Secretary Gorbea Announces Remote Online Notarization To Enable Business to Continue During COVID-19 Emergency

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced an agreement with Governor Gina Raimondo that enables Remote Online Notarization to be permitted on a temporary basis. Remote Online Notarization will allow individuals to honor social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic during business transactions requiring a notary public.

Temporary Remote Online Notarization is effective April 3, 2020, until the termination of Rhode Island’s state of emergency. A step-by-step guide to the Remote Online Notarization process is available on Secretary Gorbea’s new streamlined Business Services website.

NAR Offers Members TeleHealthSM to Realtors® at No Cost

The National Association of Realtors® is expanding access to Members TeleHealthSM at no cost to its members for those who register before April 15.

Members TeleHealthSM provides around-the-clock access to non-emergency healthcare from more than 2,300 board-certified U.S. physicians. Common issues addressed through telemedicine include allergies, asthma, rashes, joint aches, flu and nausea, among others.

What should REALTORS® do when renting or selling to a tenant or buyer from another state?

On March 28th, the State of Rhode Island issued a notice to REALTORS® letting them know they should furnish renters/buyers coming to Rhode Island with an advisory regarding the Governor’s orders. REALTORS® are also instructed to instruct renters/buyers from another state to sign an addendum when signing the rental agreement, lease or deed. The restrictions do not apply to public health, public safety or healthcare workers.

Code of Ethics

NAR has changed their renewal policy.  We are in Cycle 6 which means you have from January 1, 2019 – December 1, 2021 to complete your COE course. This will give you 3 CORE credits and your mandated COE class.

RENEW your Sales License by May 31, 2020

The Dept of Business Regulation has a NEW process this year.  There is a link on their home screen to click on to renew your license by April 30, 2020.  You will need to upload all of your certificates from approved classes to show you completed the 24 credits.  The 24 credits consist of 18 approved class and 6 CORE credits.  These certificates must be dated from May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2020 to be accepted. Follow this DBR link for more help! Quick License Renewal