NABORNews June 2, 2020
President's Message

As a REALTOR®, I can’t help but feel optimistic, yet guarded about conducting business in the future. It is hard to replace that face-to-face interaction in the course of helping customers. However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, I am finding a silver lining. Like all of you who have transitioned to a work from home environment, it has been the nudge that some of us needed to start embracing the full capabilities of technology. This situation has prompted NABOR® to offer more online classes that teach REALTORS® how they can adapt to our new working environments and adjust to getting back to business. Preparation is important as we transition into using new technologies. A few months ago, who thought ZOOMING would become essential? Or virtual showings? Or eSign? 
Despite the day-to-day-changes, NABOR® has not wavered on delivering consistent excellence every step of the way. Since safety and security is our highest priority, we have established new safety measures to protect you and staff as you return to the Board to conduct essential business. I am so proud that members are finding safe ways to serve the needs of home buyers and sellers as we all adjust to this new normal. Thank you for all your efforts now and what we know we will see in the weeks and months ahead. You have demonstrated support for one another, your customers, and your community.
I am not alone in being grateful for the charitable work NABOR® has quietly done. I’ve received emails from first responders and health care professionals who received meals funded by the Board. The organizations who received the hundreds of crates of corn we helped deliver are grateful to NABOR® for helping them feed many families. The students will be pleased and grateful as well for the the school supplies NABOR® provided to them.
The work real estate professionals are doing is essential to families throughout the Naples area who need our help with their real estate transactions so we all need to adapt. During this overwhelming and difficult time, you have stayed true to who we R. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. I know we will get through this challenging time - together. 

LAUREN MELO, President
Based on direction from the Collier County Board of County Commissioners at its meeting on May 26, 2020, Collier County submitted an amended Vacation Rental Safety Plan for Collier County to the Department of Professional Regulation (DBPR) for approval. We are pleased to announce that the revised plan has been approved. 
The amended plan removes the restriction that reservations and stays will be allowed for Florida residents only. The revised plan allows renters from all US states except guests from areas identified by the Governor as high risk, through Executive Orders (currently EO 20-82 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and EO 20-86 Louisiana.) International visitors are prohibited. View the amended plan in the link below.

REALTOR® members are cautioned to use an abundance of care in renting and listing vacation rental units at this time to protect themselves and their customers against vacation rental violations, and are reminded to check with their Broker for office policy pertaining to vacation rentals. Please read the Collier County Short-Term Vacation Rental Safety Plan.
Last week, Florida REALTORS® submitted a comprehensive COVID-19 Live Open House Guide to the Surgeon General’s office for consideration and it has been approved. It is recommended that virtual open houses be used whenever possible. However, if it is determined that holding a virtual open house is not the best option, you can now schedule a "live" open house in Matrix.

Calling all Parrotheads! The RPAC Auction is June 11 from 6 until 7pm. Online bidding begins June 8. Zoom in for guest appearances by NAR President Malta, Florida REALTORS®  President Grooms, NABOR®  President Melo and NABOR® 's own Jimmy Buffett. Enjoy the margarita demonstration and previews of incredible auction items. Maybe you'll win the prize for the "Best Hawaiian Shirt" or the "Best Tropical Drink"! More information to come!
The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® Board of Directors seeks leaders for the 2021 Board of Directors. This is your opportunity to shape our Board and the business support it provides to you and our industry. We welcome your application. View the application and qualification information in the link.
NABOR®  is making shopping easy for you. Shop online at for top-selling, business-boosting products with curbside pickup. Find community maps, flyer stands, brochure boxes, shoe covers, St. Joseph statues and much, much more.
HUD Extends Eased FHA Appraiser/Employment Rules
Most FHA property appraisals can be done without an appraiser physically entering the home under temporary rules that were extended from May 17 to June 30, 2020. 
FHFA Updates Forbearance Homeowners' Repayment Options
Once a homeowner in forbearance can start make payments again, they’ll have simplified options to either sell the home, refinance or extend the length of their current loan. 
Fla.’s Ban on Evictions Extended Through June
Just hours before the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures was set to expire, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a new executive order that extends the current ban to July 1. 
Procuring Cause is Commission Cause
By William G. Morris, Esq. and Jeri Cobb. Find out how procuring cause can generate commission income but could also make nightmares.
Unemployment Update
If you submitted an unemployment application on or before April 4, YOU NEED TO APPLY AGAIN. If you submitted an application on or after April 5, you DO NOT need to reapply. In both cases, independent contractors will be denied state benefits; once denied, the Fla. Dept. of Economic Opportunity will contact you with instructions on applying for federal benefits. Confused? A DEO flowchart helps explain the process.
COVID-19 Changed a Lot – Here’s a Recap of Legal Resources
Read about new disclosures, explanations and educational videos from Florida Realtors®.
Florida Realtors® Legal Hotline
Attorneys will answer your questions about filing for unemployment. Call 407-438-1409 between 9:00AM and 4:45PM, MON - FRI (FREE).
Practical Guide to Association Special Assessments under the NABOR® Contract
Learn about special assessments by associations and not special assessments by governmental bodies, by Shaun M. Garry, Esq., Legal Resources and MLS Committee member.
A Summary of the NABOR® Forms: Amendment to Sales Contract COVID-19 and Addendum to Sales Contract COVID-19
A presentation by Kevin Lottes, Esq.
FR/BAR Contracts and Corona: How to Survive your COVID-Closing
Understand how the coronavirus can impact a real estate transaction to adequately protect yourself and your clients, by Jared Gaylord, Esq.
Florida Realtors® White Paper: When It Comes to Contracts, Is Coronavirus a 'Force Majeure'?
Forms Update: 5 Listing Agreements Have Changed
All four versions of the Exclusive Right of Sale Listing Agreement (ERS) and the Exclusive Brokerage Listing Agreement (EBLA) have now been updated to reflect NAR’s Clear Cooperation Policy, by Meredith Caruso.
Clear Cooperation
The new mandatory MLS Rule 8.0/Clear Cooperation came into effect May 1. This rules how "Pocket", "Coming Soon" and "Office Exclusive" listings can be advertised.
View this newsletter to find a selection of online classes offered for your professional development. CE classes and others, many are free or offered at a reduced rate.
NAR's resource for online courses that will enhance your career.
What’s NAR doing for me? Interview with NAR Chief Advocate Bill Malkasian, NAR Chief Advocacy Officer.
NAR's Advocacy Work in Washington Towards COVID-19 Relief
NAR's Mortgage and Personal Finance FAQs
Virtual Showings
Mabél Guzmán, NAR's 2020 VP of Association Affairs, provides a strategy for virtual showings and tours during COVID-19.
CARES ACT (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act)
A Summary of the CARES Act and FFCRA Benefits Presented by Amy Garrard, Attorney at Law.
Coronavirus: SBA CARES Act FAQs
Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan updates are provided by Florida Realtors®.
SBA Loan Advice for Florida Realtors® During Coronavirus
Brett Wherry, Director of Business Advisory at Berman Hopkins CPA & Associates, offers financial advice for Florida Realtors® members to help you cope during the coronavirus pandemic, including information on Economic Injury Disaster Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program.
Membership Support: Call 239-597-1666 to reach Membership support staff. You can also email with your questions and comments.
MLS Support: Call 239-597-1666 with your MLS questions and concerns or email
Supra Lockbox: To purchase a lockbox, make an appointment by emailing Your lockbox will be placed outside NABOR®'s main entrance upon your arrival to pick-up at the agreed upon time.
Supra eKEY: If you have questions or want to request e-KEY activation services, email The Supra support line is 877-699-6787.

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Message from the CEO

The Leadership Team and staff continue to serve members through this challenging time, providing the best service possible. The issues surrounding this pandemic change rapidly and the Board is prepared to adapt. Rest assured that NABOR® is here to help.