setting a statewide standard for essential services that may continue to be provided, including residential and commercial real estate. Read Gov. Abbott’s order that utilizes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines for identifying essential services, which includes real estate highlighted on Page 13. Here are some key points:
  • Supersedes existing local orders only where those local orders may have previously restricted essential services or where they were more permissive on gatherings
  • Even for essential services, telework or online work should be used as much as possible, limiting in-person contact (following CDC guidelines) unless absolutely necessary
This is a positive step for Texas REALTORS®, as real estate professionals statewide may continue to serve clients while demonstrating care for the health and well-being of the greater public welfare.

Texas REALTORS® has published guidelines and a new form, Model COVID-19 Certification for Property Access, to help brokerages navigate through the rapidly evolving circumstances associated with COVID-19. When determining how to address new issues, the association encourages brokers to identify solutions that will best serve clients while also demonstrating care for the health and well-being of clients, agents, and the greater public welfare in reducing risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19. Access the resources
Texas REALTORS has created the COVID-19 Lease Payment Plan Agreement (TXR 2227). This form is intended to be used with tenants who are facing financial difficulties directly linked to COVID-19. This form enables the tenant and landlord temporary flexibility for paying rent and other sums. Download the form
Property Management: Fliers for Tenants and Landlords About COVID-19 Issues
To help your tenants and landlords understand how COVID-19 affects their leases and rental properties, Texas REALTORS has developed two fliers: one to share with your tenants and one to share with your landlords.

As part of its continued efforts to assist members during the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas REALTORS®️ has created the Commercial COVID-19 Addendum (TXR-1952). The Commercial COVID-19 Addendum provides for a 30-day extension of the closing date in a commercial sales contract if the closing cannot occur due to a voluntary or mandatory COVID19 quarantine or closure. NAR has also published resources for commercial members. Download the form
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds business owners that for many property types, April 15 is the deadline to file property tax renditions with their county appraisal districts. Different deadlines apply for certain regulated property. Business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may request, in writing to the chief appraiser, an extension of the deadline to May 15. Read more
 
 
 
 
 
 
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