We appreciate your membership and are committed to keeping you updated on the latest developments. Greater Tampa REALTORS® is working hard to provide the latest and accurate information to the membership. We will continue to remain available to support our membership in the best possible way.

For official COVID-19 updates, please visit the CDC website.

GTR Emergency Operations Plan

GTR has detailed a plan for reopening and operating to meet our highest priority – the safety of members and employees. These procedures shall affect all REALTORS®, Affiliates and employees and are for the benefit of our entire association.

The GTR Board of Directors adopted this plan by resolution on Thursday, May 14 and expects all members and employees to comply when engaging with GTR. Amid the challenges that have arisen during this pandemic, GTR is here to support you and your business. During the September Board meeting, our Leadership agreed to continue to operate in the current Phase 2 of the Emergency Policy Plan through October. 

Members should review the entire document to understand the full scope of procedures enacted for their benefit. We ask for your partnership and cooperation in following these guidelines. Click here to view the full plan.

Florida Safer-at-Home Update

On Sept. 25, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244 announcing Phase 3 of Florida’s reopening plan of the COVID-19: Right to Work; Business Certainty; Suspension of Fines, which began Friday, September 25, 2020.

Phase 3 eliminates all restrictions from previous COVID-19 Executive Orders. Restaurants may operate at full indoor capacity. It also suspends the collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 enforced upon individuals.


As an independent contractor, how do I apply for unemployment benefits?

New guidance from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for independent contractors: If you submitted an unemployment application on or before April 4, 2020, YOU NEED TO APPLY AGAIN. If you submitted your application on or after April 5, 2020, you do not need to reapply. In both cases, independent contractors will be denied state benefits when DEO processes your application. Once denied, DEO will contact you with instructions on how to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. This DEO flowchart helps explain the process.

For more information, click here.

Members with questions about unemployment benefits may contact the Legal Hotline at 407.438.1409.

Can I Schedule In-Person Open Houses Announcements in Matrix?

Stellar MLS will now offer both in-person and virtual open house announcement options in Matrix! There are still sellers and buyers that might not be ready for face/face open houses, and many agents have taken advantage of the new virtual open house option in Matrix. Stellar will now be distributing both types of open houses to third-party websites that the broker currently has authorized to receive their data. Please use caution and follow the latest guidelines endorsed by Florida REALTORS®.

If you have questions about Stellar MLS, please contact their Support Center at 800-686-7451 or email support@stellarmls.com.

Can I still purchase Supra lockboxes and store items?

Starting Monday, May 4 we will be offering the opportunity for our members to purchase electronic lockboxes via the REALTOR®  store on RAMCO. Visit tamparealtors.org/lockbox to purchase the lockbox and we will contact you to schedule a time to pick up the item at the W. Kennedy Blvd. location. Pickups will be by appointments only.

What is Member TeleHealth?

In response to the current health crisis, NAR is funding 2-months of access to Members TeleHealth at no cost to REALTORS®, via the Right Tools, Right Now program.

Members TeleHealth provides access to a network of more than 2,300 board-certified physicians, who can address non-emergency medical issues via smartphone, tablet or computer.

What is the Paycheck Protection Program?

The U.S. Small Business Administration designed a Paycheck Protection Program to help businesses retain workers, maintain payroll or make mortgage lease or utility payments.

It is being reported that Congress has not yet reached consensus on how to replenish the Paycheck Protection fund and reports are that the initial 350 billion allocated it fully committed. Florida REALTORS® is working to find out if applications can continue to be submitted until Congress votes to replenish the fund.

For more info: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm981

How may we show properties during COVID-19?

The CDC issued guidelines for REALTORS® to abide by during COVID-19. Click here to access the document: COVID-19 Property Showing Guide.

Don't Put Your Education on Hold - Online Education Options

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Greater Tampa REALTORS® has invested in the industry’s premier online, on-demand video training – David Knox Real Estate Training. This resource provides access to videos, support materials and action plans specifically for Real Estate Agents. This free member benefit offers training wherever and whenever, via your mobile app, laptop or tablet.

Visit realestatetrainingbydavidknox.com to start learning.

CE Shop logoWhether you’re looking to satisfy Continuing Education or Post Licensing requirements The CE Shop has a full offering of courses available. Click here for CE Courses.

COVID-19 Association Update & Three-Phase Plan Overview

Thrive Responsibly with David Knox

General Membership Meeting - 4/28

Legislative Update with Commissioner Murman - 4/8

Legislative Update with Congressman Bilirakis - 4/3

Pasco County Legislative Update with Dan Biles - 5/8

A Virtual Look at Real Estate Today - 4/9

The Fair Housing Forecast Webinar - 4/7

Professional Development Special Announcement

COVID-19 Special Real Estate Update - 3/31

A Message from Your 2020 President

DISCLAIMER: Resource information changes daily and is provided for your and your family’s benefit. Greater Tampa REALTORS® researches the validity of information to the best of our ability, however, system disruptions, failures or changes are not the responsibilities of GTR. We appreciate your feedback on any concerns you may have regarding the resource referrals.

Last Updated: 6/26 at 11:58 a.m.