PGCAR COVID-19 Update
PGCAR Coronavirus Resource Guide

Important Coronavirus updates for PGCAR members
Revised January 2, 2021
Recent updates are in italics and red below.
Click on any bold blue link for resource details.

The State of Maryland continues to take 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 continue to operate 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 direct impact of COVID-19 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.

COVID-19 Resources

National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)

  • NAR has provided guidance to help REALTORS® respond to the coronavirus's potential impact on the real estate industry.

Rental Owners, Management and Tenants Assistance

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Additional Resources

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) was extended until December 31, 2021.

Coronavirus Emergency Legislation: What REALTORS® Need to Know

  • 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.

Impact of H.R. 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" on NAR Members

  • The legislation guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding.

National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Right Tools, Right Now Initiative

National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) COVID-19 Response Hotline

  • The National Association of REALTORS® announced a new hotline that members can call if they have questions about the association's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Members also can call the hotline for the latest information on what programs and services are being developed to help them in their business during this time.

  • The hotline number is 800-874-6500.

National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Advocacy

  • NAR Coronavirus Advocacy FAQs

  • NAR TEXT Number - Text COVID19 to number 30644 to receive the latest information on NAR's advocacy efforts on COVID-19.

PUA & YOU: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide for REALTORS®

  • Applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) can prove to be a challenging puzzle. In this video, two labor and employment attorneys and two REALTORS® share their expertise and offer advice on the unemployment application process.

COVID-19: Workplace Re-Entry Checklist

  • As the dialogue is shifting to how to re-open the economy across multiple jurisdictions, please check out the listed resources and checklist for helpful guidance as we all start navigating this next phase.

Prince George's Business Resources

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 remain closed to the public with limited exceptions 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 (E-recording platform)

  • 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® - Federal and State COVID-19 Assistance Programs

  • The information provided is intended to give real estate agents and brokers a brief description of some of the programs and assistance available to them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • These programs provide varying support from forgivable loans to assist companies meeting payroll, to low interest loans helping companies stay open, to unemployment benefits and family and medical leave assistance.

  • Many of the programs allow self-employed / independent contractors to participate. Others provide alternative assistance to self-employed. And others apply only to small businesses with actual W-2 employees. Please read the "Key Considerations" before reviewing the program charts.

Maryland REALTORS® Frequently Asked Questions: Unemployment Issues

Maryland REALTORS® COVID-19 Resources

Maryland REALTORS® COVID-19 Assistance Programs Flowchart

Maryland REALTORS® Online Legal Hotline Questionnaire Form

  • To take advantage of this alternative to Maryland REALTORS® valuable member benefit, simply fill in the form and click SUBMIT. A Staff Attorney will respond by phone or in writing within two (2) business days.

  • Please be brief but specific. Some questions will be easier to answer in this format, so be aware that if we need additional information to address your issue, Maryland REALTORS® may contact you or suggest you call the Hotline during its regular hours of operation.

  • PLEASE NOTE: The submission of a question through use of the form is recorded as a Legal Hotline call. Salespersons may call the Hotline 4 times per year; Brokers or Managers may place unlimited calls.

Maryland Business Loans

  • NEW!   Maryland Economic Adjustment Fund (MEAF) - Provides loans of up to $150,000 for small and underserved businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Funds can be used for working capital, equipment, building renovation, real estate acquisition and site improvements. Details & application >

  • COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund - As of July 20, the MSBDFA Fund provides emergency financial relief to businesses that have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis with low interest rates and low documentation loans to eligible Maryland businesses. Five-year term loans ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 with a 0% interest rate for the first 12 months, then 2% for the remaining loan term. Details & application >

  • Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund - a $75 million loan fund, offering no payments due for the first 12 months, then a 36-month term loan at 2% interest rate. Closed to new applications on April 6, additional funds were allocated July 20. Prior applications are being reviewed in the order received.

  • Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund - a $50 million fund for businesses and non-profits, offering grant amounts up to $10,000. Closed to new applications on April 6, additional funds were allocated July 20. Prior applications are being reviewed in the order received.

Maryland Business Relief Wizard

  • The Maryland Business Relief Wizard is a tool that helps connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they're eligible, streamlining the process of finding support.

Maryland Department of Labor
Division of Unemployment Insurance

  • REALTORS® in Maryland who are self-employed or independent contractors can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Benefits.

  • The new Beacon One-Stop application allows all Marylanders to file all types of claims entirely online! This includes those who are eligible for regular benefits, CARES Act benefits, and individuals who were previously required to file by phone.

Maryland Department of Labor
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

  • 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.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan

  • A new round of PPP loans was approved December 27. Although applications aren't available yet, this is a good time to prepare to apply quickly, with your accountant and bank. Read more >

  • PPP Loan Forgiveness - The deadline to apply for PPP forgiveness, before it converts to a loan that needs to be repaid, is 10 months after the end of the loan's covered period. Apply for SBA PPP loan forgiveness through your PPP lender.

  • A simplified PPP forgiveness application for loans under $50,000 was released October 8. Read more > See application >

  • On June 16, the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department released the PPP EZ Loan Forgiveness Application for borrowers meeting certain qualifications such as not having employees or not reducing employee wages by more than 25% during covered time.

  • To apply for forgiveness of your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, you must complete the application and submit it to your lender (or the lender that is servicing your loan). Borrowers may also complete this application electronically through their lender.

Comptroller of Maryland - Extension of Several Tax Filings

  • Peter Franchot, Maryland Comptroller, announced an extension of several business tax deadlines until April 15, 2021. Click above or here for the list of delayed taxes.

Maryland Moratorium on Utility Shut-Offs Ended November 15, 2020

The following companies have stated they will work with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identity energy assistance options. More information is available at the following links:

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 dmingo@pgcar.com.

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.

Other Helpful Links

Prince George's County Coronavirus Information Page

Prince George's County Health Department Coronavirus Hotline
Phone: 301-883-6627

Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS)

Maryland Unites

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Maryland Attorney General - Brian E. Frosh

Maryland Department of Labor

Maryland Business Express

Maryland Department of Commerce

Maryland Department of Health
Phone: 1-877-463-3464

Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
Phone: 1-800-232-4636

World Health Organization (WHO)

Maryland Health Connection Emergency Special Enrollment Period
Phone: 1-855-642-8572

Maryland Department of Aging
Phone: 1-800-243-3425

United Way
Call, text or chat: 211

Food Assistance