Proof you can carry plus other member questions answered inside…
Proof you can carry plus other member questions answered inside…
March 24, 2020

Dear IAR Member,

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-08. It directs Hoosiers to stay at home to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The order is effective at 11:59pm today through 11:59pm on April 6, 2020.

Here's the email we sent all members yesterday afternoon. It explains that the order lists real estate services as essential including appraisal and title services (number 14, section t) and that you may travel for work purposes (number 16, section a). Please review the email and share the link with those who may need the info.

The most common question we’ve received since the Governor issued his stay-at-home order is, we can travel but what about our clients?

The answer is yes, your clients may travel. That’s because of the phrase “access to” in number 16, section a –

Any travel that is related to the provision of, or access to, Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses and Operations, or Minimum Basic Operations.

Some members have also asked what to do if they’re questioned by law enforcement. So, we put together a document you can carry as you travel. This is not a legal document. We intend it as a communications piece to help ease concerns you may encounter.
Proof of Real Estate as an Essential Service
Another common question we’ve received since the Governor’s executive order is, what about the license renewal deadline? Is it extended?

The answer is no, your license renewal deadline remains June 30, 2020. That’s because the 60-day license extension announced by Governor Holcomb only applies to licenses that expire within the time period of his executive order (today – April 6, 2020).

We told you in a previous email that we organized a letter to Governor Holcomb asking him to speed up implementation of the electronic notary statute set to go into effect July 1. Indiana is one of 12 states that have enacted such a statute. IAR continues to push for this. We hope to share favorable news soon.
We are in the process of creating a web page to host all our COVID-19 related communications and resources. We will email you again when that page is live. Until then, thank you! Thank you for your membership and trusting us to keep you current and compliant during this rapidly changing time. Thank you for the innovation and excellence with which you are serving clients. Thank you for doing your part to keep your family and neighborhood healthy.
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