PGCAR COVID-19 Update
PGCAR Coronavirus Resource Guide
Coronavirus Resource Guide
Revised March 28, 2020
As you may be aware, the State of Maryland has taken unprecedented measures to minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In response to this evolving situation, both the State of Maryland and the Prince George's County Government are currently operating under a state of emergency.
In face of these daunting challenges attributed to the coronavirus, the Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® (PGCAR) has compiled a list of resources that may be beneficial to you or someone that you may know, given the rapidly accelerating developments of COVID-19 and its direct impact to business operations. As an association, we realize the stress, hardship and major interruptions that many of our members may experience and we encourage you to take advantage of any resources and / or critical assistance services that are available as needed.
- NAR has provided guidance to help REALTORS® respond to the coronavirus's potential impact on the real estate industry.
- Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) providing support to American workers, families, and businesses, including the expansion of paid sick leave and family medical leave.
- The legislation guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding.
Prince George's County Clerk of the Circuit Court - Land Records Department (STILL OPERATIONAL)
- The Prince George's County Circuit Court and the Prince George's County District Court are closed to the public until May 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, staff are reporting to work as usual to ensure the continuation of real property record transfers in the county.
- The Land Records Office is not taking any walk-ins.
- Prince George's County is still processing 100% of documents submitted through Simplifile.
- You can also submit documents through the mail with the exception of deeds and deeds of trust.
- Simplifile is an e-recording management platform that both the Prince George's County Circuit Court and the Treasury Division utilize.
- REALTORS® should check with their title company to make sure that they are setup to E-record.
- Maryland REALTORS® COVID-19 Related Delay Addendum - the Maryland REALTORS® legal team created a contract addendum to address real estate transaction delays related to COVID-19.
- Maryland REALTORS® COVID-19 Real Estate FAQs - the Maryland REALTORS® answers FAQs on real estate services during the COVID-19 health emergency and mandatory office closures.
- Per an Executive Order from Governor Larry Hogan, effective March 5, he has ordered that if your real estate license expires during the state of emergency, the license renewal period will be extended until 30 days after the state of emergency is rescinded.
- You are encouraged to continue taking your continuing education courses, renewing your licenses online, and performing all other activities that are required for your license to the extent that you are able.
- SBA Loan Deferments - during the coronavirus crisis, the SBA is providing deferments for up to six months. Two ways that you can apply for these deferments are available by clicking here.
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund - a $75 million loan fund, created for for-profit businesses only, offers no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, then converts to a 36-month term loan of principal and interest payments, with an interest rate at 2% per annum.
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund - a $50 million grant program for businesses and non-profits offers grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020.
- Peter Franchot, Maryland Comptroller, has announced an extension of Business Tax Filing. Click above or here for the deadlines.
- Pepco is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1, and will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options.
- BGE is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1, and will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance option.
- WSSC Water announced March 19 it will suspend all water service shutoffs for those facing financial difficulties. WSSC Water will also waive late fees and work one on one with customers impacted by the outbreak.
Information about the virus is changing rapidly. For additional information on COVID-19, please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and NAR's guidance for REALTORS®.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Dwayne Mingo, Director of Government Affairs for the association at 301-306-7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and we strongly encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and / or network, and continue to be safe and take this health epidemic seriously.
Some other helpful links
Prince George's County Health Department Coronavirus Hotline
Maryland Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
Maryland Health Connection Emergency Special Enrollment Period
Maryland Department of Aging