COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES
(Updates will be posted as they become available)
Q&A: REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS IN MAINE AND COVID-19: Click Here
STATE GUIDELINES FOR REAL ESTATE:
- Guidelines for Real Estate as an Essential Business – May 27, 2020: Click Here – Current through February 24, 2021
- Guidelines Chart – May 27, 2020: Click Here – Current through February 24, 2021
- COVID-19 Prevention – General Checklist to be followed by real estate offices: Click Here
GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS (Full List): Click Here
GOVERNOR’S ORDERS MOST PERTINENT TO REAL ESTATE:
- Executive Order 55: An Order to Further Implement the Restarting Plan: Click Here
- Executive Order 49 (April 29): An Order to Stay Safer at Home: Click Here
- Executive Order 37 (April 8): Temporarily Modifying Certain In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgment (Remote Notary): Click Here
- Executive Order 19A (April 7): Essential Business and Operations: Click Here
- Executive Order 34 (April 3): Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in Maine: Click Here
- Essential Business List (unless impacted by municipal order) (April 3): Click Here
- Executive Order 28 (March 31): Further Restrictions on Public Contact and Movement, Stay at Home: Click Here
- Executive Order 19 (March 24): Essential Business and Operations: Click Here
- Executive Order 14 (March 18): An Order to Protect Public Health: Click Here
GOVERNOR’S PLAN FOR RESTARTING THE ECONOMY: Click Here
Workplace Re-entry Resources (from NAR): Click Here
NAR Guidance for Fair Housing Compliance During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Click Here
NAR Coronavirus Advocacy FAQ’s: Click Here
Federal Stimulus Bill Summary (CARES Act): Click Here
Mortgage & Personal Finance FAQs: Click Here:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Self Employed & Independent Contractors (PUA): The Maine Department of Labor is taking applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. The program covers those who are self-employed, or otherwise ineligible for traditional state unemployment benefits. Click Here for more information.
Small Business Administration (PPP Loans & EIDL Grants) CARES Act FAQs: Click Here
Maine Loan Products for Small Businesses and Individuals: There are no-to-low interest rate loan programs available to eligible Maine businesses and individuals/employees who experience hardships due to COVID-19: Click Here
Maine Real Estate Commission: On April 16, the Maine Real Estate Commission approved a process for case-by-case deferment of the continuing education requirement for real estate license renewal (see below). MREC staff are working on-site and telephone calls and emails are being addressed. They are still receiving and processing regular mail. Access to the MREC offices are now restricted to employees only. To transact business, make inquiries, or file complaints with the MREC, please use online, email (email@example.com) or telephone services (207-624-8521).
- Click Here for MREC information.
- Click Here for a list of distance education providers (including the Core Courses) – scroll to page 4 and beyond
- Case-by-Case Deferment of CE Requirement: During the ongoing state of emergency resulting from COVID-19, real estate licensees can request a deferment of the continuing education requirement for renewal of a license due to circumstances related to the emergency. If a request is approved, the continuing education requirement will be deferred for 120 days after the COVID-19 related state of emergency is terminated, at which time you will receive further instructions. The deferment request form must be completed and submitted prior to submitting the license renewal application. The request will be evaluated, and you will receive notification with instructions for completing the renewal process. Continuing Education Deferment Request
Maine Registries of Deeds: Click Here
NAR Guidance for REALTORS®: Click Here
NAR Open House Guidance: Live in-person open houses are strongly discouraged in Maine.
Federal Legislation Regarding Medical and Sick Leave: The federal “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” enacted on March 18 expands family medical leave and paid sick leave for employers and self-employed individuals. Click Here for more information.
For Property Owners Facing Hardship: Guidance from FHA, FHFA, Fannie and Freddie, HUD, CFPB, the IRS, RD, student loan debt, VA: Click Here
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